January 2011

Underestimating the Looming Cyber-Threat Would Prove Perilous

The threat of cyber-attacks to the nation's critical infrastructure has been steadily increasing, while it has become clearer that the U.S. is unprepared to protect itself against such attacks.

Departments

The Impact of IPAWS on Public Alerts and Warnings

Federally mandated by presidential executive order, the IPAWS program is progressing rapidly, developing into a promising tool for local emergency managers.

Demistifying the Message to Create Effective Emergency Alerts

Understanding social science research on emergency warnings is key to developing alert and warning plans that grab the public’s attention.

Recovery Doesn’t Just Happen

Most communities lack disaster recovery planning experience, but examples of effective efforts provide lessons learned and help create best practices

Girl Scouts Work to be 'Prepared not Scared'

A partnership between the Girl Scouts of the USA and federal agencies seeks to help establish a culture of preparedness.

James Demby Leads the Way for FEMA’s National Dam Safety Program

Communicating the risk to populations downstream of dams is one goal of the National Dam Safety Program.

What Health Risks do Fire Extinguishers Pose to Health-Care Facilities?

Knowing this can lead to the decision of whether to extinguish or evacuate.

Columns

Reaching Younger Audiences Requires Creativity (Opinion)

Preparedness messages should be taught through means that children enjoy and find engaging — like video games.

Politics Is Unavoidable for Emergency Managers (Opinion)

There’s an undercurrent of politics that rules our lives at the federal, state and local levels of government.

Establishing Responsible Social Media Use

Emergency responders and citizens need to establish and accept rules for proper social media use during emergencies.

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