Challenging the Next Generation to Communicate Preparedness

by Chris Sheach -

No single communication solution can apply to every situation. To better prepare the next generation of public safety professionals, one professor is challenging young adults to develop social media messaging that reaches diverse populations and encourages action to protect lives and property during emergencies.

A National Plan to Link Response and Recovery

by Robert J. (Bob) Roller -

In March 2023, FEMA published the Response and Recovery Federal Interagency Operational Plan. Learn about this big step forward for the emergency management community – the development and content of this new plan as well as the next steps for key stakeholders.

Leader of the Pack – Canine Detection

by Barb Clark -

In the wake of a disaster, time is critical for locating survivors and recovering bodies. This type of work requires training, skills, and abilities acquired by canines due to their unique anatomy and physiology. However, there are key considerations before implementing K9 programs.

An Integrated Public Safety Approach for Evolving Threats

by Eva Jernegan -

Evolving threats require integrated public safety approaches. Concepts like the Rescue Task Force, models like the Cynefin Framework, and numerous other available resources can help communities develop collaborative response plans for evolving threats and complex coordinated attacks like fire as a weapon.

Data Sharing – A Necessary Public Safety Tool

by Michael Breslin -

Criminal activities are not limited to jurisdictional boundaries, nor should the ability to share information collaboratively. Cooperative data sharing within and between jurisdictions is essential for today’s law enforcement demands. As such, law enforcement and other public safety agencies must work together to create a safer and more just society.

Linking Resilience and Innovation for Emergency Preparedness

by Nia D’Emilio & Christopher Tarantino -

When preparing for emergencies, the terms resilience and innovation are more than just buzzwords – sometimes, they are a matter of life and death. Since no two events are identical, managing a crisis requires ever-changing solutions to increasingly complex problems. One research project sought to measure these qualities.

Building Business Post-Disaster – A Florida Case Study

by Mark McQueen -

Opportunities can be found in the wake of great devastation. However, it can be challenging to plan for the future while restoring critical services and repairing the damage left in the crisis’s wake. Recovery plans should look beyond what existed before the disaster and include laying a foundation for regrowth and new business.

PACEing a Communications Resilience Plan

by Charles J. Guddemi -

Most organizations have a daily operational plan for their communications that works most of the time and a backup plan for a short-term problem. However, many do not have a primary, alternate, contingency, emergency (PACE) plan for critical operational tasks. Learn more about the benefits of creating and maintaining a PACE plan.

Winter Storm – Reimagining Recovery Using Support Functions

by Jamie Hannan & Stephanie Wright -

Out of first-time events come many important lessons learned. For example, information must be disseminated using familiar terminology when an unfamiliar event occurs. In addition, recovery is a team effort that begins before the event has ended. Learn how the third most populated county in the United States handled recovery after Winter Storm Uri in 2021.

Applications for a Newly Developed Risk and Resilience Tool

by Christina Nunez, Kyle Pfeiffer & Rao Kotamarthi -

A new, publicly available tool provides a window into how future climate realities could affect U.S. cities and towns. Learn how planners and decision-makers can get map-based analyses driven by peer-reviewed climate data using this free portal.