Disaster Preparedness & Recovery

Top 12 Stories of 2012

From issues with preparedness messages to best practices for evacuating communities, Emergency Management looks back at the year’s most popular articles.

 

Each year Emergency Management covers a wide range of topics that seek to highlight lessons learned and best practices. Here is a look back at the most popular articles from 2012.

The Preparedness Message Isn’t Reaching the Public
Americans have a false sense of security when it comes to disasters, and should they become victims, most haven’t taken steps to help themselves during the first few days after one strikes. Experts say either the preparedness message isn’t getting across, or the wrong message is being sent.

All-Hazards Type 3 Incident Management Teams Are Catching On
Having already proven their worth in various parts of the country, All-Hazard Type 3 Incident Management Teams (IMT) are now catching on in other areas — and their growth within the last five years is punctuated by the creation of the All-Hazards Incident Management Teams Association, incorporated in December 2010. The concept is to assemble a trained team that can immediately respond to a major, widespread emergency or catastrophic event anywhere in the nation, and help manage any incident that would extend to multiple days.

Professionals Debate the Need for Emergency Management Certification
Emergency management’s evolution as a profession has included the development of professional certifications like the Certified Emergency Manager (CEM). But professionals disagree about how useful the certification is to individuals and to the profession. Some say certification is a needed step toward emergency management becoming a more mature profession. Others say the work required to maintain the certification outweighs any benefits.

3 Emerging Technologies That Will Impact Emergency Management
Emergency Management sought out emerging technologies that will positively impact the field and possibly change how people think tech fits into preparedness, response and recovery.

Emergency Managers’ Best Practices for Evacuating Communities
With wildfires displacing tens of thousands in Colorado and other Western states, evacuation is on the minds of many in the emergency management community. In Colorado, what’s being called the most destructive wildfire in the state’s history forced the evacuation of more than 35,000 residents and destroyed nearly 350 homes. Emergency Management talked to four experts about the best practices and lessons learned from their experiences involving large evacuations.


The 10 Commandments of Emergency Management (Opinion)
It was Sunday morning and my wife and I had skipped church. I was in the backyard pruning a burning bush when a voice came into my head and suggested that I could do penance by writing about the ten commandments of emergency management. The woman’s voice said she would show me the way.

Space Weather: What Emergency Managers Need to Know
Extreme space weather is a low-probability but high-impact event. It has come onto emergency managers’ radar within the last few years and is now being added into planning efforts at federal and state agencies. And now is the time to work it into preparedness activities. Solar weather works in 11-year cycles, and a solar maximum is expected in May 2013, meaning there’s an increased chance for an extreme event.

4 Tips for Creating an Emergency Management Career
While there are benefits to both academic training and field experience, newcomers to the vocation don’t have to wait until they finish their degrees, or until they snag that coveted first job, to get involved. Here are a few ways for new and emergent emergency management professionals to establish themselves in this dynamic and diverse profession.

One Hospital’s Incredible Response to the Aurora, Colo., Shooting
The emergency response to the mass shooting at the movie theater in Aurora, Colo., on July 20 follows a quick timeline — and one that probably saved lives.

FEMA Corps Develops the Next Generation of Emergency Managers
The federal government officially unveiled FEMA Corps in Vicksburg, Miss., on Sept. 19, inducting 240 enrollees into the emergency management program. FEMA Corps is a partnership between FEMA and the Corporation for National and Community Service that adds additional support for response and recovery of disasters by new FEMA Corps teams within AmeriCorps. Each team will consist of 10 FEMA Corps members, 18- to 24-year-olds who have signed up for the program. 

Sandy Hook School Probably Well Prepared as Heroes Emerge After Massacre
There are many more questions than answers about the shooting that took the lives of 20 kids and six administrators at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14. But in general schools and businesses can and should examine their emergency plans and how they would respond, not only during a shooting, but also during various potential hazards.

Disaster Dozen: 12 Myths of Disaster Preparedness
The biggest obstacles to comprehensive family emergency readiness education are the misconceptions surrounding the true nature of preparedness. So to set the stage for better education, and ultimately better public safety, let’s take a look at some of these myths.
 

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