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Allison G. S. Knox

An emergency medical technician and a political scientist, Allison focuses on Emergency Management and Emergency Medical Services policy. Allison has taught at the undergraduate level since 2010. Prior to teaching, Allison worked in a level-one trauma center emergency department and for a member of congress in Washington, D.C. She holds four Master’s degrees in Emergency Management, National Security Studies, International Relations, History, a Graduate Certificate in Homeland Security and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. She is trained in water safety instruction and large animal emergency rescue. She serves on the Board of Trustees for Pi Gamma Mu International Honor Society and also serves as the Advocacy Coordinator of Virginia for the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians.

Hurricanes Irma and Harvey: Managing Burdensome Resources

In a collaborative effort, emergency managers throughout the United States worked to educate the public on minimizing donations to disaster scenes to help manage burdensome resources.

Can We Ever End the Cycle of Drug Overdose Epidemics?

According to several scholars, society moves in cycles. If the drug epidemic is moving in a cyclical fashion, it is important to figure out what the community factors are to break the cycle.

Hurricane Irma and the Importance of Mutual Aid Agreements

While Hurricane Irma complicates emergency management efforts, mutual aid agreements will help managers to deal with the damage from both Harvey and Irma.

Hurricane Harvey: A Massive Exercise of Interagency Collaboration

Harvey is a devastating storm that will require one of the largest recovery efforts in U.S. history - and that includes sound interagency collaboration.

Harvey’s Destruction: Why Wasn’t Houston Evacuated?

As of Monday, August 28 Houston, Texas has not been evacuated. Will it prove to be a good decision?

Disaster Movies: Where Are The Emergency Management Officials?

Emergency management personnel are often omitted from disaster movies; does this mean that the overall public image of emergency managers need improvement?

Carnival Ride Accidents and Their Impact on First Responder Public Policies

Rides at carnivals and state and county fairs sometimes experience mishaps that can cause serious injuries or even death.

Solar Eclipses, Crowd Control and Public Panic

While the total solar eclipse will be absolutely fascinating, emergency managers should prepare for managing large crowds in their respective communities.

Surveying Emergency Agency Volunteers Can Aid Retention and Limit Turnover

Volunteer retention is an important consideration for emergency agencies. Managers should be surveying their volunteers to figure out what areas their organization can improve on to improve retention efforts.

Oxygen Masks for Pets on Ambulances Prevent Tragedies

Many fire departments and Emergency Medical Services agencies are placing oxygen masks on ambulances for animal-related emergencies.