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Allison G. S. Knox

Passionate about the issues affecting ambulances and disaster management, Allison focuses on Emergency Management and Emergency Medical Services policy. Allison has taught at the undergraduate level since 2010. Prior to teaching, she 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, and History; a Graduate Certificate in Homeland Security; and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. Allison is an Emergency Medical Technician, Lifeguard, and Lifeguard Instructor, and is trained in Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue. She serves on the Board of Trustees for Pi Gamma Mu International Honor Society as Chancellor of the Southeast Region, Vice Chair of the Tactical Emergency Medical Support Committee with the International Public Safety Association, and serves as the Advocacy Coordinator of Virginia with the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians. She is also a member of several committees including the Editorial Committee with APCO, the Rescue Task Force Committee with the International Public Safety Association, and the Advocacy Committee with the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians. She also serves as Chair of the Leadership Development Program for the 2020 Pi Gamma Mu Triennial Convention. Allison has published several book reviews and continues to write about issues affecting ambulances, emergency management, and homeland security.

Lessons from the Battlefield: Tourniquets Can Save Lives

Using the tourniquet is an important piece of managing mass casualty incidents. But training the general public in the use of tourniquets is also important because it helps manage scarce resources.

Are We Repeating Lessons from the 1918 Spanish Flu Pandemic?

If we are simply repeating the lessons learned from a 100-year-old pandemic, shouldn't we be trying to figure out new methods to get the general public on board when restrictions are problematic?

Weather Forecasting Is Better, So Why Not Emergency Management?

Emergency management continues to get better, but the sheer amount of resources needed is always a problem.

TV Doesn’t Show How Well Hurricane Disasters Are Handled

Do TV images of disasters such as a hurricane really show us how an emergency unfolds, how it will be responded to and how long it will take for recovery?

Hurricane Laura: More National Compassion Is Needed 

While emergency management officials and others note the importance of community resilience, there needs to be a stronger voice for compassion nationally.

Police Reform: Part of a Larger Issue with US Society?

Working to reform law enforcement agencies is certainly a start, but it will not be the “be-all-end-all” of police reforms our country needs.

Kingdon’s ‘Window of Opportunity’ and Emergency Management

John Kingdon's Multiple Streams Framework: Is the window of opportunity arriving to bring forth real change for Black Americans in the United States?

Defunding Police Agencies May Create New EMS Funding

In the wake of Black Lives Matter protests and after the tragic death of Mr. George Floyd, communities have pondered whether or not to defund law enforcement as a means of reforming it.

Uganda Floods, Recovery and the International Community

Uganda and several other East African nations last month experienced major deadly flooding brought on by unusually heavy rains.

Floods in Uganda Have Lessons for Future Disaster Management 

When major emergencies like the Uganda floods happen, there are always major issues to consider to help manage the crisis.