The Montecito mudslide disaster is not an easy emergency to work. Time is of the essence and there are serious safety issues for public safety employees.
Volunteered geographic information (VGI) and social media have become valuable tools to provide emergency responders with vital situational awareness.
The Ground Emergency Medical Transportation program is a piece of the puzzle that impacts the web of EMS policy, finances and budgetary constraints.
The overall decision to designate a shooting as a terrorist attack is a political decision, but it has benefits in regard to improving public understanding.
Are students still equipped with the skills they need to manage a small-scale emergency if certification programs only involve training for a test?
What elements are needed for preparedness and response capabilities? How feasible is it for a community to prepare for every disaster?
Evacuation decisions are difficult and are politically charged. They also fuel how the public will react to major events in the future.
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is gaining an understanding in the EMS community as more and more awareness is made.
Are citizens in need of further training and education regarding emergency management efforts? Perhaps by improving educational awareness, there would be less public irritation and better understanding of emergency management principles.
Community resiliency is important to fostering preparedness and recovery during a disaster. Citizens should be educated on using their personal network for assistance during an emergency.