How Hurricane Sandy Changed Social Media Strategies in New York


How have things changed as far as social media strategies and use since those two days during Hurricane Sandy?

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New FEMA Guide for Active Shooter and Mass Casualty Incidents


The Federal Emergency Management Agency has released a new emergency response guide that provides an array of response tactics for “complex and demanding incidents that may well be beyond the traditional training of the majority of firefighters and emergency medical technicians.”

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5 Emergency Management and Public Safety Trends for 2014 and Beyond


Predicting the future is a tricky undertaking, but by looking at the recent past we can predict with relative certainty that these issues will come to the fore or continue to gain traction for the emergency management and public safety worlds for 2014 and beyond.

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Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS): A Collaborative Alert & Warning Effort


Distributing life-saving information during a crisis is critical to strengthening and maintaining continuity of operations for individuals, their families, their communities and the public and private sector.  The Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) is the nation’s solution for effectively communicating emergency alerts and warnings in the event of natural or man-made disasters.

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Cyberattack: Possibilities Emergency Managers Need to Consider


Emergency planners routinely think about the outside world: What if that building fell to a natural disaster or man-made attack, or that neighborhood flooded? What if hackers disabled that water plant or took out the power grid? Now turn that same question inward. What if they struck against you?

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Long-Term Recovery Planning: What You Need to Know


One day something large and very bad will happen in Los Angeles. That’s a given. With training and preparation, emergency managers will be ready to respond on that day. What comes next, however, is a topic seldom discussed. Continue reading Long-Term Recovery Planning: What You Need to Know

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Enhancing organizations’ adaptive capacity and resilience through effective decision-making in the recovery phase


Complex, disruptive, events require sound leadership and an ability to effectively address uncertainty. Applying effective decision-making to meet the challenges created by emergencies and disasters requires leaders to consider and balance their thinking with that of others and to engage in new approaches to emergency decision-making.

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Must-Have, Industry-Defining Book on Emergency Building Evacuation


Chaos ensues. Crowds become hysterical. Workers and visitors flee the burning building amid falling debris, run frantically through seemingly endless, smoke-filled hallways and stumble down crowded stairwells as fire alarms shriek through the darkness.

Panic sets in. No time for reflection. No time to figure out where to go!

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Threat of Massive Grid Shutdown Increasing in Face of Disasters


The nation’s aging, vulnerable power grid and the threat of natural disasters and terrorist activity make a long-term collapse that could leave millions of Americans in the dark a growing likelihood.  To experts, it’s not if, it’s when.

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Chaos ensues. Crowds become hysterical. Workers and visitors flee the burning building amid falling debris!


Chaos ensues. Crowds become hysterical. Workers and visitors flee the burning building amid falling debris, run frantically through seemingly endless, smoke-filled hallways and stumble down crowded stairwells as fire alarms shriek through the darkness.

Panic sets in. No time for reflection. No time to figure out where to go!

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How Waffle House Became A Disaster Indicator For FEMA


For shelter and supplies after a devastating storm, communities turn to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). But for a clear sense of how bad things are, FEMA turns to Waffle House.

Nearly a decade ago, Florida’s emergency management chief, W. Craig Fugate, noticed that when information was scarce after a disaster, the status of a 24-hour Waffle House restaurant often indicated whether an area had electricity, gas, and passable roads. So he created a three-color rating: green (fully open), yellow (limited menu), and red (closed). Then he brought it with him to his current post as FEMA’s administrator.

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