Emergency Management

Salt Lake City Cracks Down on Large Groups Greeting Missionaries at Airport

The stricter rules came after hundreds of residents ignored social-distancing guidelines to greet missionaries returning from abroad.

Disasters Collide: How the Pandemic Will Affect Response to Natural Disasters

COMMENTARY | Flooding and tornado season are underway and hurricane season is just around the corner. How will state and local governments—already strained by the coronavirus pandemic—deal with other natural disasters?

Vermont and Minnesota Now Recognize Grocery Employees as Emergency Workers

Minnesota and Vermont declared some food workers "essential personnel," giving them access to child care during working hours.

The Coronavirus Response is Straining an Already Depleted Public Health System

Years of funding shortfalls have left local health departments understaffed, vacancies that become particularly glaring during a large-scale emergency, advocates say.

Protecting the Privacy of First Responders

A proposal in New York would prohibit disclosure of the home addresses of paramedics and firefighters to defense attorneys during court proceedings.

Ushering in A New Era of Firefighting

COMMENTARY | Fire departments must embrace three important measures to adequately prepare for a future laden with uncertainty.

'The Mayor Can Set The Tone': How City Leaders Respond to Mass Shootings

Mayors who have seen their cities go through mass shootings discuss how to recover from—and whether it's possible to prepare for—tragedy.

A Plan to Expand Workers Comp Benefits to First Responders with PTSD

The Wisconsin Senate this week approved a bill that would extend benefits available to full-time law enforcement officers and firefighters, but not apply to volunteers or EMTs.

Five States Diverted 911 Fees For Other Purposes, FCC Says

Montana was removed from the list of states shamed by the federal agency after the state banned the practice of diverting these funds.

Communities Lag in Resiliency Planning, Survey Finds

A survey of city and county administrators found that more than half of communities had not completed or considered a long-term sustainability or resiliency plan.

Paramedics Slower to Respond After Deadly Incidents, Study Finds

When emergency workers handle a serious call during the course of a shift it can have a nearly immediate negative affect on job performance, according to new research.

Sensing Disaster: Using Tech to Improve Preparedness in New York City

COMMENTARY | Increased adoption of GIS technologies can help New York predict and prepare for future emergencies.

Fires and Explosions Spread Across Three Towns. They Worked Together to Respond

Fires and explosions tore across three Massachusetts towns last fall, the result of over-pressurized gas lines. Here's how officials say they banded together to contain the emergency.

Former Emergency Managers: Act Now Before the Next Storm

COMMENTARY | A former FEMA Administrator and former Florida emergency manager urge states and local governments to invest time and resources into preparing for future severe weather events.

Facebook Expands Tool That Lets Local Governments Send Alerts

The system will offer authorities a way to send targeted notifications about emergencies and other issues to residents.

Small Towns Face Congestion Risk During Evacuations, Report Says

A new traffic analysis finds Florida and California are home to the most communities at risk of having congested roads during an emergency evacuation.

Ensuring That Disaster Planning Considers People With Disabilities

A California state official describes a “cultural shift” he’s seen in recent years.

No Climate Event in 2,000 Years Compares to What’s Happening Now

While parts of the world have warmed or cooled in the past, modern climate change is happening just about everywhere at the same time.

As Temperatures Heat Up, Cities Need to Keep People Safe

A new guidebook, released by a disaster relief agency, offers strategies for cities to prepare for and learn from stretches of hot weather.

Getting Ready for Federal Disaster Mitigation Money

COMMENTARY | Local government officials need plans for when Community Development Block Grant dollars begin to flow.