Emergency Management

For Firefighters Battling Wildfires, Coronavirus Adds New Risks to Already Dangerous Job

States plan to change many usual practices to help prevent the disease from spreading among firefighters, as well as evacuees.

Ending 'Acceptable Losses' in Disasters: How Emergency Management Can Help Build More Equitable Communities

COMMENTARY | Disasters disproportionately affect the most vulnerable. The emergency management enterprise can help reverse this trend by prioritizing and investing in equity.

Canceled Fundraisers, Fewer Volunteers: Small Fire Departments Face Their Own Coronavirus Challenges

Staffing shortages, fundraising difficulties and a lack of personal protective equipment have forced rural and volunteer-driven fire departments to adapt quickly.

Senators Press White House to Up FEMA’s Cost-Share With States

They and others say that with the costs of responding to the coronavirus outbreak stacking up for states, the federal government should do more to help.

States Share Covid-19 Patient Addresses with First Responders

The move to share the home addresses of people who have tested positive for the coronavirus is meant to protect police and emergency workers, but some say the disclosures could give them a false sense of security.

Nearly 200 Cities Short on Supplies for Dealing With Coronavirus, Mayors Report

The U.S. Conference of Mayors says new survey findings show shortages of essential items have reached “crisis proportions.”

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.