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RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC, March 4, 2015 – Dan Michael, a seasoned finance executive and CPA with more than 20 years of experience in Fortune 500 corporate finance and business segment controllership, joins global security consulting firm IEM as Chief Financial Officer. Based in IEM’s Research Triangle Headquarters office, Mr. Michael will oversee corporate financial and […]
Research Triangle Park, NC, February 26, 2014 How did you end up in the emergency management field? My first job after graduating was with Louisiana’s Office of Emergency Preparedness (now the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness), serving as program manager of a Hurricane Evacuation Study for Southeast Louisiana. When I took that […]
Tornado Tracks from Moore & El Reno, Oklahoma Show an Eerie Correlation with Heavily Populated Areas
On May 31, the area around Oklahoma City, already battered by tornadoes a little over a week before, experienced several more tornadoes that caused damage including loss of life. A tornado reaching an EF-3 (Severe) wind speed and damage rating touched down just southwest of the city of El Reno, approximately 30 miles west of […]
The explosion at the West Fertilizer plant in West, Texas, this week serves as a sobering reminder of the role of planning and zoning for facilities near chemical plants. Why were a middle school and a nursing home located so close to a fertilizer plant that stores and uses dangerous chemicals, such as anhydrous ammonia? […]
It is still not known why nine rail cars in a 109-car train derailed from the CSX tracks in downtown Bladensboro, NC on this past weekend. Four of the derailed cars were listed as containing hazardous materials, and one of them was full of anhydrous ammonia (NH3), a toxic inhalation hazard. This dense gas, when […]