FEMA’s mitigation grant program, Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC), has the power to transform communities across the nation. In this piece, IEM examines BRIC’s ability to enhance resiliency and thoughts on submitting a strong project proposal.
Sunday, August 9, 2020 is National Book Lovers Day. At IEM we LOVE books – we are interested in what we can learn from history in works of nonfiction and welcome the opportunity to escape into a great piece of fiction. To celebrate #nationalbookloversday, the IEM team compiled a list of some our favorite disaster and emergency management related books.
The Atlantic hurricane season officially started on June 1, and with three named storms already behind us, the looming threat of extreme weather compounded with the COVID-19 pandemic is forcing emergency managers to rethink how they will support communities impacted by hurricanes and tropical storms.
As Hurricane Dorian approaches the State of Florida as a potential devastating Category 4 hurricane, individuals, communities, and the State are already in preparation and response postures. From lines of cars packed with essentials heading north, to local emergency operation centers fully staffed, the State of Florida and its citizens are not amateurs when it […]
Looking Back a Year After Hurricane Irma: Interview with Bryan Koon, Florida’s Former Director of Emergency Management
September 10, 2018, marks the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Irma hitting the Florida mainland as a Category 4 storm. It caused the worst flooding in the state’s history and killed 75 Floridians. The damage to Florida has been estimated at $50 billion, and the state is still recovering. This first anniversary of Irma was the […]
Using Threat Vulnerability Asset (TVA) Methodology to Identify Cyber Threats and System Vulnerabilities in Emergency Management
In 2015, IEM published a primer for emergency managers describing the Internet of Things (IoT) and how it may be leveraged to advance the field of emergency management (Coffey, 2015). Sensor feeds from surveillance cameras and other sources, for example, can provide real-time information that can be used to potentially alter evacuation routes and synchronize […]
After anticipating challenges with fuel availability, IEM partnered with GasBuddy, a company that provides a free app designed to help users locate gas stations and fuel prices in real-time. As Irma approached, GasBuddy made color-coded maps available to help residents identify which gas stations were out of power or out of fuel during the evacuation.