Introduction to Emergency Management

Chapter 10: The Future of Emergency Management

Introduction to Emergency Management
Introduction to
Emergency Management

National Leadership and Institutional Change

  • FEMA Is Losing Employees at an Alarming Rate (GovExec, May 9, 2023): “Burnout is leading to attrition as disasters spike, but watchdog also blames agency for poor workforce management.”
  • ‘We’re being dragged along’: Extreme weather puts governors to the test (Politico, October 13, 2021): “Now there’s worry storms made more intense and frequent by a warming planet could become a fact of life for northeast states, much the way wildfires and drought have beset the West. As that happens, governors more familiar with snowy winters will increasingly be forced to turn at a moment’s notice to disaster mode, setting aside elections, budgets and normal policymaking to become emergency coordinators. They’ll likely face questions about what’s been done to prepare for the worst — and what could or should have been to save lives.”
  • New Disaster Safety Board Introduced: U.S. Senators Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.) announced they will introduce The Disaster Learning and Life Saving Act of 2020. The bipartisan legislation will create a new permanent and independent board to study the underlying causes of disaster related fatalities and property damage nationwide. The National Disaster Safety Board (NDSB) will make recommendations to all levels of government on how to improve the resiliency of communities across the country.
  • IAEM Recommendations for Action During the First 100 Days of the Administration of President-Elect Biden (December 3, 2020)

The Politics of Disaster Risk

Improving Emergency Management Programs

Emergency Management Reform

Equity / Environmental & Social Justice / Gender

Capacity Development and Decentralization of Responsibility

Resilience Concept

Disaster Fatigue


Infrastructure Risk

US Military Adaptation Efforts

Political Implications of Disaster / Humanitarian Assistance

Interesting Issues