Introduction to Emergency Management
Introduction to Emergency Management
Introduction to International Disaster Management
Introduction to International Disaster Management
Fantastic video that takes viewers through the course of the 2018 Sonoma Complex Fires.

Alert and Warning

Disaster Assessments

  • In 2020, the US Federal Emergency Management Agency released two guides, one full-length and one pocket version, to assist disaster assessment teams in collecting and reporting data.

Whole Community

US Coast Guard Response

Defense Support of Civil Authorities (DSCA)

  • The Productivity Secrets of the Air Force’s Disaster Gurus (GQ, July 8, 2021): “They’re an elite response unit trained to tackle enormous events that strike without warning—earthquakes, hurricanes, even invasions. They’re never harried or anxious or unprepared. And they can teach us a lot about getting things done with speed and style.”
  • Canadian Military On Alert As Wildfires Rage (International Businss Times, July 3, 2021): “The Canadian military was on standby Saturday to help evacuate towns and fight more than 170 wildfires fueled by a record-smashing heat wave and tinder-dry conditions as the government in Ottawa warned of a “long and challenging summer” ahead.”


First Aid and Medical

Response Challenges

Fatality Management

Search and Rescue


Video Showing How Evacuation Works in Marin County, California


Public Health and Medical Preparedness

Humanitarian Response / International Disaster Response

Emerging Technology

Responding to Ongoing Effects of the Event

Improving Response Capacity

  • Disaster fatigue is getting worse with more billion-dollar extreme weather events (The Hill, October 10, 2021): “The physical resources and human effort needed to restore a sense of normalcy to places affected by disasters is limited, and they are tested with every new event. Because of the size of these events, they require assistance from local, state and federal governments. With a limited amount of funds and responders, the increased number and size of events are straining an already-stressed system.” 

Liability Issues

  • Civilian Reservist Emergency Workforce Act of 2021 (Bill passed September 14, 2022): “A bill to amend the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act to provide certain employment rights to reservists of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and for other purposes.”)

Responder Funding

Anticipatory Action