New Index of Digital Resources

This blog is going into its 7th year and during that time it has published almost 3,000 postings. Recently the Diva and Amy Sebring have compiled an Index of Recent Digital Resources in Emergency Management for 2016. This 25 page index is a compilation of notable recent resources, many of which have not yet made it into books and formal research publications. The selection was made entirely from postings in this blog.

The index contains the most significant postings of 2016, with annotations and direct URLs. These digital resources can be used for reference or to supplement or replace textbooks.

The Index is an excellent resource for consultants, academics, and students. A copy can be yours  immediately, if you donate $25. or more to the blog.  The special student rate is $10.  Please use the Donate Now feature on the top right-hand corner of the homepage.

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Assessing and Measuring Preparedness

The Diva got a note from a reader, Terry Hastings, and a citation to a recent article he co-authored. She welcomes the chance to share the citation.

Terry wrote “I am a big fan of your blog and thought your readers may be interested in an article recently published by the Domestic Preparedness Journal. It is based on research my project team conducted as part of the EMI Emergency Management Executive Academy.” See: The Ongoing Quest to Assess & Measure Preparedness.  An excerpt follows:

Despite the advent of the national preparedness system and associated assessment efforts, the emergency management community is still challenged to measure and articulate local, state, and national preparedness. One of the biggest challenges to measuring preparedness stems from the fact that preparedness means different things to different people. Additionally, how communities and organizations prepare greatly depends on what they are preparing for. Following is an examination of the ongoing quest to assess and measure preparedness with the goal of identifying good practices, ideas, and recommendations for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and other whole community stakeholders – including public sector, private sector, and nonprofit organizations – to consider.

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New Resilience Website

From the Rockefeller Foundation a new global website on resilience. Go to

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Emergency Management Magazine -Winter 2017

The Diva recommends EM magazine and the latest issue in particular.  There are several interesting articles in the new issue, including a feature on Investing In Recovery. (TheDiva is quoted in that article, having chatted with the author about the topic.)

Other articles of interest include How to Reform FEMA and Evolution of the Emergency Manager.

The magazine is available, at no cost, in hard copy or online.

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Challenges and Opportunities for FEMA

This is an unusual posting in that it’s essentially a “white paper” that was prepared by a notable group of academics who work in the field of hazards, disasters, and emergency management.  They prepared this paper for the incoming FEMA appointees. Since those appointees are not yet known, at the moment the paper is out for review and comment.

Here is the 9-page document titled Urban Challenges and Opportunities for FEMA During the Trump Administration.

Please send comments to Ben Wisner and/or Aaron Clarke-Ginsberg.  Bear in mind I did not participate in this effort but am supportive.

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Using the CERT Model for Businesses

Preparing for Potential Disasters; How to increase the resiliency of biotechnology organizations in the face of emergency risks

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Tackling Disasters Reduces Risk of Conflict

From the new UN Secretary-General, Mr. António Guterres, this piece highlighting the importance of disaster risk reduction for promoting peace and stability. See: Tackling Disaster Reduces the Risk of Conflict

In his address to the UN General Assembly this week, he spoke about the classic drivers of disaster risk in the 21st century. “The effects of climate change, population growth, rapid urbanization, and environmental degradation are contributing to greater competition for resources, adding to tensions and instability,” he said.

In a world where inequality also fuels instability and disasters accentuate the exposure of the weakest and most vulnerable in our societies, the Secretary-General sees prevention of conflict and disasters triggered by man-made and natural hazards as an urgent priority.

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