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Find your Best Practices through Conferences

By Dr. Randall Cuthbert
Associate Professor, Emergency & Disaster Management at American Public University

Greetings from beautiful Las Vegas, where I am attending the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) annual conference. The admitted weakness of online learning is the lack of ability to network in person with fellow students, faculty, and industry professionals, so attendance at conferences such as this one is highly recommended as part of your education.

Where Did You Learn THAT?

Dr. Randall Cuthbert
Associate Professor of Emergency & Disaster Management at American Public University

I love a great story, so I give my students plenty of opportunity to tell them. There is method to this madness, as storytelling is one of the oldest known educational pedagogies, predating writing by countless generations. It’s a great technique for learning important skills in any setting, including the workplace.

Our minds are programmed to remember and draw lessons from stories that we can’t retain from just listening to a lecture, watching a video, etc. Stories access entirely different regions of the brain, with really profound results.

Standing Amidst the Fires of Hell

Dr. Randall Cuthbert
Associate Professor of Emergency & Disaster Management at American Public University

The month was April 1991. My team of Air Force engineers had deployed to Desert Shield some months earlier. Once Kuwait was recaptured, a small group of us—me, as a captain, leading the group--went to Kuwait City to set up ‘civilization’ for those that were on the front line making the mission happen.

We established water, showers, air conditioning, and functional latrines and then went on our way. It was something that none of us probably ever forgot. Just how life changing that assignment was would not become apparent until much later.

From Being a Simple Fisherman

Dr. Randall Cuthbert
Associate Professor of Emergency & Disaster Management at American Public University

Throughout my career, I would tell anyone who asked that the great opportunities in life began when I graduated with my bachelor’s degree, and I’ve never wavered from that assessment. Similarly, I attained my master’s degree to achieve advancement within the profession, but during that process, something unexpected happened; I began to see my participation in our society as something more than my own economic interests. I began to understand that I was making a contribution to our society as a whole and had some responsibility for making sure that happened.

Crisis Can Happen Anywhere: Prepare to Work with the Media

By Anthony S. Mangeri, MPA, CEM, EMT
Faculty Member,
Emergency and Disaster Management Program at American Military University

Any organization can find itself in a crisis that gains public and media attention. The ability of the organization to communicate strategies and inform the public through the media is essential. Equally important is the value engaging the media as a partner to provide accurate information before and after a crisis.