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52 Weeks, 52 Books – Book 14

We have just passed the ninth anniversary of the world's worst peacetime oil spill and the effects are still being felt. When the Deepwater Horizon drilling unit suffered a catastrophic blowout and explosion in April of 2010, it devastated an area that was still recovering from the effects of Hurricane Katrina two years before. Peter … Continue reading 52 Weeks, 52 Books – Book 14

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Data, Intelligence, and Truth

In an age when the sum of the world's knowledge is at our fingertips (literally), and everybody with a keyboard is capable of adding to that knowledge - for better or worse - one of the biggest challenges Emergency Managers have is in figuring out how to handle the sheer amount of information that flows … Continue reading Data, Intelligence, and Truth

Consistency is Key

Photo by Jorge Zapata on Pexels.com No, not that kind. Well...yes, consistency is incredibly important for pasta, and baking in general, but that's not the consistency I'm talking about. The consistency I'm talking about is the discipline to do the important things day after day, no matter how mundane and repetitive they feel. More importantly … Continue reading Consistency is Key

52 Weeks, 52 Books – Book 13

This was a chance to indulge my inner Broadway and general music geekiness. As someone who spent a number of years in music lessons as well as having a heavy rotation of music courses through High School, I've been a fan of good music (at least in my opinion) since a young age. I try … Continue reading 52 Weeks, 52 Books – Book 13

3 Emergency Management Awareness Points during Monumental Fires

Photo by the Associated Press The world watched in sorrow as the historic and beautiful Notre Dame-de-Paris cathedral went up in flames on Monday. I had the opportunity to visit 20 years ago while on an exchange with a number of high school classmates. A highlight of that trip will always be my classmates singing … Continue reading 3 Emergency Management Awareness Points during Monumental Fires

52 Weeks, 52 Books – Book 12

I'll be honest, I had some high hopes for this series as the premise certainly seemed unique and creative. I should have known not to get my hopes up. The Colony Mars trilogy (which has now been joined by a fourth book) revolves around Dr. Jann Malbec, a reluctant astronaut who is sent to Mars … Continue reading 52 Weeks, 52 Books – Book 12

Bomb Cyclone – Round 2

The areas of the US that were amongst the hardest hit in the "Bomb Cyclone" a few weeks ago are now in the line of fire for another major storm that is expected to set records for both snowfall and barometric pressure. This area of the world has already experienced major flooding from the weather … Continue reading Bomb Cyclone – Round 2