2020 was a year unlike any other in U.S. history. The Future of Emergency Management After 2020: The New, Normal and Novel provocatively addresses the significant changes to the emergency management field. This title discusses the specific changes, commonalities, and future and persistent challenges for the next decade.
One paramount example that confronted emergency managers in 2020 was the triple calamity of a rapidly emerging deadly virus coupled with widespread economic devastation and the swirling firestorm of ambiguous and conflicting public health information. It reflects a scenario that we simply did not expect or properly prepare for and it made emergency response appear inadequate untimely and feeble at times.
We found ourselves in the throes of massive societal and economic upheaval where civil disorder was unleashed in the midst of popular protests about police misconduct and law enforcement equity. Fatalities and injuries stemming from the protests together with mounting viral infections created a witches brew of challenges for public safety and emergency management in the middle of 2020. It is a reality worth considering as it mirrors the kind of megadisaster that must be reckoned with and managed effectively. For emergency mangers in 2020, better strategies were needed to overcome major disruptive crises and disasters which triggered instability and upended normal life in cities and towns as we knew it.
The Future of Emergency Management After 2020: The New, Normal and Novel will draw attention to a variety of issues and challenges which will alter the scope, complexity and priorities of future emergency managers. This title will delineate the differences between emergency management and public safety. Additionally, it addresses international challenges that may arise.
Faculty, students, and practitioners of emergency management along with anyone with a general interest in emergency management will find this book extremely pertinent and valuable.
After serving the United States government at the State Department and other federal agencies over a 35 year career, Dr. McCreight retired in 2004 and served as a consultant for major homeland security and national defense contractors. His professional career includes work as an intelligence analyst. treaty negotiator, arms control delegate to the UN, counter-terrorism advisor, political-military affairs analyst and Deputy Director of Global Scientific Exchanges at State Department. During his service at State Department he was a senior Soviet military analyst with INR and specialized in the assessment of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons programs. Later in his professional career he performed assignments where he either managed or coordinated international post-disaster relief and humanitarian operations, developed peacekeeping policy, promoted global science and technology cooperation projects and helped design treaty verification systems. At the middle of his career he also participated in the design and coordination of White House nuclear readiness command crisis exercises during the Reagan administration. During his federal career he designed, developed and coordinated well over 26 cabinet level strategic nuclear preparedness exercises, worked on Presidential Protection and Survivability Programs and directed the operation of several dozen senior-level military exercises involving theoretical force-on-force scenarios between the United States and the Soviet Union. This followed several years of designing and evaluating unit combat exercises for the U.S. Army.McCreight spent 27 years of combined active and reserve military service concurrently with his civilian work in U.S. Army Special Operations and has devoted 15 years to teaching graduate school as an adjunct at Georgetown, George Mason, George Washington, and Virginia Tech Universities in subjects as diverse as disaster and emergency management, strategic intelligence, nonproliferation policy, homeland security policies, terrorism analysis, intelligence analysis, scientific issues and defense policy and assessing WMD threats. He completed his doctoral degree in Public Administration in 1989 and remains active in graduate education programs in emergency and crisis management as well as security studies and terrorism analysis. He has also written and published over 29 articles on chemical weapons use, disaster management, disaster recovery, post-strike attribution, biological weapons threats to homeland security, crisis management, WMD scenario development and collegiate educational strategies for developing future crisis managers for government service.
Dr. McCreight is also the author of An Introduction to Emergency Exercise Design and Evaluation, also published by Bernan Press.
Curry Mayer is currently the Director of Emergency Management for Seattle, Washington. She is an emergency management and homeland security expert with over 25 years of experience.