Glenn Cannon, Assistant Administrator for Disaster Operations, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Domestic Preparedness met with Glenn Cannon, Assistant Administrator for Disaster Operations, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). FEMA’s assistant administrator for disaster operations discusses the “New” FEMA, reorganized in accordance with the 2006 Post-Katrina Emergency Management Reform Act, and the reconfigured agency’s operational, pro-active, and situationally-aware orientation.

Friends and Neighbors, Duties and Responsibilities

A timely first-person report from Susquehanna County (Pa.) on the unforeseen (and to some extent unforeseeable) difficulties in coping, personally as well as professionally, with torrential rain, widespread floods, and other disasters.

The Sorting - Life-or-Death Decisions on the Scene

When requests for aid overwhelm the resources available, whether the medical situation occurs in a small town or a big city, life-or-death decisions must be made – immediately, in many cases – about which patient receives immediate help and who waits. During day-to-day operations triage is largely a function assigned to the 9-1-1 call center. The alternative to prioritization is to answer calls sequentially.
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