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2011 FEMA Individual and Community Preparedness Awards

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced the 2011 FEMA Individual and Community Preparedness Awards. According to FEMA, “They recognize the innovative practices and achievements of organizations and individuals that work to make our communities safer, stronger, and better prepared to manage any emergency situation”. (

Is there a Disconnect Between Professional and Citizen Views of Terrorism?

Do average Americans and disaster management professionals differ in their views about the threats facing the country and from where the threats might come? Is there agreement among emergency management professionals on how the public views the government’s ability to deal with national disasters (

National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

The month of October marks the eighth annual National Cyber Security Awareness Month sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security in cooperation with the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC). For further information, please see the the Homeland Security webpage at

Fields of Emergency Management and Homeland Security Booming

In an article published on September 30, 2011 in the Gazette.Net, titled Emergency management and security are booming fields in Maryland, nationally, online staff writer Kevin James Shay points to the current growth and future prospects in the fields of emergency management and homeland security. Please see the article at:

An update: A decade after 9/11, are we better prepared for a major emergency?

As I shared in a recent post, Capella University partnered with several leading public service organizations on a major survey research project. Our partners included the International Association of Emergency Managers, the American Public Health Association, the American Society for Public Administration, the Comprehensive Emergency Management Research Foundation and the FBI National Academy Associates.

A decade after 9/11, are we better prepared for a major emergency?

In recognition of the 10th anniversary of 9/11, Capella has co-sponsored a major survey research project of first responders, emergency managers, public health officials and others on the front lines of emergency preparedness and response to ask the basic question: How prepared are we for another major terrorist attack or national disaster?

The Attacks in Norway

We join the Norwegian people in mourning the death of those lost in the recent terrorist attack. It is alleged that on July 22, 2011, 32-year-old, Anders Behring Breivik, a Norwegian citizen, bombed government buildings in Oslo, Norway, and was also responsible for the mass killing at a Labour Party youth camp (on the island […]

INFORMATION SHARING: State, Local and Tribal (SLT) Based Domestic Security

I was excited to learn that the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) in partnership with the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), is offering FREE training to state local and tribal (SLT) agencies to better participate in the Information Sharing Environment (ISE).

Capella University is very pleased to announce its partnership with Mission Critical TV

Mission Critical TV’s new one-hour format filmed in studio with host and Capella Faculty Chair, John J. Sullivan, PhD, will offer professional educational credits through Capella University. For further information please go to:

Capella University Faculty Member Co-Authors New Books

Dr. Henry Christen, a faculty member with the School of Public Service Leadership, has co-authored two books, one on responding to terrorism and another on the National Incident Management System It is our pleasure to announce that Dr. Christen has co-authored a new book that is a pragmatic guide for responding to terrorism incidents. “Homeland […]

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Dr. Steven Barthelmeus
Program Chair,
Public Safety – Criminal Justice/Forensics program, Capella University
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Dr. Shelly Gill
Adjunct Instructor, Capella University
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Dr. Joseph Pascarella
Core Faculty Member, Capella University
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Dr. Jeffrey Rush
Asst. Professor of Criminal Justice/Homeland Security, Dept. of Public Management and Criminal Justice, Austin Peay State University
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Dr. Michael Kemp
Chair, Emergency Management, Capella University
Melissa Beasley
Captain, Florence Alabama Police Department
Darryl Jones
Capella University Learner and Chief, Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire
Dr. Laura Pettler
Investigator for Prosecutorial District Twenty A of North Carolina
Mark Rubin
Capella University Learner
Mark S. Warnick
Capella University Learner, Retired Asst. Fire Chief


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