Greetings everyone! Let me start this first blog post on by welcoming you to Emergency Management Blog. This is a new blog and I’m starting to work on it and get content submitted on it. I do hope you save this blog for further reading in the future. Now let’s dive into some questions and answers concerning what Emergency Management Blog is even about…

What is Emergency Management Blog?

First of all, most of us should know what a blog is but just in case you don’t – to simplify things, a blog is simply a website where articles are posted and folks can comment and share the articles. Now on to the topic ‘Emergency Management’! Since a blog is an article website, then you understand that articles will be focused on Emergency Management. For those outside of the realm of emergency management – the meaning of ‘Emergency Management’ is a coordinated system of mitigating, preparing for, responding to and recovering from major emergencies such as natural disasters, pandemics, terrorism, hazardous material incidents and related. Emergency management includes public health and organizational/business continuity. So these topics will be the focus of articles and content posted on this website. The articles will be available to anyone online who wishes to read them, for free without a requirement to sign up to read them. Membership may be required in order to access some resources and to socially interact on this website.

What audience is Emergency Management Blog aimed at?

This blog may be used by anyone interested – free of charge. However, the blog itself and its content is mainly being aimed at professionals, academics, volunteers, businesses/organizations, communities, government and critical entities related to emergency management, public health and continuity of operations for disaster, terrorism and major incidents on a global scale.

Is Emergency Management Blog a collaborative effort?

The goal of this blog is to enable a collaborative effort among professionals, academics, volunteers and entities in the public and private sectors to be able to author content. If someone of these natures wishes to submit an article here under their name or organization, they may do so if such article abides by the terms. The terms are that articles must relate to emergency management, public health or continuity without being commercial in nature. The content on this blog isn’t meant to sell products, it is meant to give resources to those who need it the most to effectively manage emergencies. Please use the contact page to submit requests to become a guest contributor on this blog. Those who would like to return may have accounts created for them and be a part of a posting schedule. All contributions are volunteer-only. Writing for this blog is not a paid opportunity.

Who created Emergency Management Blog and why?

Emergency Management Blog was created by Shawn Gossman. Shawn Gossman holds a Master of Science in Homeland Security concentrating on Emergency Management and Public Health and a Master of Business Administration concentrating on Supply Chain and Logistics for critical activities during disasters. Shawn has over 50 (annually updated) certifications provided by the Independent Study Program of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Shawn has experience in fire department administrative, emergency management and public health operations during COVID-19 for the private sector. Shawn created this blog to provide additional resources to emergency management, public health and continuity professionals and entities and a chance for academics to improve their education and knowledge.

What’s in store for the future of Emergency Management Blog?

Since Emergency Management Blog is newly created as of April 2020, there aren’t a lot of articles, content and resources present. The goal is to get at least one article a week and eventually multiple articles and resources submitted each day. The more people and entities that become interested in contributing to this collaborative project, the more content we can have on the website. Aside from articles, you can expect pages to be created as well as extensive lists of internal and external resources and links as well as PDFs, eBooks, videos, photos, podcasts and newsletters. It is hoped that this website will become a resource hub for those who depend on this type of content the most.

Thank you for taking the time to read this introductory post and I hope you decide to visit again in the future.