Advanced technology has changed many facets of our everyday lives. From smart technology to a network of devices such as Internet of Things, we use it in more ways than we often assume. In fact, 65% of American adults use social media in some form, which is almost 10x the volume previously reported in 2005. We are quickly adopting new tools that can greatly affect our community, but how does this abundance of technology influence emergency management?
Emergency management leverages advances in technology that positively impact response and recovery efforts, improve warning systems and mitigate damage caused by unexpected crisis. In this video, explore how cutting-edge tools and ideas are positively impacting the emergency management industry; find out how professionals are creating resources for understanding complexities and developing advanced solutions for our communities. Also, learn how an Emergency Management MPA Specialization degree can provide the skills and knowledge needed to implement new technologies, promote safer communities, and establish new emergency systems for the public.
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SPEAKER: Weather, flood and fire forecasts are familiar examples of how technology helps emergency personnel prepare for and respond to natural disasters. These professionals have a responsibility to stay current with the latest technology trends, which can help them plan for and respond to emergencies efficiently and effectively. According to the Science for Disaster Reduction Group, this is especially true since larger scale disasters can often create unusual or unique conditions that require innovative solutions. For example, the CDC uses continuous data collection and analysis to create predictive models during the COVID-19 pandemic. The models show how the virus is likely to spread and its effects on individual communities. With predictive models customized to their location, local officials and healthcare professionals can better prepare for the pandemic's developments and manage its effects. Social media is another example of how technology factors into emergencies. People often post photos or videos on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, or other social platforms during an emergency. When social media users see firsthand the devastation of natural disasters or the latest developments in unsafe situations, they are more likely to take these situations seriously.
Social media platforms also organize information via hashtags, which provide an instantaneous live source of information for officials and emergency personnel. Across the nation, police departments and fire departments are training their employees with the latest virtual reality consoles. Each simulated scenario is customizable and can change based on how the user handles it. Thanks to today's advanced graphics, the training environment feels as authentic as actual responses in the field. Gain the skills to implement exciting new emergency systems technologies by pursuing an MPA degree with emergency management specialization. Anna Maria's flexible online MPA program also offers specializations in criminal justice, Homeland Security and fire and emergency services. Or you can customize your program to your own unique goals and interests through the general track.