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Wildfire Season Off to an Early Start: How You Can Be Better Prepared


Wildfire Season Off to an Early Start: How You Can Be Better Prepared By Kellie Hale April showers, bring May flowers is the usual saying. However, now it seems that April fires will bring an early start to wildfire season. During the week of April 19, Washington has seen a reported 91 wildfires total. Again, that was all in one week. If we are already having wildfires in spring, then what does that mean for summer? What can we expect? “This year is already heating up,” said Commissioner of Public Lands, Hilary Franz in a Facebook post back in [...]

Wildfire Season Off to an Early Start: How You Can Be Better Prepared2021-05-26T18:28:22+00:00

Diversity: The Invisible Side


By Kellie Hale I don’t believe the term “diversity” should be viewed as a buzzword or fad. It is an important word that should continue to be a part of a person’s lexicon. For me, there is not a day that goes by where I don’t learn something new when it comes to diversity. Recently, I learned the term “invisible diversity” from one of my Advisory Board members, Michele Turner. In talking with Michele, she mentioned how invisible diversity is an integral part of emergency management and everyday life. That diversity is not only what a person sees on the [...]

Diversity: The Invisible Side2021-04-29T21:47:13+00:00

Women in Emergency Management: Continuing to Break Barriers


By Kellie Hale First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt Courtesy of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library archives. Did you know that First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt is considered the initial supporter of women in the field of emergency management? Mrs. Roosevelt encouraged her husband to appoint Florence Kerr as project lead to research and implement ways on how women can utilize their skills during World War II. The two women helped establish the development of the Office of Civil Defense (OCD). The purpose of the OCD was to bring communities across the United States health programs and medical care [...]

Women in Emergency Management: Continuing to Break Barriers2021-05-04T23:06:11+00:00

Resiliency and Climate Change: Both Go Hand-In-Hand


By Kellie Hale The world is continuing to see an increase in high temperatures, seasonal weather is shifting, with an increasing impact on weather events (e.g., snowstorms, floods, hurricanes, tornados, drought, etc.). The longer we put aside our need for climate change adaptation, the more difficult and expensive it will be in combating this major issue. What are adaptations? They refer to adjustments within our ecological, social, or economic systems impacted by climate change. These systems processes, practices, and structures will continue to see a growth in damages associated with climate change. On January 27, 2021, President Joe Biden took [...]

Resiliency and Climate Change: Both Go Hand-In-Hand2021-04-07T22:31:02+00:00
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