|Emergency management text to be posted online
A&M Hazard Reductioin and Recovery Center developing
e-book for emergency specialists
Scientists at Texas A&M’s Hazard Reduction
and Recovery Center are developing an electronic emergency management
textbook for the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The book,
to be posted on the FEMA Web site, will offer emergency specialists
and academics around the world a comprehensive and up-to-date
“Posting the book online is the best way to get the knowledge
out there,” said Prater, an HRRC research scientist who
is working on the electronic-book project. “Readers will
be able to download chapters as they need them, we can update
the book easily, add and revise chapters, and include links to
other related material on the Web.”
FEMA is funding the “e-book” project with a $98,537
grant to the HRRC.
Prater will be working with Michael Lindell, HRRC director, and
Professor Ron Perry, a long-time colleague at Arizona State University.
FEMA expects that the book will be adopted by undergraduate programs
in emergency management throughout the U.S. and abroad, and as
a result, Lindell said, it will probably attract a lot of attention
to Texas A&M.
“We expect that the resulting exposure will increase the
number of student applications to the Environmental Hazard Management
program, and, of course, to the collaborating graduate programs
throughout the college,” he said.