EMScholar is written by me, Johanna Hanson (nee Nielsen), a master’s student in Emergency Management. I started this blog because I found that my friends and family didn’t really understand what I was doing AND had no frame of reference for what Emergency Management was in general.
“So what are you studying?”
“Emergency Management”
“Oh, like… Emergency room?”
“No, it’s like what FEMA does.”
“Oh…” *awkward silence*

It’s a very new field–only around since about the 1950s–but it’s a very important field because it has a lot to say about economy, ecology, sociolgy, and psychology. My work ranges from shelter management to chronic 3rd world infrastructure problems to PR and disaster education. On the blog, I will be talking about current events, research, personal opinions, disaster preparedness, and tons of other stuff.

Here’s a few topics to get you started.


Please also find me on Twitter @EMscholar and on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/emscholar


7 thoughts on “About

  1. recoverydiva May 18, 2015 / 3:15 am

    I like your blog. I have one too, recoverydiva.com, and I try to write about NZ from time to time.

    Claire B. Rubin


  2. emscholar May 18, 2015 / 9:54 am

    Thanks so much, Ms. Rubin. I know who you are, so this is exciting for me. 🙂 Thanks for reading.


  3. jjensen79 May 21, 2015 / 5:30 am

    If you would ever be interested in a face to face doctoral emergency management program, I would love to talk to you about what we are doing at NDSU’s Department of Emergency Management. We need minds like yours to work with us! You can reach me at 701-219-4293 or ja.jensen@ndsu.edu. Hope we get to chat sometime!


    • emscholar May 24, 2015 / 7:00 pm

      Thank you for your interest! We’ll chat off thread.


  4. recoverydiva May 27, 2015 / 3:50 am

    Major cities and many counties are required to do a hazard mitigation plan; someone will have done much of the research you describe in your current posting.
    Get in touch with your local office of EM if you want details of your threats and risks locally.


    • emscholar May 28, 2015 / 12:02 pm

      I’ve updated the post (Disaster Boot Camp: Find your hazard) to reflect your comment because you’re right, it’s best to get your information from the local authorities! However, I still think it’s valuable to look at maps and do a little analysis of how you fit in with your environment. I wanted people to practice common sense thinking. And also, I think the resources I posted are super cool, lol!


      • recoverydiva May 28, 2015 / 12:49 pm

        By all means encourage people to do that. I think that some of the older folks, less familiar with digital resources, might like to have some info already digested and ready.


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