10 Best Publications for Emergency Management Professionals

Whether you’re studying to work in emergency management or you already do, reading industry publications is a great way to keep up with your field.These top 10 publications will help you get ahead in your studies and keep you up-to-date in your professional life.

    • Emergency Management.This is an award-winning, all-hazards publication for emergency management, public safety and security professionals, who can subscribe to the print magazine for a cost or download past editions as PDFs for free. The Emergency Management website also offers additional content, including blogs, jobs, events, webinars and papers. If you’re working to get your emergency management masters, you definitely want to read this one.

    • Disaster Recovery Journal. This journal has been around since 1987 and offers reliable information on disasters, services, trends, products and more. With how-to and in-depth knowledge about business continuity planning, it’s the No. 1 read journal for people in the emergency management field. You can subscribeto Disaster Recovery Journal for free on the website. This publication also offers events and webinars, which might be useful to emergency management professionals.


  • Disaster Resource Guide. This publication is about helping communities, institutions and families protect their most important things. The guide offers information on topics such as planning and management, human concerns, information availability and security, facility issues and crisis communications. You can subscribe for free if you wish.



  • Disasters. This is a major, peer-reviewed quarterly journal that reports on all aspects of disaster studies, policy and management. It is the leading journal in the field of complex emergencies and natural disasters, and subscriptions are available on its website for a cost.



  • Homeland Security Today. This is the leading source for independent news and analysis on homeland security affairs. Homeland Security Today offers a monthly print publication (which can be read online), a website with original content, e-newsletters and webinars to keep readers informed about breaking news and long-term trends. The website breaks news item into channels and topics, such as cybersecurity and public health.



  • Natural Hazards Observer. This publication covers natural disaster issues, including recent disaster management and education programs, hazards research, political and policy developments, resources and websites, upcoming conferences and recent publications.



  • Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. This is one of the most established titles in homeland security. It publishes content related to emergency management, engineering, political science, public policy, decision science and health and medicine. It publishes peer-reviewed articles as well as articles by researchers and practitioners and book and media reviews. Two issues per year are available at a cost, and you can sign up for free article alerts by subject.



  • International Journal of Emergency Management. Established in 2001, this publication addresses contingencies and emergencies, as well as crisis and disaster management. Issues covered include storms and flooding, nuclear power accidents, ferry, air and rail accidents, computer viruses, earthquakes and more. This journal is designed for researchers, planners, managers, response personnel and other interested individuals. Visit the website to sign up for paid print and online subscriptions.



  • Public Administration Review. This bi-monthly scholarly journal has been the premier journal in the field of public administration research, theory and practice for more than 70 years. You’ll need a paid subscription to access content. If you’re working to get your master of public administration, this is an excellent publication for you.



  • Right-to-Know Planning Guide. This report provides timely coverage of the latest news affecting emergency planning, community right-to-know and the use and safety of a wide range of chemicals. It also helps managers stay in touch with important developments. If you’re interested, the print and the online guides are available at cost.


Of course, it’s also a good idea to ask your fellow students and colleagues if they know of any great publications worth reading. And if not, you can share these with them.

About the Author: Carla Bowman is an emergency management director. She has 10 years of experience in the emergency management field and enjoys working with people and helping others.

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