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Experts from a number of areas are meeting today and tomorrow at the Albany Capital Center to consider how to make schools safe places to learn and how to prevent another Columbine, Parkland or Sandy Hook. The workshop is being held by the university at Albany’s School of Education and College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity of which Robert Griffin is dean. 

National Health Security Preparedness Index

A newly released study ranks New York above the national average in health emergency preparedness. The study tracked response readiness for tornadoes to terrorism to tuberculosis.

Hurricane Maria made landfall on Puerto Rico on September 20, 2017, as a high-end Category 4 hurricane with winds of 155 mph. According to the National Center for Atmospheric Research, the hurricane hit the island with the destructive force of a "50- to 60-mile-wide tornado.” Destroying the island’s power grid, and decimating the territory’s agricultural industries, the storm left a shattered infrastructure, a crippled economy, and numerous public health emergencies.

Tonight, a distinguished panel from diverse fields will address questions regarding the ongoing humanitarian crisis and its lessons for the future in an event presented by The New York State Writers Institute and cosponsored by the Journalism Program of the University at Albany Department of Communication. The event, entitled "The Lessons of Hurricane Maria: Puerto Rico: The Hurricane, the Response, Preparing for Future Disasters," is free and open to the public and will take place at Page Hall on UAlbany’s Downtown Campus at 7:30 p.m.

One of the panelists is Robert Griffin - founding dean of the College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity at the University at Albany, the first college of its kind in the nation.

Dean Griffin has a long career in homeland security at the Federal and local levels of government. He served as the acting undersecretary for Science and Technology at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the deputy undersecretary for Science and Technology, and director of the Science and Technology Directorate’s First Responders Group.

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Public Service Professor at the College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security & Cybersecurity and Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy University at Albany  SUNY, Rick Mathews joins us to discuss last night's mass shooting in Las Vegas.

Connecticut's state flag

Connecticut public health and law enforcement departments this week are testing how the state responds to situations such as an infectious disease outbreak that require extensive coordination between local, state and federal agencies. Run by the Connecticut Department of Public Health, the exercise includes the Centers for Disease Control, hospitals and volunteers.

Sheri Fink, award winning journalist and nonfiction author, is the keynote speaker for the Disasters, Ethics and Social Justice Conference taking place at the University at Albany on Friday, April 15. She will be speaking and giving the keynote address.

Sheri is a New York Times correspondent and author of bestselling book Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital, about choices made in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The book won the National Book Critic Circle Award and Los Angeles Times Book Prize.

Massachusetts Emergency Preparedness Bureau

Massachusetts is taking steps to make sure its citizens are prepared for emergency situations.