NJCU Professional Security Studies Hosted FEMA Higher Ed Roundtable on March 28

April 6, 2023
FEMA Roundtable, March 28, 2023

JERSEY CITY, N.J. | New Jersey City University (NJCU) and its Professional Security Studies Department, in coordination with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), co-hosted the Region 2 Higher Education Roundtable addressing the Future of Emergency Management.

This important emergency management preparation event was hosted by NJCU on March 28 in the Gothic Lounge in Hepburn Hall.

The roundtable focused specifically on one FEMA’s three primary goals of its 2022–2026 FEMA Strategic Plan — Goal 3: Promote and Sustain a Ready FEMA and Prepared Nation. Panelists and speakers discussed the direction of emergency management, identifying measures that need to be taken, and opportunities to help prepare the next generation of emergency managers.

Dr. Marvin Walker speaking at the FEMA Roundtable
Dr. Marvin Walker speaking at the FEMA Roundtable.

Dr. Marvin Walker, Acting Dean of the College of Professional Studies, was among the speakers representing NJCU.

External presenters included the St. John’s Emergency Management/Homeland Security Lab, FEMA Recovery Division and local offices of emergency management, and leaders from Microsoft Disaster Response and Twinstate Technologies.

Michael Krantz, Ph.D., CPP, a Professor in NJCU’s National and Civil Security department, and the co-chair of the Department of Professional Security Studies, said: “More than ever, contemporary national and civil security challenges require agencies, the community, and academia to work together to both understand and support each other as we face ever-expanding challenges. The relationships built via the FEMA roundtables allow for the connecting of practitioner needs with academic research and preparation for the field. It is about people with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and education who are committed to serve. We are most thankful for FEMA’s willingness to work with academia and their commitment to excellence.”

The 2022–2026 FEMA Strategic Plan sets out three ambitious goals to address the increasing array and complexity of disasters. In addition to promoting and sustaining a ready FEMA and prepared nation, the other goals of FEMA’s current strategic plan include instilling equity as a foundation of emergency management and leading the whole community in climate resilience. Through a series of thematic roundtable discussions, FEMA aims to promote a dialogue to engage partners in achieving the Agency's objectives, thus engaging with federal agencies, local offices of emergency management, subject matter experts, private sector representatives, and institutions of higher education to discuss the future of emergency management.

About NJCU:
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Ira Thor
, Senior Director of University Communications and Media Relations | ithor@njcu.edu | 201-200-3301