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Family Preparedness for Natural Disasters

With only about three months remaining in 2017, this year has proven to be a costly one in terms of natural disasters. So far this year, a total of 85 federal disaster declarations have been issued, dealing with everything from winter storms and flooding to hurricanes and wildfires. The unprecedented scale of these disasters has impacted many in our university community. In a matter of just two weeks, the country was hit by two major hurricanes, resulting in the evacuation of six million people in Texas and another 5.6 million in Florida (where I reside in Tampa). Both Harvey and Irma made landfall as Category 4 storms. And in the west, there are no less than 120 wildfires that have destroyed countless acres of forest and thousands of homes.

In a perfect world, everyone would be prepared anytime disaster strikes, but the reality is few disasters allow time for people to gather even the most basic necessities, thus making early planning a necessity. Whether it is wildfires in the west, tornadoes and flooding in the Midwest or hurricanes in the south and east coast, we all face the ever-present threat of disaster. Preparedness begins at home with our families, assuring they have the necessities needed for survival during long-term emergencies. While preparing my own family and home for the arrival of Irma, I spent the day sending out a series of tweets to help other members of our university community prepare their own families for disaster.

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Reflections on the Total Eclipse

For millions of Americans, Monday, August 21, 2017, presented a rare opportunity to see a spectacular total eclipse of the sun. The swath of totality made a diagonal path across the country, from Oregon to South Carolina. People within its bicoastal path saw one of nature’s most fascinating spectacles.

Many members of the APUS Space Studies department (faculty and students alike) traveled about the country to view and photograph the eclipse. I experienced 1:42 of totality in Helen, Georgia. It is hard to believe how much can happen in that short period of time.

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The Charlottesville Imperative

Like most Americans, I was both saddened and disturbed by the recent tragedy in Charlottesville. While these events left me feeling aghast and somewhat speechless, I nonetheless felt compelled to write in solidarity with college, university presidents and leaders nationwide, and especially with President Teresa Sullivan and our nearby neighbors at the University of Virginia and greater Charlottesville. The violence and atrocities, including the death of an innocent bystander, are reprehensible. There is no place for hatred and violence of any kind on our campuses or in our communities and, in fact, these actions are contrary to the core values we value and uphold as both educators and as citizens.

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American Military University Sponsors, Provides Expert Counterterrorism Instruction for Ravens Challenge 2017 ASEAN

American Military University participated as a strategic partner and sponsor of Ravens Challenge 2017 ASEAN in Bangkok and Hau Hin, Thailand, July 10 – 21. Ravens Challenge hosted a dynamic, multinational Counter-Improvised Explosive Device (C-IED) event with realistic Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) training and complete testing for local, regional, and national agencies. Participants joined from the United States, United Kingdom, Thailand, Japan, Malaysia, and Cambodia.

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A Veteran and First-Responder’s Perspective on Independence Day

We will soon celebrate our nation’s 241st birthday. On July 4, 1776, 13 former British colonies adopted the Declaration of Independence at the Pennsylvania State House in Philadelphia, signaling the birth of a new nation determined to be self-governing and free of influence from King George. Bear in mind, the colonies were in disarray— some wanted independence, while others were content to remain under British rule. Colonial representatives could rarely agree on anything except for the strong desire to be a free and independent nation.

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Celebrating National Public Health Week 2017

American Public University System is proud to be a 2017 National Partner with the American Public Health Association (APHA) to celebrate National Public Health Week (NPHW), April 3-9, 2017. The event will bring together communities across the country to recognize public health contributions and highlight issues critical to improving our nation’s health. This year’s theme, “Healthiest Nation 2030,” defines one central challenge for Americans: to make the U.S. the “healthiest nation in one generation.”

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