All posts by Kelly McKinney

Kelly R McKinney is the former Deputy Commissioner at the New York City Office of Emergency Management and Chief Disaster Officer at the American Red Cross in Greater New York. He led a New York City management team to California to assist California Office of Emergency Services during the “Fall 2007 California Firestorm”, which burned nearly a million acres of land from Santa Barbara County to the U.S.–Mexico border. He is the author of Moment of Truth that was released in July by Post Hill Press.

What will we be saying after the next really big one?

Why are we surprised, caught off guard, when the realities that crisis inevitably brings don’t fit our processes or expectations?

A piece of vulcanised rubber may not stop an active shooter, but that doesn’t mean it’s a bad idea!

This is a response to "What the puck? Can a piece of vulcanised rubber stop an active shooter?" published by Phil Gurski on The Resilience Post on 06 December 2018.

The best kept secret in the disaster business

Believe it or not, I’m now going to draw a comparison between a wedding and a disaster (because, after all, some disasters are just big fat Greek weddings on steroids).

It’s time to fix our broken public warning system

"We have to build an emergency management system that is ready to handle the new situation we are dealing with." Rob Lewin, Director, Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management