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Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness Blog

A group of counterterrorism officials reviews information on a computer monitor.
October 5, 2022
What is counterterrorism? Explore different careers in counterterrorism and what the Department of Homeland Security does to counter terrorist efforts.
A pair of intelligence officers stand in front of a digital map of the world in a system control room.
October 4, 2022
Exploring how to become an intelligence officer? Discover the education and experience required for this impactful career path and their role in national security.
A security specialist at an airport communicates with colleagues via an earpiece.
October 3, 2022
What is a homeland security degree? Explore how it can equip you to help safeguard the nation and qualify for careers in the field of homeland security.
A hurricane evacuation route sign.
October 1, 2022
What is emergency preparedness? Learn what emergency preparedness entails, why it’s important and the key steps for creating an emergency preparedness plan.
People with serious expressions and holding pens and papers share information.
June 14, 2021
Explore the crisis communication techniques emergency and crisis management officials use to save lives and mitigate negative impacts during crises.
A person in uniform looks at a raging wildfire.
May 12, 2021
What’s the role of the National Guard in disaster response? Explore how the National Guard prepares for and responds to natural and human-made disasters.
Dean Dr. Susan Gooden stands inside a university building.
August 27, 2020
I'm excited to now be Dean of the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs; I had an opportunity to serve as interim dean for the past two years and I've been a member of the faculty since 2004. So I feel like I have a good sense of the school. We have a tremendous group of colleagues; students love our location in Richmond.
Dean Dr. Susan Gooden stands inside a university building.
August 26, 2020
Transitioning into her new role as Dean of VCU’s L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs, Dr. Susan Gooden brings with her decades of experience. Dr. Gooden’s hands-on approach to teaching combined with her determination, optimism and social literacy makes her the ideal leader to elevate the institution and its nation-leading programs. Be it the pandemic or the recent focus on social and racial equity across the nation, Dr. Gooden’s knowledge and professional background affords her insight into the most important issues facing our nation today, an insight that Dr. Gooden is eager to share with the VCU community.
Two cyber security experts analyze a threat using sets of computers and screens.
March 23, 2020
Cyber security threats have increased dramatically in recent years. Explore the types of cyber threats and learn how to mitigate the impact of cyber attacks.
Homeland security officer walking through a hall toward a security checkpoint.
December 8, 2019
What is homeland security? Discover how Virginia Commonwealth University’s Online M.A. in Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness empowers graduates to protect the nation.