Michael Prasad is a Certified Emergency Manager® and a Senior Research Analyst for Barton Dunant Emergency Management Training and Consulting (www.bartondunant.com). He is also the executive director of the Center for Emergency Management Intelligence Research (www.cemir.org). He has held emergency management director level positions at the State of New Jersey and the American Red Cross. He researches and writes professionally on emergency management policies and procedures from a pracademic perspective and provides emergency management intelligence analysis for the National Security Policy and Analysis Organization at American Public University. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Ohio University and a Master of Arts degree in emergency and disaster management from American Public University. Views expressed do not necessarily represent the official position of any of these organizations.