William C. 'Bill' Burke has served as director of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency since 2003, coordinating incident response while building terrorism preparedness alongside Illinois Homeland Security and the state's Terrorism Task Force. Prior to that, Burke served as a regional administrator for the U.S. General Services Administration and Inspector General of the Illinois Department of Military Affairs. An Army veteran of the Vietnam War, Burke received the Bronze Star and Army Commendation Medal. Read the full interview.
Damage to a building’s fire and life safety systems can occur during an earthquake, making it difficult for people to evacuate the facility and impeding the work of first responders. Researchers from Worcester Polytechnic Instituteconducted a series of tests on a building that simulated post-quake fires. They assessed how the damage affected the passive and active fire protection systems to contain fire and smoke.
After a series of storms battered the state, Maryland convened a task to examine lessons learned and offer recommendations for improving the resilience of the state’s power grid. The group’s final report offers 11 recommendations, ranging from policy improvements to disaster drills.