CALL FOR PAPERS - Climate Change and Sustainability  in Emergency Management


  The Journal of Emergency Management (JEM) Editorial Review Board invites the submission of original research, papers, and case studies supporting a special issue titled: Emergency Management, Climate Change and Sustainability – Integrating New Research to Mitigate Disasters and Protect the Planet.

     The special issue will focus on the intersection of Emergency Management and Climate Change as well as the trend toward integrating new, leading edge, sustainability research and practice into pre-disaster planning and mitigation and post-disaster reconstruction.

     The special issue will be led by guest editor, Professor Attila J. Hertelendy, PhD, MHA, MS, who has extensive experience as an emergency management and disaster medicine practitioner and an academic researcher with the Global Consortium on Climate and Health Education, Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health. Dr. Hertelendy is joined by current Editor-in-Chief, Dr. William L. Waugh, Jr., who will team up with a special group of peer reviewers focused on reviewing research and content as quickly as possible to disseminate real time information to the field. We will have a series of guest editors who will share their thoughts on the changing role of emergency managers.


     We present this call for papers with a statement. Climate change is real and ongoing. This special issue will not debate the cause of climate change. The focus is on the future integration of emergency management and sustainability research to manage the effects of climate change through risk mitigation and loss prevention at the emergency management level.

     This special issue will present the latest research and practice as emergency managers integrate with sustainability committees across the globe to mitigate the trend towards rising frequency and intensity of major weather events across the US and the world. This special issue will be a must-read for those in emergency management, government, sustainability, and public health professions.  The goal is to create a reference work that can be utilized by those in the field including actionable research, case studies, and practical applications. This special issue will be available as a print issue and a “living issue” will be updated continuously online as new manuscripts are received. All manuscripts will be processed through the standard JEM double-blinded peer-review process.

Journal of Emergency Management invites academics and professionals in private and public organizations to submit papers for this special issue and suggests the following partial list of topics for submission:

■ Exploring the Intersection of Climate Change, Emergency Management, and Public Health
■ Legislative and Public Policy Changes to Improve Pre- and Post-Disaster Sustainability and Resilience
■ Emergency Managers and Their Integration with Community Sustainability Committees
■ Cost Effective Mitigation Techniques that Enhance Local Community Sustainability and Resilience
■ Educating Politicians on the Importance of Integrating Sustainability into Pre-Disaster Mitigation Efforts
■ Integrating Established and New Practices to Mitigate Disaster Losses in At-Risk Populations and Underserved Communities
■ Improving Resilience Utilizing State-of-the-Art Sustainability Practices at the Local, State, and Federal Level
■ Health Resiliency and Climate Change Policy
■ Public Private Partnerships in Climate Change and Health Education
■ Catastrophic Planning and Response through the Sustainabilty and Resilience Lens

Review Process: We will conduct a quick initial review of submissions to assure a fit with the type of articles published in this special issue. A full double-blinded peer-review will follow.  If you want to be considered for the pool of reviewers for this special issue, please send an email of interest and your CV or short resume to  

Manuscript Submission and Information: Author information and manuscript submission are available on the Journal of Emergency Management Manuscript Submissions page located here:

Deadlines: Manuscript submissions will be accepted ongoing through February 29, 2024, and will be placed in the special issue of JEM.

Article Types: We will review articles across the spectrum including original papers, research, best practices, creative solutions, brief communications, short reviews of existing programs, as well as creative solutions. Additional documented modalities for managing the topics above will be reviewed with the goal of sharing useful cutting edge tools to improve and/or address emergency management and sustainability research to manage the effects of climate change through risk mitigation and loss prevention.

Article Length: Our traditional article length limit is 3,500-5,000 words. We will address length limitations on a per-article basis.

Additional Media Formats: We will accept non-paper-based submissions (video, PowerPoint, etc) as long as they include the standard JEM abstract format, all citation details, and all rights are cleared and assignable. Please contact our office for more details.

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