Emergency Management Missing from the Pandemic?


  • Attila J. Hertelendy, PhD
  • William L. Waugh, Jr., PhD




COVID-19, pandemic, emergency management


The change in presidential administrations in the United States promises new approaches to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. The first year of the pandemic response in the United States has been characterized by a lack of national leadership. Moreover, the message from the White House Coronavirus Task Force has been muddled at best. There have been great inconsistencies in how the States have chosen to address spreading infections and increased stress on individual Americans who are trying to protect themselves and their families. The same pattern can be found with the distribution of vaccines and management of vaccinations. Politics has often conflicted with public health concerns. The States have been left to provide personal protective equipment (PPE) to medical personnel and first responders and to formulate their own guidance for protective measures.

Author Biographies

Attila J. Hertelendy, PhD

Special Issue Guest Editor; Assistant Professor, College of Business, Florida International University, Miami, Florida; Adjunct Professor, Emergency and Disaster Management Program, Georgetown University, Washington, DC; Associate Director of Research, Disaster Medicine Fellowship, Department of Emergency Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts

William L. Waugh, Jr., PhD

Editor-in-Chief; Professor Emeritus, Department of Public Management & Policy, Andrew Young School of Policy Studies Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia


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How to Cite

Hertelendy, PhD, A. J., and W. L. Waugh, Jr., PhD. “Emergency Management Missing from the Pandemic?”. Journal of Emergency Management, vol. 18, no. 7, July 2020, pp. 149-50, doi:10.5055/jem.0526.