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    M.S. '12 and Ph.D. '15 - Experience in quick response fieldwork, teaching emergency management.
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    MPA '03 – An accomplished local government leader and appointed official.
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    M.S. '14 – On the front lines of marine disaster mitigation through effective policy planning in China.
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    MPA '13 - Assistantship and Legislative Fellows experiences enrich doctoral student's blossoming career
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    Ph.D. '00 - Ensuring programmatic and research opportunities for the promotion of children's health.
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    M.A. '15 – Fulbright scholar now in the Ph.D. program studying global health economics and urbanization.
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    Ph.D. '15 - Utilizing his knowledge of disaster science to educate students on fire and emergency management.
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    Ph.D. '14 - Serves in the U.S. Army improving health care facilities in the eastern United States.
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    MPA '86 – Newly elected Governor of the State of Delaware
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    MPA '07 - Advocates for enriched, hands-on learning experiences at higher education institutions.
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    B.A. '11 - Practicing leadership and collaboration in the financial services sector.
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    B.A. '15 - Coordinating electronic connections bewteen healthcare providers and resources.
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    B.A. and M.A. '13 - Advocating for alternative fuels and reducing America's dependence on oil.
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    B.S. '11 - Executing leadership skills in higher education.
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    MPA '04 - Developing strategies for education systems to improve student achievement.
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    M.A. '15 - Continuing her public policy education and assisting with research at the University of Delaware.
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    MPA '10 - Manages fiscal affairs and serves as a liaison for the Dept of Languages, Literatures and Cultures
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    MPA '07 - Successful nonprofit entrepreneur with experience in diplomacy and national politics.
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    B.A. '13 - Enabling federal transparency and accountability via open, accessible, and standardized budget data
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    MPA '98 - Various experiences in town management and community involvement.
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    Ph.D. '15 - Vast experience with military strategy and conducting military research.
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    M.A. '15 - Continuing her behavioral health education at the University of Delaware.
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    M.A. '16 - Contributing to policies that strengthen transportation and trade in New York and New Jersey.
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    Elizabeth Burland
    M.A. '15 - Studying for a doctoral degree in Sociology and Public Policy at the University of Michigan.
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    Elizabeth Lockman
    M.A. '15 - Delaware state senator with roots in advocacy.
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    Ph.D. '14 - Directing the M.S. in Health Informatics program in the College of Public Health at Temple Univ.
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    Savannah Edwards
    MPA '17 - Planning for sustainable and complete communities in Delaware and Maryland.
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    Scott Murphy Eisenhart
    MPA '17 - Legislative aide credits SPPA experience for helping him excel in the world of politics and policy.
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    MPA '17 - Graduate's policy analysis and research aims to improve education funding.
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    MPA '17 - Local Government Management Fellowship kickstarts graduate's professional career.
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    MPA '16 - Research assistant and Legislative Fellow experience help inform grad's career trajectory.
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    MPA '18 - From IPA fellow to research analyst, grad attributes workplace success to grad school experience.
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    MPA '09 - Supports nonprofit efforts to help communities in many African countries.
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    M.A. '14, HP Cert '15 - Technical review of all city site-plans, subdivision and building permit applications.
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    MPA '09 – Integral in the leadership and financial management of federal agencies.
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    M.A. ’98 – Instrumental in environmental planning and federal emergency management decision making.
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    B.S. '12 – Translating leadership education into a successful early career path in major tech corporations.
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    M.A. '07 - Providing heritage preservation services, and cultural landscape research in southern New Jersey.
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    B.A. and MPA '05 – Developing education and advocacy campaigns on public policy relating to women's issues.
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    MPA '05 – Successful private sector business partner drawing upon public sector experiences.
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    Ph.D. '03 – Revitalizing a community through the application of theory and practical experience.
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<img alt="" src="/news/PublishingImages/ohanlon-sea-grant.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />IPA teams with Delaware Sea Grant for Sussex Emergency Preparedness Workshop<p>With Hurricane Dorian devastating the Bahamas, emergency planning and being prepared for a severe weather event was on everyone’s mind at a “Ready or Not: Emergency Preparedness Workshop” held at a packed Roxana Fire Hall on Thursday, Sept. 5. </p><p>The workshop was geared towards adults over the age of 55, their families and caretakers to help older adults prepare for emergencies by addressing their unique needs and concerns.<br></p><p>The event was hosted by the towns of South Bethany, Fenwick Island, and Selbyville, together with Delaware Sea Grant (DESG) and the Institute for Public Administration (IPA) at the University of Delaware. It was led by Danielle Swallow, coastal hazard specialist for DESG, and Julia O’Hanlon, a policy scientist with IPA. </p><h4>Delaware Hazards</h4><p>Swallow said that the top three hazards impacting Delaware communities are coastal flooding, nor’easters and hurricanes. The same natural resources that draw people to coastal communities, such as the opportunity to live by beaches and bays, are the same resources that make those communities especially vulnerable. </p><p>Swallow explained that Delaware is facing double trouble with intensifying storms and a rate of sea level rise that is twice the global average. </p><p>“Sea level rise basically increases the average height of our high tides and our low tides. If you live near a marsh area, think about that marsh as now storing more water than it previously did. So when rain comes in, when a storm surge comes in, that wetland area and marsh area is slower to drain out,” said Swallow.</p><p>While beachfront properties have dunes to protect them, the inland properties face more vulnerability as they are closer to the bays, tributaries and marsh areas where no such protective systems are available. </p><p>Swallow added that Delawareans are increasing their exposure to impacts from these storms because they’re building in some of the more highly vulnerable areas of coastal Sussex. In addition to putting more houses in the path of hazards, such development is taking away land that can absorb water. </p><p>Add to that an aging Sussex County population, which will have 30 percent of the county population over the age of 65 by the year 2030, and there is a dire need for emergency preparedness in the event of large storms. </p><p>“Our risks and vulnerabilities are increasing, but the good news is that we can take steps to help mitigate some of that,” said Swallow. “You’re here today because you’ve worked hard in your life to retire and to enjoy the lifestyle that this area affords you, and it’s important to protect that life that you’ve built. Taking the steps now to prepare can help you do that.” </p><p>Participants received training on evacuation routes and shelters, emergency supply kits, and managing health and mobility issues during the workshop and were given the opportunity to fill out an emergency health communications card. They could also engage with emergency responders, healthcare providers, agencies, and businesses who exhibited information on the services available to older adults before, during, or after emergency events. <br></p><p>O’Hanlon spoke about aging in place and said that all of those present at the workshop had already taken a vital step towards successfully aging in place by getting more information about the resources available to them in the case of inclement weather.</p><p>“Sussex County is continuing to age. It’s a popular place to retire. Obviously, we have wonderful coastal communities, it’s beautiful. But we want to maintain that lifestyle and having the resources and understanding and being educated about what resources are available is part of successfully aging in place,” said O’Hanlon, <a href="">who recently developed a Planning for Age Friendly Communities report for IPA</a>.</p><p>UD students from O’Hanlon’s institute were on hand to help participants register for Smart 9-1-1, a service that provides first responders with personal information such as medications individuals take and their emergency contact numbers so the emergency services can better serve them in a crisis.</p><p>William Boyden, Chief of the Fenwick Island Police Department, talked to participants about the importance of being prepared and having a plan in place in case of an emergency.</p><p>Some of the tips highlighted by Boyden included:</p><ul data-rte-list="default"><li><p>Plan where you will go and the route to get there;</p></li><li><p>Have a hotel designated if you can’t go home;</p></li><li><p>Pack an overnight bag with a change of clothes, some toiletries and extra medications;</p></li><li><p>Have some food and water in case you get stuck in traffic on the highway; and</p></li><li><p>Make sure your car is always full of gas.  </p></li></ul><p>He said that in the case of emergencies, most towns have alert systems on their websites. Swallow added that it’s good to sign up for multiple alert systems, such as a local emergency alert system and also a statewide emergency alert system.</p><p>Boyden pointed out that while everyone usually thinks of hurricanes as the biggest threat along the coast, Delaware is particularly vulnerable to Nor’easters, storms that have hurricane force winds and bring lots of rain over a prolonged period of time.</p><p>He also spoke on how to exit coastal communities safely and effectively and warned about the perils of not heeding warnings given by state and government agencies.</p><p>“The biggest problem we have here with evacuations is that people just don’t heed the warning,” said Boyden. “When we give a warning, in my past experience, people just don’t listen. People usually say ‘Well, we’ve never had this happen so it’s not going to happen’ and I always say, ‘You’ve probably never had a house fire, but you have a fire department and you usually have a fire extinguisher.’”</p><p><em>Article by Adam Thomas, originally posted on the <a href="">Sea Grant Website</a>.</em></p>The Roxana Fire Hall was packed on September 6, 2019Aging in Place<img align="right" alt="Dr. Jame McCray sits with a local resident at a computer discussing necessary steps for disaster preparedness. " src="/news/PublishingImages/preparedness-workshop.jpg?RenditionID=10" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><img align="right" alt="Julia O'Hanlon speaks to a large crowed about aging in place at the Roxanna Firehall in Sussex.. " src="/news/PublishingImages/julia-ohanlon-preparedness.jpg?RenditionID=9" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>​<strong>Dr. Jame McCray of Delaware Sea Grant speaks to a resident during the workshop</strong><br></p><p>​Julia O'Hanlon shared the values of understanding available resources for aging in place.<br></p><p>​More than 80 residents participated in the disaster preparedness workshop in Sussex County.<br></p>

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