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In recent years, emergency management (EM) degrees have become more popular at universities across the nation and in Arizona. The Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs (DEMA) capitalizes on the new talent coming into the EM field by offering unpaid internships for a semester.

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PHOENIX--“We (academics and policy makers) do not do a good enough job communicating the importance of mitigation planning” Dr. Nalini Chhetri explained, holding up a picture of two deadpan faces drawn in blue marker.

A woman geologist describes a slide showing the parts of an earthquake.

PHOENIX—The Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs (DEMA) hosted a tabletop exercise in mid-June to identify, disentangle and discuss the hardships a community impacted by an earthquake might face during a long and complicated recovery.

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