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By Maryalene LaPonsie, OnlineDegrees.com
As Hurricane Irene rushed ashore, Jim Savitt put on a pot of coffee and prepared for some long days. Savitt was one of 60 emergency management specialists and support staff working with the Red Cross to man an operations center in New York that coordinated response and recovery activities after the storm hit.
"You have to be prepared to disrupt your life for a bit," said Savitt, who is also an associate professor at Empire State College. "You may be on for 12, 24 or 36 hours straight during an emergency."