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Dr. Fred May


Bio  •  Curriculum Vitae

Contact Information

  • Department: Safety, Security and Emergency Management
  • Office: Stratton 282
  • Mailing Address: 250 Stratton Building 521 Lancaster Avenue Richmond, KY 40475
  • Email:
  • Phone: 859-622-1464


Dr. May’s current research and publications focus on governmental emergency management and coordination, especially hazard mitigation and planning; hazard and risk analysis, disaster modeling and analysis, historical aspects of emergency management, and teaching methodologies. Dr. May’s most recent publications include Cascading Disaster Models for Post-Burn Flash Flood and Disaster Reduction Planning for Recreation Areas via Cascading Models. His ongoing collaborative research has resulted in several recent conference presentations on university emergency planning, standardization of an emergency management curriculum, and utilization of technology and critical thinking in teaching. He interacts with all levels of government to integrate real-world practice with emergency management course content and participates actively in developing the newly-emerging science of emergency management.

Dr. May serves on the Western Illinois University emergency planning team, as well as the Hazard Mitigation Committee of the Illinois Stormwater and Floodplain Management Association, and he is a member of the Kentucky Mitigation Managers Association. He is also a member of the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) and the American Public Works Association (APWA). Dr. May presents papers on his research frequently at state, national and international conferences, publishes in peer-reviewed journals, and mentors undergraduate and graduate students, interns and practicum students.

Dr. May has worked in governmental emergency management for more than 25 years and has taught the subject in universities for approximately the same length of time. In government he served as State Hazard Mitigation Officer, Interagency Technical Team Coordinator, earthquake program coordinator, floodplain manager, Project Impact Coordinator, and Chair of the Western States Seismic Policy Council. He received his B.S. in Geology (1970), his M.S. in Geology from the Pennsylvania State University (1972), and his doctorate in Geology from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (1976).

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