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Advances in Medical Countermeasures for Chemical Terrorism

With the potential to kill thousands in a single attack chemical warfare agents have been an ongoing threat to nations around the world since World War I Although efforts have been made to reduce the production and stockpiling of these deadly chemicals there remains a need not only to stockpile

Emerging Technology Enables Mass Patient Evacuations

From time to time hospitals themselves can be dangerous to a patient 8217 s health That is particularly true when a patient is being transferred or evacuated and even more so when a large number of patients are being evacuated at the same time This is precisely why RFIDs JPATS

The Public Health Ethics of Contagion

The recent film Contagion illustrates the challenges a society may experience when facing a rapidly spreading and highly lethal virus Director Steven Soderbergh carefully constructed the film to reflect a realistic public health and medical response to a severe pandemic Many of the technical public health aspects of the film

Public Health and Medical Interoperability Challenges

Rapid advances in telemedicine and in the computerization of medical records are now the norm but are made extremely complicated by 8211 well by other rapid advances in telemedicine and in the computerization of medical records Additional breakthroughs are still possible and highly desired The pace of progress should perhaps

Mass Evacuation of Medical and Functional Needs Populations

It is reasonable to expect that when the population of a community 8211 or nation 8211 grows the need for a mass evacuation of some type will grow at the same pace That need increases exponentially though a when catastrophic weather events occur with greater frequency and or b in

Public Health Emergency Resilience: The Next Challenging Step

The four keys to maintaining and improving the nation 8217 s public health and emergency preparedness according to HSPD 21 and other policy directives are improved capabilities in bio surveillance countermeasures distribution mass casualty care and community resilience Considerable progress has been made in upgrading the first three of those

Functional Needs Support Services: A New Paradigm in Emergency Shelter Operations

Everyone in any given community throughout the world suffers when a hurricane earthquake or other disaster occurs Those who suffer the most though are usually those already suffering from other problems specifically including medical impairments that make it difficult to function on their own or even with assistance Fortunately new

Meeting the Challenge: Public Health Emergencies & the Special Needs Populations

Dealing with earthquakes hurricanes and or terrorist attacks is difficult enough for first responders as well as emergency managers Add to that though the need to protect provide medical care for and or possibly transport people suffering from various medical problems makes the challenge exponentially more difficult Once again advance

Public Health Security for Mass Gatherings

A mass gathering has been defined by the World Health Organization as a planned or unplanned event at which the number of attendees is sufficient to strain the planning and response resources of the community state or nation Fortunately the strategies needed to address the public health challenge represented by

Mass Prophylaxis: The Brass Ring of Public Health Preparedness

It sounds like a mission impossible but U S public health officials are determined to find a way to provide pandemic medications within 48 hours to everyone within a major metropolitan area endangered by pandemic influenza or a potentially lethal bioterrorism attack

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Article Out Loud – The Psychology of Crisis

  Full article by Mary Schoenfeldt, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, May 22, 2024. In this feature article, the board president of Green Cross Academy of Traumatology describes the psychological side of disasters and other impactful events as a critical component of crisis management. Many people still do

Article Out Loud – Elegant Community Preparation

  Full article by Aaron Titus, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, May 8, 2024. In this feature article, the executive director for Crisis Cleanup shares how elegant community preparation offers a process that simplifies disaster planning efforts for community members. Communities need to prepare together and focus on

Article Out Loud – Navigating the Seismic Dance: Preparedness in the Ring of Fire

  Full article by Alicia Johnson, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, May 8, 2024. In this feature article, an emergency manager with extensive experience in risk communications and public affairs informs readers about the multifaceted nature of earthquake risks and delineates the indispensable role organizations play in mitigating

Article Out Loud – National Security: A Range of Threats

  Full article by Anthony Mottola and Richard Schoeberl, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, May 1, 2024. In this feature article, two law enforcement and counterterrorism experts discuss the growing threats from organized foreign terrorist groups to homegrown terrorists inspired by them. Members of the intelligence community have

Article Out Loud – Sustaining Those Working in Disasters

  Full article by Jolie Wills, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, April 24, 2024. In this featured article, a cognitive scientist and psychosocial disaster recovery specialist emphasizes the importance of supporting those working in emergency response roles before, during, and after emergencies and disasters. Leaders and their teams

Article Out Loud – Mental Awareness to Enhance Preparedness

  Full article by Andrew (Andy) Altizer, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, April 17, 2024. In this featured article, an emergency manager with military experience points out that emergency managers, public health officials, and first responders often stress the importance of physical fitness, but sometimes neglect mental fitness.

Article Out Loud – Primary Care Investments to Increase Community Resilience

  Full article by Angie Im, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, April 17, 2024. In this featured article, a healthcare research and policy expert describes the importance of community health centers and their impact on community resilience. These medical lifelines for millions of Americans are facing financial and

Article Out Loud – The Missing Plague Vials

  Full article by Robert C. Hutchinson, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, April 17, 2024. In this featured article, an experienced federal agent shares a true story of missing bubonic plague vials, an airport bomb threat, and other suspicious activities that demonstrate continued national and homeland security vulnerabilities

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