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Part III – Collaborative Efforts for Citywide Preparedness

Part 3 of 5: In any large city, there are many agencies and organizations that must learn to work together for the benefit of the city as a whole. In Baltimore, these groups come together through local emergency planning committee meetings, trainings, exercises, special events, and other interagency preparedness efforts.

Part II – Addressing Community Needs & Vulnerable Populations

Part 2 of 5: Planning and response efforts for any city emergency management agency can be challenging, especially when working with diverse populations, neighborhoods living in poverty, and drug-infested communities. The Baltimore Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management (MOEM) along with many partner agencies and organizations are going into vulnerable neighborhoods

Part I – ‘Charm City’s’ Team Baltimore

Part 1 of 5: This exclusive behind-the-scenes look at Baltimore Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management (MOEM) highlights the multidiscipline planning efforts required for day-to-day operations as well as for natural and human-caused disasters. While wearing multiple “hats,” the men and women of MOEM cultivate valuable interagency relationships to prepare the

Preparedness 101 & Beyond

Critical Infrastructure – Preparing for the “Long Haul” by Joe D. ManousCritical Infrastructure – Addressing an Overarching Concept (Podcast) by Joe D. ManousCritical infrastructure, sustainability, and resilience are terms that are commonly used by emergency planners, responders, and receivers in various disciplines and jurisdictions. However, questions surround who needs to understand and

The Complexities of Environmental Health Security

A topic that often bridges various disciplines and jurisdictions – and sometimes is overlooked in the “big picture” – is security related to environmental health. To address questions surrounding this topic, DomPrep asked readers how they define environmental health and where it fits within the national and international security arena.

Biothreat Preparedness – Less Talking, More Doing

An article, a flash poll, and a podcast each addressed the same question: Where does the nation stand on preparedness for biological threats? As the world watches to see how West Africa manages the latest Ebola outbreak, public health officials must continue to train, educate, staff, and fund their forces

Protecting Special Events Amid Civil Unrest

An article, a flash poll, and a podcast each addressed the same question: Can a country that faces daily civil disturbances adequately secure a major special event? Many factors involved in training public and private security personnel make this question difficult to answer – temporary staff, types of training, and

A Blossoming Public-Private Partnership

For any large-scale special event, it is important to expect the unexpected. The United States Park Police took the time to plan and train with private sector partners for the annual Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run to discover gaps and mitigate potential hazards and incidents that may present

Preparing for the Unthinkable

An article, a flash poll, and a podcast each addressed the same topic: Is the United States prepared for a nuclear detonation? Each came to the same conclusion, “No, not as prepared as it needs to be.” The threat of a nuclear attack did not disappear with the Cold War,

Charting New Waters in Biosecurity

Many businessmen, and homeowners, would quickly buy and read a comprehensive report on how to prevent burglaries. Many burglars would buy and read the same book, but for different reasons. Those who carry out important scientific research face a similar dilemma: They want to help educate their peers, but do


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  A pharmacist and member of a Disaster Medical Assistance Team shares his personal account of the challenges his team overcame when responding to Hurricane Katrina in this 2005 article. Listen on

Article Out Loud – Service Animal Awareness in Disaster Response 

Service animals are trained to perform specific daily tasks, which are often still required when responders are assisting during a hurricane, mass casualty event, or another emergency. As such, emergency planning efforts should include service animals to ensure responders can identify the animals’ critical roles, acknowledge their specialized training, and

Article Out Loud – Food and Agriculture Sector Perspectives

The Food and Agriculture Sector is one of 16 sectors identified as critical infrastructure under the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency. Domestic Preparedness invited subject matter experts to answer important questions about this sector and how the sector and its interdependencies can affect any community.


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