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The Development of National Standards for Credentialing

Who goes there And what are his her skills professional qualifications and other capabilities The only sure way to answer these and other questions posed in times of crisis is through a national credentialing system that takes into account a long list of practical requirements and possible pitfalls

Protecting the Super Bowl – A Perfect Defense Is Mandatory

The cost and the challenge of providing security at the Super Bowl and other major sports events has escalated exponentially in the almost eight years since the 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks against the United States And there are absolutely no fumbles allowed

A Global Sensor Network for Disaster Warnings

It would be much more complicated than 8220 a two step smoke alarm process 8221 but the nations of the world now have the technology needed to develop and build a truly global international and interoperable sensor system capable of almost instantaneous detection of imminent disasters So why don 8217

Food Safety: A Few Questions for the U.S. Government

Most Americans eat too much and too often Solving that problem is a personal dietary responsibility Protecting the nation 8217 s global food chain though is the government 8217 s responsibility 8211 one previously neglected but now receiving close attention from a slim new president

New Focus on Private-Sector Preparedness Standards

At last! A Federal Register notice asks the nation’s business community to comment on ideas that have been submitted to upgrade the disaster-preparedness capabilities of the U.S. private sector. Read, heed, and proceed – but do it fast.The nation’s private-sector businesses – a generic term that includes not only manufacturers,

Coming: An Upgrading of Security Standards for Rail Transit

For many Americans the most important date to remember next month will not be Inauguration Day but 27 January when the American National Standards Institute 8217 s Transit Security Workshop starts a much needed review of U S rail security deficiencies

International Standards for National Defense & Homeland Security

There are many reasons – e.g., future sales, & an infusion of outside expertise – for including international partners in the setting of standards. There are also legal & security factors to consider, particularly in the fields of weapons & technology.When a U.S. agency or private-sector company is developing standards

Standards for Sharing Intelligence and Information

It has taken years to remedy the intelligence-sharing deficiencies reported by the 9-11 Commission, but Congress and the President have worked hard to overcome the ignorance and apathy that once were the norm but are now the exception.When individual professionals, government agencies and other organizations, and the private sector join

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Article Out Loud – Interoperability During Mass Casualty Incidents

  Full article by Charles Guddemi and Catherine Feinman, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, April 3, 2024. In this featured article, the District of Columbia’s Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency’s statewide interoperability coordinator and the editor of Domestic Preparedness highlight the key takeaways from a 2024 interoperability

Article Out Loud – Emergency Management Goes to the Hill

  Full article by Kay C. Goss and Catherine L. Feinman, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, March 27, 2024. In this featured article, two attendees of a Senate briefing on “The State of Emergency Management” discuss the assistance needs of emergency managers working behind the scenes to ensure

Article Out Loud – The Evolution of Homeland Security Higher Education

  Full article by Heather Issvoran, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, March 27, 2024. In this featured article, the director of strategic communications for the Center for Homeland Defense and Security describes how homeland security education expanded after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, to ensure that

Article Out Loud – April 2024 Eclipse – Moving From Planning Into Operations

  Full article by Laurel J. Radow, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, March 13, 2024. In this featured article, a member of the American Astronomical Society Solar Eclipse Task Force shares an operational checklist for communities that will experience a total solar eclipse on April 8, 2024. Eclipse event

Article Out Loud – Support and Planning Inside 911 Centers

  Full article by Heather McGaffin, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, March 13, 2024. In this featured article, the director of The Office of Unified Communications in Washington, DC, provides a glimpse inside emergency communications centers and the strategic planning needed to ensure that someone is always there

Article Out Loud – Amateurs of Action – The Women of Radio

Full article by Desiree Baccus, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, March 6, 2024.In this featured article, a public relations committee member for the National Association for Amateur Radio describes how volunteers are transforming emergency preparedness with an inclusive, diverse movement of impactful community engagement. Talented operators nationwide prove

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