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March 2024

Featured in this issue: Editor’s Note: An Editor’s Personal Journey to Emergency Preparedness by Catherine L. Feinman; Emergency Management Goes to the Hill by Kay C. Goss and Catherine L. Feinman; Amateurs of Action – The Women of Radio by Desiree Baccus; Executive Function: The Crisis Leader’s Edge in a

February 2024

Featured in this issue: Editor’s Note: Nation-State Threats – Preparing at All Levels by Catherine L. Feinman; Needed: More Imagination for Countering Domestic Risks by Jeanne Benincasa Thorpe; The [Evil] Empire Strikes Back: National Security Emergencies by Robert J. (Bob) Roller; Repeated Intelligence Failures – Not Connecting the Dots by Robert

November December 2023

Featured in this issue: Publisher’s Message: 25 Years of Domestic Preparedness by Jasper Cooke; Editor’s Note: A Quarter Century of Community Preparedness by Catherine L. Feinman; Emerging Technologies, Part 4 – Robotics and Automation by Ian Pleet; The Race to Interoperability by Charles Guddemi and Catherine L. Feinman; Emerging Technologies,

Publisher’s Message: 25 Years of Domestic Preparedness

As we celebrate the 25th anniversary, we honor the founding publisher, Marty Masiuk, and all the dedicated writers, advisors, and subscribers who contributed to and supported the publication over the years. Preparing for whatever the future holds requires remembering the past, setting new goals for the future, and evolving to

October 2023

Featured in this issue: Editor Note: Technology: Can’t Live With It, Can’t Live Without It by Catherine L. Feinman; COVID-19 – Emergency Plans and Readiness Exercises by Rich Christ; Water and Wastewater Sector Perspectives by Elston Johnson; National Preparedness Efforts Among Tribal Communities by Lynda Zambrano and Catherine L. Feinman;

DHS Investigation Leads to Three Indictments Against China-Based Chemical Manufacturing Companies and Employees for Fentanyl Trafficking

Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas detailed efforts by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) to disrupt the fentanyl precursor chemical supply chain. Working in concert with federal partners, HSI agents and CBP officers investigated and interdicted precursor

TSA stopped over 1,800 firearms at airport checkpoints nationwide during the third quarter of 2023; expects to surpass last year’s record of 6,542 firearm interceptions by the end of the year

During the first three quarters of 2023, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) intercepted 5,072 firearms at airport security checkpoints, and at the current rate, the agency will surpass last year’s record 6,542 firearms prevented from getting onboard aircraft.

Homeland Security Advisory Council Meets and Reports Findings on Artificial Intelligence (AI), Workforce Adaptation, and the Homeland Security Grant Program

Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas convened the fourth in-person meeting of the Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC). The Council discussed the Department’s progress on AI, workforce adaptation, and the Homeland Security Grant Program. Additionally, Secretary Mayorkas officially swore in Los Angeles Fire Chief Kristin M. Crowley to the

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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

Article Out Loud – The “R” Word

  Full article by George Schwartz, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, April 10, 2024. In this featured article, an associate professor at Immaculata University addresses the challenge of defining resilience and the need to go beyond hazard mitigation. With 2024 being the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s “Year of Resilience,”

Article Out Loud – Dungeons and Disasters: Gamification of Public Health Responses

  Full article by Michael Etzel and Michael Prasad, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, April 10, 2024. In this featured article, two emergency managers describe how advanced technologies are offering new ways to train personnel, exercise public health responses like COVID-19, and prepare response agencies for many other

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

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