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China Today: Spectacular, Mesmerizing, Prosperous – But

An AUSA Association of the U S Army report takes a close look at the 8220 New China 8221 and sees not only unprecedented prosperity and a less hostile foreign policy but also a fierce nationalism and some still simmering anti U S political policies

‘Zero Hour’: A Serious Game for Emergency Responders

George Washington University plans to convene two 8220 policy summits 8221 focused on the preparedness needs of large cities One highlight of the meetings will be a bloodily realistic videogame showing how first responders can help turn victims into patients

Containing the Threat: Eleven Million Challenges

CBP falls short in its efforts to start implementing the 8220 100 percent screening 8221 mandate issued by Congress The issues involved are numerous costly and extremely complicated Nonetheless failure is not an option

Three to Get Ready

The could have should have but did not scenarios of the past serve as abundant reminders that the cost of national preparedness is only a fraction of the much higher cost that must always be paid for not being prepared

Election-Year Realities, and the Promise of Change

One primary election and one caucus down, and only 48 states to go. The quadrennial U.S. presidential election process, front-loaded this year as never before, is well underway. By the time the candidates of the two major parties (with one or more viable third-party candidates a real possibility) have been

The Mid-Atlantic All-Hazards Forum – Hugely Successful

Those who attended the regional conference in Baltimore earlier this month found it eminently worthwhile and developed a long list of solutions to current problems 8211 and an even longer list of new dangers and difficulties lurking just over the horizon

The Highest Priority on the National-Security Agenda

The early and well publicized House approval of homeland security 8220 implementing 8221 legislation is an encouraging sign that the new Democratic majority has its priorities right Many political and financial obstacles must still be overcome though

DHS Funding. How Much Is Enough?

The Appropriations Bill signed into law last week was a major step forward But it could be another case of too little and too late

SBInet: What Happens Next?

Commentary and AnalysisBy James D. Hessman, jamesd@domprep.com The 21 September DHS (Department of Homeland Security) announcement that the Boeing Company has been awarded a contract to build a “fence” of sorts – with some “virtual” components included – along the U.S. border with Mexico is not the beginning of the end

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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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