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The Illegal-Immigration Issue: A Compromise and a Commission

The American people are confused about the illegal immigration issue, and angry that neither the president nor the Congress seems to know what to do about it. It says here, that a partial solution is still possible in the current session of Congress.

A Score-Card Agenda for Capitol Hill

Homeland defense will be a key legislative focus this year in both the House and the Senate, with the Department of Homeland Security serving uncomfortably both as a target and, later, as a beneficiary.

A Score Card – and an Agenda!

The members of the 9-11 Commission release a grim new report on how well (how poorly is a more accurate description) the executive and legislative branches of government are doing to improve homeland security. Their consensus opinion: Flunking higher.

A Note From the Editor

The constitutional mandate to “Provide for the Common Defense” takes on new meaning in the Age of Terrorism and requires an updated strategy that includes protection of the U.S. homeland as a major mission of the nation’s armed services.

Editor’s Notes

The invisible cloud of avian influenza now gathering just over the horizon may eventually dissipate and be remembered five years hence as only the latest in a long series of hyperventilated news events predicting a global doomsday that never quite arrives. Or it may be the precursor to a true

Aftermath of a Hurricane: The Hard Part Comes Next

An analysis of what went right and wrong in the preparation for and response to Hurricane Katrina. The authors’ recommendation: Stop the blame game, and appoint a national commission that can salvage some long-term gains out of a massive disaster.

Homeland Defense Begins at Home!

The Department of Homeland Defense and American Red Cross are leading the way, but true national preparedness requires an all-hands effort starting with teachers and students, parents, first responders, businessmen and factory workers, the media and the m

Special Report: September Is National Preparedness Month

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the American Red Cross (ARC) announced last week that they have joined forces to co-sponsor National Preparedness Month 2005, a nationwide effort scheduled for this coming September, “to encourage Americans to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses, and schools.” The DHS/ARC

“The Week That Was” in Washington, D.C.

Orders to “Run for your life!” were followed in short order by the announcement of new port-security grants and the Pentagon’s latest list of base closings, consolidations, and realignments. All three became major national stories, and all are related – i

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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

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

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