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Training for Multi-Agency Response Efforts

Even successful responses can highlight areas in which improvement is needed in the training of responders which is one reason a big one why the sharing of lessons learned is so important Enhanced training that includes lessons from real world situations and events can help responders familiarize themselves with their

Public Health Monitoring Systems: Two ‘Good Stories’

New Jersey calls on Hippocrates to help top officials cope with a major mass casualty incident with significant international implications the initial result was a burning success In Tarrant County Texas NACCHO and school nurses put the emphasis on children in fighting the flu and both detecting and controlling the

Bio-Preparedness: From the Top Down

A smart leader recruits the most capable assistants he she can find 8211 and uses them wisely But some topics in today 8217 s dangerous world are of such transcendent importance 8211 bio preparedness for example 8211 that decisions cannot be relegated to subordinates And neither can the drills training

Technology and Equipment: Training Needed on Both

Baltimore knows and so do the great states of Oregon and Pennsylvania that the first requirement in preparedness training is having the right type of equipment 8211 in the quantities needed to meet all possible contingencies The 8220 other 8221 first requirement is to ensure that all users of that

Lessons Learned From an ‘Almost’ Evacuation

In December 2014 an unknown patient zero visited Disneyland in California Whether that person knew that he or she was carrying a highly contagious infectious disease is not as important as the speed in which the disease spread and the reason behind it There is a correlation between the resurgence

Preparing for Unexpected Hospital Surges

Some of the best 8220 solutions 8221 create other problems as Canada found out during the 2003 SARS outbreak Once again the best way to avoid such secondary problems is through advance planning plus training and exercises with all stakeholders involved every step of the way

Pandemic Preparedness: Advance Planning Is Mandatory

Healthcare workers first responders and emergency managers in Louisiana and Missouri used the H1N1 global pandemic to demonstrate how an imminent disaster 8211 combined with information sharing the early promulgation of preparedness plans and a modicum of managerial expertise 8211 can provide valuable lessons learned to cope with future disasters

Responding to CBRNE Attacks: A Quick Primer

The dangers posed by IEDs chemical and biological weapons 038 devices and other WMDs has grown exponentially in recent years 8211 to the point that many analysts now use the term 8220 when not if 8221 in answering questions about the possibility of additional terrorist attacks against the United States

Advance Planning: The Key to Preparedness for Special Events

Goal Ensure that all goes well before during and after a major public event How to do so Prepare an all contingency plan well in advance and involving all stakeholders involved provide enough flexibility to cope with unexpected unforeseeable 8220 what if 8221 contingencies then practice practice practice

Protecting Citizens by Predicting Future Threats

The threat is imminent and can become a reality at almost any time But no one knows about it except those who plan to carry out the threat Chicago 8217 s new District Intelligence Bulletin System DIBS is helping to even the odds by the extremely rapid dissemination to law

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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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