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Politics and Science: A Glowing Combination?

How does a democracy work Not always quite the way it should particularly when substantive evidence has been presented for only one side of an issue and the media compensates by giving more and more favorable publicity to the other side

Love Thy Neighbor – But Keep Your Distance

Kill diseases by starving them to death through social distancing That is probably the most effective and lowest cost means of containing the spread of diseases carried in microbe laced weapons of mass destruction

Pandemic Flu Vaccine – Still No Silver Bullet

Several years have passed since the first H5N1 outbreak and there have been speeches studies and statistics galore 8211 but few if any nations are even half prepared to deal with the consequences of a major pandemic

Pro and Con, Yea and Nay – Experts’ Dialogue on the New HICS Guidebook

A Point Counterpoint discussion of California 8217 s new Hospital Incident Command System Guidebook its strengths and weaknesses its applicability to the 8220 business 8221 of medicine in the United States and how it can be used to deal with real life scenarios

A Long List of Questions; A Very Short List of Answers

The administration 8217 s development and release of an 8220 Implementation Plan 8221 to deal with pandemic influenza is a helpful start 8211 but no more than that Few if any states or cities are taking the steps needed to protect their citizens

Isolation & Quarantine: How, When, and How Much

From the Black Plague through colonial days to SARS outbreaks the practice of isolating infected people from the rest of society has been considered a necessary evil It has not always been a helpful one 038 healthcare professionals have paid the price

Pandemic Influenza: A Catastrophe in Waiting?

Special Report on the threat to human life from a global avian influenza pandemic and a long list of policies and programs that might be implemented to reduce the death toll

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Article Out Loud – Key Bridge Collapse: Unity of Effort

  Full article by Michael Prasad, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, May 22, 2024. In this feature article, a Certified Emergency Manager and senior research analyst provides an update on the unity of effort involved in the Francis Scott Key Bridge collapse effort in Baltimore, Maryland. Together, many

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

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