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Admiral Thad W. Allen, USCG, Commandant, U.S. Coast Guard

Coast Guard Commandant discusses USCG’s relationships with other DHS agencies, future equipment needs and force-packaging concepts, the TWIC program, and the advantages of keeping FEMA under DHS jurisdiction.

Brigadier General Simon Perry, Israel National Police

In most fields, basic training is part of the learning process. Fire, law enforcement, the military, and other disciplines have training academies for building competencies and testing new recruits. An exception to these types of requirements is the field of emergency management. This new training academy will ensure that all

Brigadier General Simon Perry, Israel National Police

Perry, now serving as his country’s deputy police attaché to North America, discusses the many ways in which Israel and the United States are working and training together, primarily through a law-enforcement exchange program.

Lt. Gen. H. Steven Blum, Chief to the National Guard Bureau

Full Commentary Audio Segment OneImplementation of the National Guard’s Joint Force Headquarters-State that enables a governor to coordinate military units in support of first responders. How it is built from the bottom up and serves as an interagency, intergovernmental task force under the incident command system (ICS) and the National

Dr. Denis Onieal, Superintendent, FEMA’s National Fire Academy

Podcast Dr. Onieal discusses professional development of skills for terrorist-incident response in the context of development of standard fire-service skills. An overview of the NFA curriculum http://www.usfa.fema.gov/ and the linkages to state training systems.The Professional Development Model curriculum for college-level fire science students. Oklahoma State University’s international journal of fire-service leadership and

Dr. Denis Onieal, Superintendent, FEMA’s National Fire Academy

Full Commentary DomPrep’s John Morton met with Dr. Denis Onieal, Superintendent, FEMA’s National Fire AcademyDomPrep has divided the 25 minute interview into four segments.Audio Segment One: The National Fire Academy’s (NFA’s) Emergency Response to Terrorism CurriculumDr. Onieal discusses professional development of skills for terrorist-incident response in the context of development of

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Article Out Loud – Rising Above the Flood: A Decision Tool for Structural Safety

Full Article By Cedric Ling, Debashish Kar, Nur Yazdani, Eyosias Beneberu, Maria Koliou, and Yong Yoo, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, January 24, 2024.When homeowners choose to elevate their homes above flood levels, they may compromise the structural integrity of the building if the elevation method does not

Article Out Loud – Beyond Patient Care: Family Reunification Planning for Hospitals

Full Article By Michael Prasad, An Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, January 17, 2024.To meet a community’s mass care family reunification needs after a disaster, hospitals and other healthcare facilities must have plans and procedures in place for mass casualty incident response, which goes beyond patient care. Here are

Article Out Loud – Multimodal Transportation Perspectives

Full Article By Nathan DiPillo and Derek Kantar, An Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, January 17, 2024.Without transportation and communications, emergency response can move at an uncomfortably slow pace, enough so that life, property, and the environment may be unnecessarily compromised. The integrated transportation network must be protected from

Article Out Loud – Resilience Versus Emergency Management

By Wayne P. Bergeron, An Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, January 10, 2024.Conferences are full of important and interesting sessions, but attendees do not always take away actionable knowledge or have long-term retention of the information. This article summarizes a crowd-sourced conversation with panelists, attendees, resilience experts, and Chat

Article Out Loud – Energy Sector Perspectives

By Eric Easton, An Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, January 10, 2024. From the alarm clock that wakes people in the morning, to the natural gas used to cook breakfast, to the refined petroleum products powering vehicles for daily commutes, the Energy Sector plays an integral role in daily

Article Out Loud – Five Steps Toward Enhancing Climate Resilience

Many communities have been impacted by “acute climate shocks” such as wildfires, hurricanes, floods, heatwaves, and severe winter storms – resulting in the loss of lives, livelihoods, and infrastructure. The five steps shared in this 2018 article can help enhance climate resilience.

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