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FEMA’s New Planning Doctrine

Two new guidance documents further integrate emergency management planning efforts at the regional and national levels The Federal Emergency Management Agency sets the stage for integrated planning and builds a coherent planning system by integrating the Threat and Hazard identification and Risk Assessment and providing valuable resources for national preparedness

National Preparedness: Challenges, Definitions & Jurisdictions

Implementing the guidance provided by Presidential Directive 8 can lead to organizational and procedural challenges 8211 while also working toward greater national preparedness The first step in implementation is to identify threats and hazards and define the risk as it pertains to a particular jurisdiction The next step is to

Equipment Standardization – A New-Old Approach

The so called 8220 standardization 8221 of equipment is intended to lower costs simplify procurement decisions and also improve training and operational capabilities 8211 theoretically at least When the standards previously approved are not followed though or are simply ignored new and complex difficulties follow in short order When those

IT Preparedness: At Long Last, a Major DHS Priority

In today 8217 s complex world information technology IT systems serve as both the intellectual libraries and operational brains of virtually all components of the vital infrastructures of businesses utilities and the organizations and agencies of all levels of government For this reason among others the maintenance protection and preservation

The Three Ts of Terrorism – Finding the Facts in the News

The Target hit the Tactics used and the Technology involved 8211 all provide a wealth of information that can be used by everyday citizens to find out the 8220 real facts 8221 behind a terrorist incident and or other mass casualty event Also not to be ignored is the telling

Pre-Disaster Recovery Planning: A New Focus on Deficiencies

Earlier this month – more specifically, on 11 September – the United States observed the ninth anniversary of the most devastating terrorist attack in the nation’s history; the occasion was marked by considerable political and media commentary and academic discussions on the ability – but in some major areas of

The Need for Situational Awareness in a CBRNE Attack

The handling of mass casualty incidents involving chemical biological radiological nuclear and or explosive materials requires special training and purpose built systems and equipment but the greatest need on site is continuing awareness by emergency responders of the horrendous threat they and the innocent victims they are helping are facing

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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

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