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Ebola – Protecting Frontline Workers

The first U S case of Ebola has been confirmed in Texas so what once was considered a 8220 foreign 8221 disease is now on domestic soil The key question is 8220 Are U S healthcare workers prepared 8221 Although it takes time it is never too late to build

Applying the Kipling Method to Infrastructure Protection

In 1900 writer Rudyard Kipling created a story about 8220 The Elephant 8217 s Child 8221 that would not stop asking questions More than 100 years later planners must ask similarly tough questions in order to protect critical infrastructure assets that could have devastating ripple effects should they cease functioning

Mass Fatalities – Processing Human Remains

The unfortunate truth is no matter how well prepared a jurisdiction is no matter how well equipped and staffed and no matter how good emergency plans are bad things happen Unlike most planning efforts the goal of mass fatality planning is not to save lives but rather to reunite decedents

Special Facilities – More Than Just Shelters

Many emergency plans call for the establishment of special facilities – each serving a primary function(s) to protect the population – in order to fulfill the public’s needs during or after a disaster. Following a terrorist attack involving a bioweapon such as smallpox, for example, mass inoculations would require establishing

Operational Tasks – Go With the Flow

The U S Centers for Disease Control 038 Prevention CDC is changing the dynamics of public private partnerships as they relate to medical countermeasures for public health threats By using nontraditional partnerships CDC is not only providing easier access but also reducing the time needed to dispense large quantities of

Death – Breaking the Bad News

The American Heart Association reported that in 2011 the average survival rate to hospital discharge for nontraumatic cardiac arrest patients of all ages after receiving treatment from emergency medical services EMS was 10 4 percent As such EMS teams play a key role in preparing the families of cardiac arrest

Opioids – Overdoses & Antidotes

In 2017 the U S Department of Health and Human Services declared a public health emergency related to the opioid crisis Indeed overdoses and deaths from opioids have skyrocketed over the past decade In 2017 deaths from opioids were six times higher than in 1999 Opioids impact the quality of

Bridging the Medical Ladders

Paramedics acquire a wealth of skills and knowledge but their tasks are physically demanding and the risk of injury is high Rather than discarding their training and starting over these skilled professionals instead could transition to higher level less strenuous job positions With a few changes hospitals and communities can

Productivity & Multiagency Meetings

When multiagency meetings take time away from everyday tasks productivity may decrease 8211 but only temporarily Those participating in such meetings should recognize though that the productivity lost that day usually will be reimbursed with interest when the same participants simultaneously respond to future incidents

Raising the Capabilities Bar for Future Medical Teams

Predicting the future of emergency medical services EMS is often a frustrating task but it also can be extremely rewarding For many years EMS leaders have been predicting a day when paramedics will be able to treat patients on site without having to transport them to a hospital or other

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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

Article Out Loud – Emergency Management Goes to the Hill

  Full article by Kay C. Goss and Catherine L. Feinman, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, March 27, 2024. In this featured article, two attendees of a Senate briefing on “The State of Emergency Management” discuss the assistance needs of emergency managers working behind the scenes to ensure

Article Out Loud – The Evolution of Homeland Security Higher Education

  Full article by Heather Issvoran, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, March 27, 2024. In this featured article, the director of strategic communications for the Center for Homeland Defense and Security describes how homeland security education expanded after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, to ensure that

Article Out Loud – April 2024 Eclipse – Moving From Planning Into Operations

  Full article by Laurel J. Radow, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, March 13, 2024. In this featured article, a member of the American Astronomical Society Solar Eclipse Task Force shares an operational checklist for communities that will experience a total solar eclipse on April 8, 2024. Eclipse event

Article Out Loud – Support and Planning Inside 911 Centers

  Full article by Heather McGaffin, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, March 13, 2024. In this featured article, the director of The Office of Unified Communications in Washington, DC, provides a glimpse inside emergency communications centers and the strategic planning needed to ensure that someone is always there

Article Out Loud – Amateurs of Action – The Women of Radio

Full article by Desiree Baccus, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, March 6, 2024.In this featured article, a public relations committee member for the National Association for Amateur Radio describes how volunteers are transforming emergency preparedness with an inclusive, diverse movement of impactful community engagement. Talented operators nationwide prove

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