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NamUs: Narrowing the Search for Missing Persons

Law enforcement officers medical examiners and coroners are now able to accumulate more data more quickly in their efforts to solve missing person cases Moreover the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System not only provides a wealth of helpful information to public agencies but also empowers families to help locate

When the First Down Becomes the Worst Down

Automatic external defibrillators AEDs are available in many modern venues but are still underutilized By building awareness and training for AED use as well as understanding the plans and procedures in place for managing such emergencies school staff can increase the survival rates of young athletes who suffer from cardiac

Worst-Case Scenarios: Sudden & Total Isolation

The setting of national standards for the personal protective equipment worn and training received by first responders working in a hazardous materials environment is a positive step forward

Staple Foods, Grain Tonnages & Daring Rescues

It takes special equipment and specially trained people to rescue anyone trapped in a massive silo containing thousands of bushels of grain Knowing what to do and how to do it 8211 safely and successfully 8211 could prevent fatalities caused by suffocation toxic inhalation or even an explosion

The Island Life – Isolated But Not Alone

Public health emergencies including infectious disease and natural disasters are issues that every community faces To address these threats it is critical for all jurisdictions to understand how law can be used to enhance public health preparedness as well as improve coordination and collaboration across jurisdictions As sovereign entities tribal

Protecting Water, Diluting Threats, Saving Lives

Water water everywhere and all of it fit to drink Reservoirs supply drinking water to communities throughout the United States Protecting such a large area including the surrounding land poses many challenges and raises red flags when unauthorized visitors come too close

Specialized Teams Meet Unique Challenges

People weather disasters terrorist attacks and other criminal activities are inherently unpredictable Which does not mean that law enforcement and healthcare agencies cannot prepare for them by using the 8220 special events 8221 calendar as a training curriculum

The Dangerous New World of the Social/Anti-Social Media

Civilian responders have successfully acquired many skills that were originally developed by military services Situational awareness is one such skill that would be beneficial to adapt to the civilian members of the emergency medical services Maintaining a heightened sense of awareness would help responders stay 8220 in the loop 8221

Staying Ahead of ‘The Big One’

When the average citizen is confronted by an emergency situation beyond the routine, he or she is usually overwhelmed and forced to rely on emergency responders to take command and re-establish control. Unfortunately, the first responders themselves do not always have the same option. Their first task, usually, is to

The Timely Art of Declaring a Public Health Emergency

Swine flu bird flu and pandemic flu have been widely publicized by the news media over the past decade Public health and emergency management officials walk a tight line though between the risk on the one hand of sounding an alarm prematurely and on the other of missing the pivotal

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Article Out Loud – A Holistic Approach to Cybersecurity Risk

  Full article by Ernesto Ballesteros, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, February 28, 2024. In this featured article, a cybersecurity state coordinator for CISA explains how cybersecurity is a core business process that involves the entire organization or agency. The continuity of government and operations depends on a

Article Out Loud – Protecting Infrastructure – Cyber, Physical, and EMP Attacks

  Full article by David Winks, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, February 21, 2024. In this featured article, a cyber defense expert describes the complexities of protecting the power grid from cyber, physical, and electromagnetic pulse attacks. Like a giant spider web, the grid connects power companies and

Article Out Loud – Repeated Intelligence Failures – Not Connecting the Dots

  Full article by Robert Leverone and Darren E. Price, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, February 14, 2024. In this featured article, two homeland security experts discuss how combating potential threats and avoiding intelligence failures involves identifying the signals and warnings in available information and connecting the dots.

Article Out Loud – Needed: More Imagination for Countering Domestic Risks

Full article by Jeanne Benincasa Thorpe, an Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, February 7, 2023.From “Lord of the Flies” to the terrorist attacks of 9/11, significant consequences have been blamed on failures of imagination. In this featured article, a national security and resiliency expert encourages leaders to

Article Out Loud – Unleashing Community Resilience Through Collaborative Leadership

Full Article By Michael R. Valiente, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, January 31, 2024. Elected officials and emergency response personnel form the nucleus of community leadership, a driving force for collaborative relationships with local stakeholders. Find out how community leaders who adopt the tenets of transformational leaders can

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