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Article Out Loud – Preparing for Extreme Weather Events

This 2014 article stated described the wide variety of natural disasters that various parts of the world had recently experienced The author 8217 s prediction that the frequency and cost of such events would continue to increase is demonstrated in the $1 billion events since 1980 rising from 151 in

Government Shutdowns: Emergencies, Disasters, or Expected Events

The 35 day government shutdown of 2018 2019 became the longest in U S government history Food banks firefighters and community services agencies ramped up their food and other care services Much like during natural disasters a significant number of federal workers and contractors did not have sufficient savings to

FEMA Challenges & Responses, 2017-2018

The overall goal of the Federal Emergency Management Agency FEMA emergency management programs and the profession of emergency management is to have the disaster system be federally supported state managed and locally executed FEMA maintains a delicate and fragile balance between leading and nurturing this enormous system and this exciting

Freight Rail Safety and Emergency Management

During the second week of October 2017 the DomPrep Journal hosted and Draeger sponsored a series of presentations and discussions which included most of the major federal agencies engaged in freight rail safety and security as well as the American Association of Railroads To add to that discussion several states

Unmanned Aerial Systems & Emergency Management

Long before the invention of drones emergency managers determined the overall scope of a crisis using information from emergency personnel on the ground and from the chain of command created through the Incident Command System Today drones have many capabilities that could enhance response activities and change the way disasters

Next Responder of the Future

Each year experienced emergency management and first responder personnel are retiring from their careers and retiring the vital skills that they spent their lifetimes learning As the next generation of young adults moves into these fields it is critical for the knowledge skills and abilities of the previous generations to

Today’s Law Enforcement Challenges

Civil unrest in cities across the country challenges public servants to think analytically about how to restore public confidence and protect citizens from bad actors and events that threaten their safety and security This article summarizes a four hour roundtable that DomPrep and the Baltimore Police Department convened to share

Importance of Presidential Leadership in Emergency Management

With over 30 years working in emergency management 12 years in a state governor s office almost 8 years at the Federal Emergency Management Agency FEMA as associate director in charge of national preparedness training and exercises and 11 years in the private sector at Electronic Data Systems and Systems

Active Shooter School Preparedness: An Update

Schools colleges and universities are diverse communities that present especially challenging situations Safety officials know that they have to be extremely well prepared for a vast array of potentially difficult situations that can spiral Fortunately many resources exist to help communities prepare for such dangerous scenarios

Emergency Management: The State of Preparedness

The United States has built a solid foundation for emergency preparedness which is based on the whole community concept of bringing together all levels of government the private and nonprofit sectors and the public By working together and building strong leaders the nation can withstand the many natural and human

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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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