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Emergency Operations Centers: The Heartbeat of Disaster Management

Emergency Operations Centers (EOCs) are complex facilities to design and build. Many emergency managers and other participants in response operations may be involved in only one new facility or only one remodeling during their careers. To begin with, it is a major challenge to obtain funding for an EOC that

CPG 101: All Hazards and All Phases

Emergency planning has a long, rich history not only in the United States but also in other industrialized countries throughout the world. The Federal Civil Defense Guide was compiled and promulgated during the 1960s. Next came the Civil Preparedness Guide in the 1970s. For the last 12 years its successor – the State and Local

Interim Housing Following Disasters: The FEMA Temporary Housing Program

After presidentially declared disasters, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) offers Direct Assistance – in the form of campers, trailers, and mobile homes – to those who are without shelter. Direct Assistance is available to eligible applicants in addition to cash grants.Disaster survivors are often assigned a camper, trailer, or

Backups for Emergency Satellite Communications

In today’s fast-moving world comprehensive, rapid, & continuing communications are the key to business success – and, in times of conflict, success on the battlefield as well. But what happens if communications systems are destroyed or made inoperable?

Credentialing of Private-Sector Disaster Support Personnel

The credentialing of private-sector disaster-support personnel presumes a very strong public-private partnership. The development of a true public/private-sector disaster credentialing system is a significant challenge. The goal is to create common credentials for public and private-sector first responders and emergency managers by working on key screening initiatives, including ways to

U.S. Businesses Respond to Community Needs

Three Cheers for three retail giants – WalMart, Home Depot, and Lowe’s, all of which stepped forward to provide urgently needed building materials and the mountains of other supplies required to help restore order in the aftermath of Hurricanes and Rita.

Coordination and Command Policies for Mass Evacuations

The U.S. surface transportation system plays a crucial role in responding not only to natural disasters but also to terrorist events and technological incidents. At the national level, the Disaster Response and Evacuation (DRE) user service has available an “intelligent” transportation system to respond to and recover from such disasters.

Security Protocols at Emergency Shelters

When emergency management (EM) officials talk about the security protocols established for emergency shelters, they must be very specific and, at the same time, very holistic. The various factors involved in and/or related to shelter security usually include such essential aspects of shelter management and operations as: threat assessment and/or

Licensing Standards for Emergency Shelters

Not long after Hurricane Katrina – the largest-ever U.S. post-emergency sheltering operation – Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) Administrator David Paulison said the following: “This has been an historic emergency sheltering effort that has assisted thousands of hurricane evacuees in their transition to longer-term housing. The process of recovery is

Partnerships in Interoperability: A Best Practices Model

It is axiomatic in the EM (emergency management) community both that regional collaboration is the foundation of emergency management and that interoperability of equipment – one of the keys to a successful collaboration – is 10 percent technology and 90 percent governance. But collaboration cannot be mandated; it has to

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Article Out Loud – The Race to Interoperability

The Boston Marathon Bombing demonstrated the dedication, commitment, and strength of those who responded that day. The lessons learned from that event continue to strengthen community resilience as participants gather to focus on building interoperability within and between jurisdictions.

Article Out Loud – Local Security: The Forgotten Factor in Relief Operations

  By Joseph W. Trindal, An Article Out Loud Flashback from Domestic Preparedness, originally published on February 24, 2010. The 2010 earthquake in Haiti exposed many weaknesses in the local infrastructure. Learn how security gaps and concerns presented even more problems for the relief effort. Narrated by Elisa DeLeon. Listen

Article Out Loud – A Failure To Over-Communicate

  By Terry Hastings, An Article Out Loud Flashback from Domestic Preparedness, originally published on May 10, 2017. Emergency managers (and others) often fail to fully engage and educate the whole community. This 2017 article discusses the need to over-communicate and explore new ways to educate people. Narrated by Elisa

Article Out Loud – Healthcare and Public Health Sector Perspectives

The Healthcare and Public Health Sector is one of 16 sectors identified as critical infrastructure under the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency. According to the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, National Health Expenditures (NHE) accounted for $4.3 trillion, or 18.3% of the U.S. gross domestic product. The HPH

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