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Chemical Weapons, Now the Norm

The recent assassination of North Korea 8217 s Kim Jong Nam raises questions about the VX nerve agent which could affect emergency responders who have not been recently trained or have not come in direct contact with this deadly chemical On Thursday 2 March 2017 DomPrep hosted a 30 minute

FINAL REPORT: BIODEFENSE – The Threat, the Cost & the Priority

The biothreat topic is important not only for the actual risk of attack but also the perceived risk To be sufficiently prepared a balance must be reached 8211 for security technology and situational awareness This report addresses various key components of biodefense 8211 the threats the costs and the priorities

BIODEFENSE – The Threat, The Cost & The Priority PREVIEW

On 22 April 2013 DomesticPreparedness com hosted an Executive Briefing at The National Press Club in Washington D C Keynote speaker Major General Stephen Reeves USA Ret started the discussion and was followed by subject matter experts 8211 each of whom focused on various key components of biodefense 8211 the

CBRN FUNDING: Going Backwards Is Not Smart

The huge budget problems now facing the nation are on a collision course with the rapidly escalating possibility of new CBRN incidents and events that could devastate entire communities A distinguished former Department of Defense program official puts the dilemma into context and provides several useful guidelines to follow

FINAL REPORT: CBRN – BioSurveillance Programs

Experts are in agreement that an effective biosurveillance program is needed to protect the nation 8217 s health farm animals agriculture and agricultural products of all types and food supply This report provides valuable information for responders receivers planners and managers 8211 and the American people at large

U.S. National Security: Does the Industrial Base Still Matter

Well there is really only one buyer 8211 the U S government And the executive and legislative branches of that government are under extreme pressure to 8220 cut the budget 8221 as much and as quickly as possible The only problem is that this year 8217 s easy choices may

FINAL REPORT: The Chemical Threat & The State of Chemical Preparedness

The DP40 and DomPrep readers where asked to voice their opinions on how prepared the United States is for a chemical attack and what it might mean for local emergency managers if a chemical warfare agent or TIC TIM toxic industrial chemical toxic industrial material event occurred

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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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