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Hospital Resilience – Operational Perspectives From COVID-19

The concept of hospital resilience has changed in light of COVID 19 Despite planning and training for unexpected worst cast scenarios one key assumption was not consistent with this pandemic response that not everyone would be affected This webcast discusses the gaps challenges and opportunities related to this ongoing response

Hospital Resilience, Operational Perspectives From COVID-19

The concept of hospital resilience has changed in light of COVID 19 Despite planning and training for unexpected worst cast scenarios one key assumption was not consistent with this pandemic response that not everyone would be affected worldwide The traditional essential employees changed which left some gaps in filling the

Biodefense: Eliminating the Threat

8220 Success 8221 in the interdiction and prevention modes of biodefense depends primarily on the assets and efforts of the intelligence and military communities but in the response recovery and deterrence modes rests largely in the domain of the emergency management community Effective performance in all modes ultimately can lead

Countermeasures to Cope With Radioactive Exposure

The threat posed by an intentional manmade explosion from a radiation dispersal device a nuclear detonation or an accidental failure of a nuclear power plant persists Recent events have brought these threats into focus over the past couple years e g the Iranian plans for nuclear development and the earthquake

Event Management: Visibility in the Fog of Response

Part 4 of Dr Vanderwagen 8217 s groundbreaking five part series on the numerous 8211 and extremely difficult 8211 challenges involved in implementing the U S National Health Security Strategy This white paper addresses challenges related to event management and 8220 seeing through the fog 8221 during the intense phase

Implementing the National Health Security Strategy

Question 1 Is the United States prepared to cope with new terrorist attacks in which CBRNE weapons are used to destroy the nation 8217 s critical infrastructure and kill thousands of U S citizens at the same time Answer Not yet but policy guidelines have been established and the long

FINAL REPORT: Mass-Casualty Preparedness & Response

The DP40 and DomPrep readers assess their opinions on whether or not the United States hospitals are prepared to deal with the aftermath of a mass casualty incident

Rear Admiral W. Craig Vanderwagen, M.D., Deputy Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response and Chief Preparedness Officer, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

Domestic Preparedness met with Rear Admiral W Craig Vanderwagen M D Deputy Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response and Chief Preparedness Officer U S Department of Health and Human Services HHS The HHS Deputy Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response and Chief Preparedness Officer HHS Secretary Michael Leavitt s principal

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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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