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Article Out Loud – Uvalde Shooting – A Predictable Surprise

When intentional acts of violence occur people often wonder if the incident was preventable For example after a mass shooting killed 19 students and 2 teachers in Uvalde Texas on May 24 2022 many were questioning the predictability of the gunman s actions and the decision making process of the

Uvalde Shooting – A Predictable Surprise

When intentional acts of violence occur people often wonder if the incident was preventable For example after a mass shooting killed 19 students and 2 teachers in Uvalde Texas on May 24 2022 many were questioning the predictability of the gunman s actions and the decision making process of the

Article Out Loud – Local Heroes Helping Their Fellow Citizens With Disabilities

July marks the 32nd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act ADA This 2013 article describes the challenges that people with disabilities faced after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 The storm left many people without basic resources but less publicized was the fact that a number of citizens suffering from various

An Analysis of Presidential Accretive Power – Part 3

The events that unfolded over the course of 2020 and 2021 challenged emergency managers in ways only previously imagined In the midst of a global pandemic emergency managers worked through the complexities of a global response while delivering core administrative functions and coordinating the response to countless other threats and

An Analysis of Presidential Accretive Power – Part 2

The intersection between populism and progressivism is often contentious and reserved At least that is how it has been for the last century or so To quote Robert Kennedy Democracy is messy and it s hard It s never easy Following the analysis on the founding and history of presidential

An Analysis of Presidential Accretive Power – Part 1

The following analysis is a three part article that will cover a brief history known examples of the exercise of presidential power and illustrative examples of actions that historians believed were controversial This analysis helps unwind the evolution of power in what some believe to be the most powerful leader

The Epitome of Failure – Part 3

At the beginning of a 28 May 2020 court hearing U S District Court Judge William Alsup made the following opening statement If there ever was a corporation that deserved to go to prison it is PG 038 E for the number of people it has killed in California Pacific

The Epitome of Failure – Part 2

The aeolian winds took control of the surrounding environment A death defying vortex formed and along with it a perturbation as inconceivable as the Camp Fire was overwhelming This article continues to chronicle the story of a mega disaster Part 1 described how the Pacific Gas 038 Electric Company PG

The Epitome of Failure – Part 1

At about 6 15 a m on 8 November 2018 an iron hook holding up a 115 000 volt line broke dropping the live wire and sparking a blaze Thirty minutes later what would come to be known as the Camp Fire was out of control Officials ordered the evacuation

The Future of Emergency Preparedness

The National Archives Building in Washington D C has an inscription on the Northeast corner that reads What is past is Prologue This simple but profound advice may easily be the emergency manager s most calming guidance The journey starts right now

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Article Out Loud – The Psychology of Crisis

  Full article by Mary Schoenfeldt, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, May 22, 2024. In this feature article, the board president of Green Cross Academy of Traumatology describes the psychological side of disasters and other impactful events as a critical component of crisis management. Many people still do

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

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