Ensuring Preparedness: The Risk-Management Approach

It has been 10 years since the U.S. government started the first of what are now a large number of domestic-preparedness programs.  In the interim, significant investments have been made

Communicating in a Crisis Is Different

Crises and catastrophes are and will continue to be among the eternal verities of human life. Coping with them successfully requires effective communications – clear, concise, confident, and comforting.

Courtney B. Banks, Vice President, Homeland Security, Raytheon Company

In most fields, basic training is part of the learning process. Fire, law enforcement, the military, and other disciplines have training academies for building competencies and testing new recruits. An exception to these types of requirements is the field of emergency management. This new training academy will ensure that all emergency managers are trained to the same standards regardless how much boots-on-the-ground experience they bring with them.

Personnel Staffing in Times of Disaster

Three modes of operation, two of which might strain the trained EMS personnel resources immediately available but would not overwhelm them. Preparing for the third mode, a sudden mass-casualty scenario, must be done carefully and thoughtfully.

A Long Litany of Difficult Questions - But No Short and Easy Answers

DPJ’s editor in chief comments on several important homeland-defense and national-security issues now in the news, and asks some relevant questions not usually addressed by the national media – and either evaded or ignored by the members of Congress.
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