Honoring Fallen Heroes: Special Security Requirements

In 2011, the City of Virginia Beach hosted a day of special ceremonies honoring members of a Navy SEAL Team who had been killed in action during a high-risk operation in Afghanistan. The short-notice decision to salute these fallen heroes was fraught with numerous potential difficulties – but the City, with the help of numerous other agencies, overcame the potential obstacles and set a new standard for special event planning.

Laboratory Pandemic Preparedness: Maintaining a Warm Base

Whether deciding to close local schools or to change treatment and testing guidelines at a national level, public health decisions for influenza pandemics are dependent on laboratory results. By developing assays, holding training sessions, developing and utilizing laboratory capacity models, building intra-state communication systems, and introducing other initiatives, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) are helping to build and maintain a “warm base” for effective laboratory response.

FINAL REPORT: First Responder Hazmat/CBRN Training

This report focuses on first responder training for hazmat and CBRN (chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear) incidents. Even in an environment of limited funding, there are solutions that can be explored to coordinate response, train team members, and prepare emergency responders for the next hazmat or CBRN event.

Integrated Capstone Event Expands Training for Responders

Professional athletes focus first on personal training skills, but understand that team training is needed to win games – and championships. The Center for Domestic Preparedness uses that winning philosophy for their “Capstone” events, in which students from many professional disciplines join forces to address realistic scenarios that require their combined as well as individual skills.
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