June 2023

Featured in this issue: Editor Note: Getting Ready for the Next Emergency by Catherine L. Feinman; Unleashing the Power of Amateur Radio in Times of Emergency by Scott Roberts and Desiree Baccus; You’re the Leader. Now What? by Domestic Preparedness; Service Animal Awareness in Disaster Response by Melissa Resnick; Swatting: Combatting a Lethal and Expensive Prank by Dan Scherr & Tanya Scherr; Are Public Health Agencies Ready, or Just Prepared? by Raphael M. Barishansky; Food and Agriculture Sector Perspectives by Aurelia Berisha, Isaac Dietrich, Ben Dinsmore, Bert Cramer, & Heather Allen.

Getting Ready for the Next Emergency

During an emergency, it is common for communities – comprising private citizens to large agencies – to come to the aid of others. It is imperative to be prepared now because emergencies will not wait for us to get ready.

Are Public Health Agencies Ready, or Just Prepared?

Is it time to retire the term public health preparedness and replace it with public health readiness? When building emergency planning efforts and response capabilities, jurisdictions and local health entities must reconfigure existing plans with the readiness factor in mind.

Unleashing the Power of Amateur Radio in Times of Emergency

Amateur radio operators are skilled communicators who serve as a lifeline during emergencies by relaying essential information, coordinating resources, and providing situational updates. On June 24-25, 2023, they will participate in the annual nationwide AARL Field Day event.

Swatting: Combatting a Lethal and Expensive Prank

May 3, 2023, saw a rash of hoax calls claiming to report active shooters in schools across Tennessee. While the calls initially affected the Middle Tennessee area, the issue quickly moved to additional areas within the state, affecting at least 16 schools on the same day. Local, state, and federal employees, including the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, continue to work together to locate the source of the coordinated attacks.

You’re the Leader. Now What?

  The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reported that, as of May 8, the United States had experienced seven confirmed $1-billion weather/climate-related disasters in 2023. Three more storms that

Food and Agriculture Sector Perspectives

  The U.S. Food and Agriculture (FA) Sector is composed of complex production, processing, and delivery systems that can feed people and animals both within and beyond the boundaries of

Service Animal Awareness in Disaster Response

  Although they are companions to their human partners, service animals are not pets. Instead, they are trained to perform specific daily tasks, which are often still required when responders
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