A Letter to Domestic Preparedness Readers

A senior FEMA official discusses her personal experiences during the 17 October 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake in California and how it helped her realize that effective response-and-recovery operations require not only the efforts of the “official” federal, state, and local agencies involved but also the cooperation of thousands of individual citizens.

GIS Use During San Diego's Wildfires

In recent years, wildfires have become a perennial threat to northern and southern parts of California.  In 2003 and 2007, San Diego County and surrounding areas experienced their worst fires

'Train As You Will Respond': CDP Hits Half Million Milestone

FEMA’s Center for Domestic Preparedness has become a world-class model for all-hazards training in a steadily increasing and widely heralded number of courses covering the entire spectrum of the new and still emerging threats in the Brave New World of the 21st century.

Discovery Channel TV Series: The Colony - Week Ten

The ambitious, entertaining, and stunningly innovative series ends with the volunteers’ “Exodus” – “Escape” would be an equally accurate description – to a new and seemingly better world 150 miles or so south, a bit further inland, and apparently blessed with a greater abundance of the resources needed for human survival.

Agricultural Incidents and Effective Multi-Agency Coordination

An attack on U.S. cities could topple skyscrapers, destroy seaports, and block highways, tunnels, and bridges. Those are all local effects. An attack on the nation’s food supply could sicken the entire nation, so coordinating a response and recovery operation require a different approach.

CARD's Incident Command System for Community Responders

Introduction to an innovative PowerPoint presentation on the how-to fundamentals of developing a united approach for a broad spectrum of agencies pooling their resources to deal with community emergencies faster and more effectively.

Discovery Channel TV Series: The Colony - Week Nine

The Colonists fight, then reunite, but recognize that their chances of long-term survival diminish almost visibly with each passing week. They have done well – exceptionally well, under the circumstances – but know that a brighter tomorrow is many miles away. Can they make it?

California Focuses on Mass-Fatality Management Planning

Two fairly recent natural disasters have produced clarion calls for greater emphasis on planning, training, exercising, and funding for the management of mass-fatality incidents and events. The 24 December 2005

Public Health, EMS, Emergency Management: Partners in Preparedness

The brave new world of the 21st century has added weapons of mass destruction to the already long list of dangers facing individual citizens, political jurisdictions & humanity in general. The new keys to survival are not good weather and good luck, but cooperation and collaboration at all levels of government to provide for the common safety.

Discovery Channel TV Series: The Colony - Week Eight

The survivors gain an additional member, and encounter not one but several additional problems. Tempers flare, supplies dwindle – but human genius provides a spark of mobile optimism. What are the lessons learned that future generations can use to develop and implement their own survival plans?
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