Keeping It Simple – And the Need for Pre-Planning

Question: How does an all-electric racing car work? Answer: By pushing the “start” button. One of the biggest problems in the field of domestic preparedness, it says here, is the misguided instructional emphasis on theory and complex technology rather than maintaining a laser-beamed focus on practical training, the explanation of fundamentals, and drills, exercises, and more training. Then practice, practice, and more practice.

Hazard Mitigation: Today’s Needs & Recommendations

In the United States today, losses caused by natural disasters and the frequency of such events are both on the rise. Moreover, because state and federal budgets are still declining, the nation’s emergency management community is constantly challenged to do more with less, while still continuing to improve disaster resilience capabilities. A recent high-level panel discussion in the nation’s capital developed recommendations for immediate and continuing improvement.

Local Public Health’s Role in Large-Scale Chemical Incidents

Public health departments play, or have the ability to play, a key role in large-scale incidents caused by hazardous materials. By clearly defining their roles and collaborating with local partners, health departments have the ability to help emergency planners and responders prevent, mitigate, plan for, and respond to chemical hazards and incidents.

Lessons Learned From an ‘Almost’ Evacuation

In December 2014, an unknown patient zero visited Disneyland in California. Whether that person knew that he or she was carrying a highly contagious infectious disease is not as important as the speed in which the disease spread and the reason behind it. There is a correlation between the resurgence of measles and vaccination practices in modern families.

Emerging Threats to Rail Infrastructure: Part I, Freight

Tanks with gas being transported by rail at sunsetThere is a desire for some bad actors to target rail systems, especially the hazardous materials freight rail network. This threat underscores the need for the rail transportation industry to maintain and strengthen partnerships with federal, state, and local authorities.

May 2023

Featured in this issue: Editor Note:25 Years of Insights for Safer Communities by Catherine L. Feinman; Labor Trafficking – The Case Study of Marco by Richard Schoeberl, Anthony Mottola, & […]

CBRN Response Capabilities and Identified Gaps

  Chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) response has always been a challenge in identifying and quantifying a broad spectrum of organic and synthesized compounds that were once limited to […]

Making Planning Documents More Than Words on Paper

President Harry S. Truman once said, “I believe in plans big enough to meet a situation which we can’t possibly foresee now.” However, terms like big and comprehensive do not always equate […]

Defining Workplace Violence

Workplace violence often starts with a person(s) involved in a criminal activity or violent relationship who has access to a place of business. Despite intervention efforts, a disgruntled employee who […]
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