Preparedness

Virtual Exercises - A Cost-Effective Option

by Dawn Thomas -

Some exercises require a hands-on environment, whereas others can thrive in a virtual training space. FUSION X is one federally sponsored exercise that has evolved from a tabletop event at a single location to a virtual training for participants, who require flexibility and cost-effectiveness, at various locations throughout the United States.

Running to the Police, Not Away From Them

by Rodrigo (Roddy) Moscoso -

Building sustainable communities is a long-term effort that includes reestablishing positive relationships between police departments and the communities they serve. Repairing these damaged relationships means changing the visual perception, improving communication, providing education, and building awareness for the community members.

Role of Local Government in Counter-Radicalization

by Romeo B. Lavarias -

The war against terror cannot be won solely on the battlefield, but instead must be fought with a counter-radicalization strategy. Implemented at the local level (i.e., mayor's, sheriff's, and/or governor's offices), with the coordinated effort of federal, state, and local organizations, this strategy could address and counter the critical factors that make people susceptible to the terrorist message.

Setting & Maintaining Realistic Recovery Expectations

by Stephen Grainer -

There are many challenges as well as numerous nuances associated with disaster recovery operations that must be addressed by all levels of governmental, nongovernmental, and private sector agencies and organizations in order to ensure ongoing attention to all facets of the recovery effort, effectively building a resilient community.

Correlation Between Land Use Decisions & Recovery Efforts

by Charles Perino -

This research develops a way of answering the question, "Should we continue to build there?" Past catastrophic disasters can help identify the economic, geopolitical, and social factors of each community's recovery following catastrophic disaster. Equipped with a better understanding of these factors, communities can identify and address future recovery challenges before the next catastrophic event.

Having the Right Tools to Shorten Periods of Chaos

by Gordon Hunter -

Disasters often lead to chaos, but how long the chaos lasts depends largely on the actions of the affected communities and whether all local resources are being used effectively. The longer it takes businesses to become fully operational, the longer it takes for the community as a whole to recover.

U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Food Defense and Emergency Coordination Update - New Food Related Emergency Exercise

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is making available a new food related emergency exercise to help public health and other officials understand and coordinate their roles and responsibilities, and prepare for a food-related emergency.

Superheroes in Waiting: Emergent First Responders

by Wayne P. Bergeron -

Although they may not want to be called "heroes," military members and veterans can fill a critical gap in emergency and disaster response. Their unique qualities of training, discipline, leadership, and teamwork make them the perfect emergent responder either as a member of an organized team, or simply by being in the right place at the right time.

Dangerous Suicides

by Stuart K. Cameron -

Although most suicides injure only the suicide victims themselves, others may cause injury to anyone within close proximity. With law enforcement officers typically being the first on the scene of such incidents, they should be aware of the hazards and be able to recognize the signs of potential residual threats.

Apples & Oranges - Understanding Curies & REM in Radiation Sources

by Jeffrey D. Williams -

Hazardous materials personnel are faced with a broad range of chemical, biological, and radiological hazards. However, not all hazards are equal, nor are similar quantities. Responders who encounter radiological materials need to know the relationship of quantity and biological impact of specific materials by first understanding the terminology of measurement units.