Reports

Reviewing the Department of Homeland Security’s Intelligence Enterprise: Fighting Terrorism by Addressing Key Gaps

After nearly a year of intense work, House Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul (R-Texas) released a comprehensive review of the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) use of intelligence to counter terrorist threats. The report provides an in-depth analysis of DHS’ intelligence structure and functions, offering more than 30 recommendations with regard to streamlining and enhancing DHS intelligence efforts. 

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The 2014-2015 Ebola Outbreak: Lessons for Response to a Deliberate Event

The Ebola outbreak revealed weaknesses in global health and humanitarian responses that must be fixed. This report details an investigation conducted by the United States to determine how the response from intergovernmental organizations and nongovernmental organizations may change, or even cease, if an Ebola outbreak is determined to be intentional.

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Critical Health and Safety Issues in the Volunteer Fire Service

The U.S. Fire Administration and National Volunteer Fire Council have partnered to re-evaluate known issues, discover new or emerging concerns, and provide tools and resources to overcome health and safety concerns plaguing the volunteer fire service. This report identifies resources, provides references, suggests tools, illustrates best practices, and establishes goals and objectives to improve firefighter safety, well being, and survival. 

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Radiation Portal Monitors: DHS's Fleet Is Lasting Longer Than Expected, and Future Acquisitions Focus on Operational Efficiencies

The U.S. Government Accountability Office was asked to report on the sustainability of the radiation portal monitors (RPM) fleet. This report provides information on: (a) Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) assessment of the condition of its RPM fleet and how, if at all, that assessment has changed over time; and (b) DHS’s plans for meeting detection requirements in the future.

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Hazardous Materials Rail Shipments: A Review of Emergency Response Information in Selected Train Documents

This report examines: (a) what emergency response information is carried on trains by selected railroads transporting hazardous materials and how responders use it; and (b) how selected railroads’ supplemental emergency response information compares to information in the Department of Transportation’s Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG).

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HAZARDOUS MATERIALS RAIL SHIPMENTS: Emergency Responders Receive Support, but DOT Could Improve Oversight of Information Sharing

This report examines: (a) the factors selected local emergency planners report affect preparedness; (b) the actions selected railroads have taken to support preparedness; and (c) the actions DOT has taken to support emergency planners.

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White Paper: The New Normal in Emergency Management

On 14 September 2016, a half-day workshop was conducted at The International Emergency Management Society (TIEMS) Conference. The topic of that workshop was “The New Normal in Emergency Management.” An expert panel included representatives from the Department of Homeland Security, the United States Coast Guard, the United States Customs and Border Control, San Diego Harbor Police, plus community and business professionals. This white paper summarizes the proceedings and presents the panelists’ view on the topic of the “new normal” and how it relates to their daily operations.

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Decontamination of Subway Railcar and Related Materials Contaminated With Bacillus Anthracis Spores Via the Fogging of Peracetic Acid and Aqueous Hydrogen Peroxide

In the event of a biological incident in a transportation hub such as a subway system, effective remediation of railcars, subway tunnels and stations will require the use of various decontamination approaches. The study described in this report builds on previous fogging decontamination research, but with a focus on decontaminating subway railcars and related materials.

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Food Safety and Inspection Service: Strategic Plan 2017-2021

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) 2017-2021 Strategic Plan builds on prior successes and reflects emerging issues that FSIS faces in ensuring that the food products they regulate are safe to eat. In addition to establishing a clear foundation for long-range and day-to-day operations, the plan positions FSIS to anticipate future needs and challenges. 

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How to Steward Medical Countermeasures and Public Trust in an Emergency: A Communication Casebook for FDA and It's Public Health Partners

The purpose of this casebook is to provide U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and other officials who deliver public health information with real-world inspired opportunities for reflective learning on the principles of effective medical countermeasures communication and on the wider contexts that influence the development, delivery, and consumption of accurate, timely, and meaningful MCM information in an emergency.

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