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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“Management of dead bodies after disasters: A field manual for first responders” provides practical, easy-to-follow guidelines to ensure proper and dignified management of dead bodies after disasters. This second edition reflects scientific and technical developments in the field of mass fatality management, and lessons learned from the use of the manual.
Concerned over the current lack of guidance for access and functional needs considerations associated with an active shooter attack, the California Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) brought together a group of representatives from law enforcement, the California State Council on Developmental Disabilities, emergency managers, the California Specialized Training Institute, and other disability stakeholders to update its Active Shooter Awareness Guidance.