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Dispensing a Higher Health Care Role to Pharmacists

U S doctors nurses and other health care professionals are the best in the world 8211 also among the most overworked Fortunately a greater share of the workload can be assumed by another highly trained 038 well educated group of medical professionals the nation 8217 s pharmacists 8211 who also

The Complex Biology of Chemical Threats

Chemicals are chemicals and biologicals are biologicals but there are some substances 8211 particularly useful in terrorist attacks 8211 that are a little bit of both Here is a short list of some but by no means all of these potentially lethal substances now receiving greater attention not only from

U.S. Vaccine Development: Expediting the Process

Influenza and many other diseases spread with the speed of summer lightning The 8220 cure 8221 for these frequently fatal viruses moves at a much slower pace 8211 largely because the testing and validation processes take so long Fortunately there are new approaches coming into play to expedite those processes

Update on Private Sector Preparedness (PS-Prep) Standards

The 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks against the WTC Towers 038 the Pentagon theoretically 8220 galvanized the nation 8221 8211 but it still took roughly three years before the 9 11 Commission recommended the development and promulgation of 8220 private sector preparedness standards 8221 Another six years have passed and

Pandemics Are In The Air

Lightning strikes are sudden and spectacular highly visible and extremely violent Not to mention lethal Bacteria and viruses are just the opposite 8211 totally invisible in fact But they kill many more people in every country in the world year after year than lightning does It may be helpful to

Common Standards for CBRN PPE – An International Code

Today 8217 s well dressed emergency responder may not be featured in many fashion magazines and or on TV commercials but the personal protective equipment he or she is wearing is not only functional but also usually a very tight fit An accessory bonus It might also save his or

Biopreparedness and the Hydra of Bioterrorism

Science is wonderful Except when it is not One of the almost inevitable problems facing researchers in the biological sciences is how to ensure that their discoveries are used to benefit mankind Unfortunately achieving that enviable goal may be a true Mission Impossible

Telemedicine: Funding Increases & Rapid-Paced Development

It started with extremely low tech audio communications and in recent years telemedicine technology has spawned a spectrum of much more advanced systems and devices that are of literally life or death importance to many citizens in distress But the paperwork 8211 specifically including development and performance standards 8211 has

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Article Out Loud – Elegant Community Preparation

  Full article by Aaron Titus, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, May 8, 2024. In this feature article, the executive director for Crisis Cleanup shares how elegant community preparation offers a process that simplifies disaster planning efforts for community members. Communities need to prepare together and focus on

Article Out Loud – Navigating the Seismic Dance: Preparedness in the Ring of Fire

  Full article by Alicia Johnson, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, May 8, 2024. In this feature article, an emergency manager with extensive experience in risk communications and public affairs informs readers about the multifaceted nature of earthquake risks and delineates the indispensable role organizations play in mitigating

Article Out Loud – National Security: A Range of Threats

  Full article by Anthony Mottola and Richard Schoeberl, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, May 1, 2024. In this feature article, two law enforcement and counterterrorism experts discuss the growing threats from organized foreign terrorist groups to homegrown terrorists inspired by them. Members of the intelligence community have

Article Out Loud – Sustaining Those Working in Disasters

  Full article by Jolie Wills, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, April 24, 2024. In this featured article, a cognitive scientist and psychosocial disaster recovery specialist emphasizes the importance of supporting those working in emergency response roles before, during, and after emergencies and disasters. Leaders and their teams

Article Out Loud – Mental Awareness to Enhance Preparedness

  Full article by Andrew (Andy) Altizer, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, April 17, 2024. In this featured article, an emergency manager with military experience points out that emergency managers, public health officials, and first responders often stress the importance of physical fitness, but sometimes neglect mental fitness.

Article Out Loud – Primary Care Investments to Increase Community Resilience

  Full article by Angie Im, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, April 17, 2024. In this featured article, a healthcare research and policy expert describes the importance of community health centers and their impact on community resilience. These medical lifelines for millions of Americans are facing financial and

Article Out Loud – The Missing Plague Vials

  Full article by Robert C. Hutchinson, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, April 17, 2024. In this featured article, an experienced federal agent shares a true story of missing bubonic plague vials, an airport bomb threat, and other suspicious activities that demonstrate continued national and homeland security vulnerabilities

Article Out Loud – The “R” Word

  Full article by George Schwartz, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, April 10, 2024. In this featured article, an associate professor at Immaculata University addresses the challenge of defining resilience and the need to go beyond hazard mitigation. With 2024 being the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s “Year of Resilience,”

Article Out Loud – Dungeons and Disasters: Gamification of Public Health Responses

  Full article by Michael Etzel and Michael Prasad, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, April 10, 2024. In this featured article, two emergency managers describe how advanced technologies are offering new ways to train personnel, exercise public health responses like COVID-19, and prepare response agencies for many other

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