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FEMA’s New Planning Doctrine

Two new guidance documents further integrate emergency management planning efforts at the regional and national levels. The Federal Emergency Management Agency sets the stage for integrated planning and builds a coherent planning system by integrating the Threat and Hazard identification and Risk Assessment and providing valuable resources for national preparedness

National Preparedness: Challenges, Definitions & Jurisdictions

Implementing the guidance provided by Presidential Directive 8 can lead to organizational and procedural challenges – while also working toward greater national preparedness. The first step in implementation is to identify threats and hazards and define the risk as it pertains to a particular jurisdiction. The next step is to

Equipment Standardization – A New-Old Approach

The so-called “standardization” of equipment is intended to lower costs, simplify procurement decisions, and also improve training and operational capabilities – theoretically, at least. When the standards previously approved are not followed, though, or are simply ignored, new and complex difficulties follow in short order. When those difficulties complicate CBRNE

IT Preparedness: At Long Last, a Major DHS Priority

In today’s complex world, information technology (IT) systems serve as both the intellectual libraries and operational brains of virtually all components of the vital infrastructures of businesses, utilities, and the organizations and agencies of all levels of government. For this reason, among others, the maintenance, protection, and preservation of IT

The Three Ts of Terrorism – Finding the Facts in the News

The Target hit, the Tactics used, and the Technology involved – all provide a wealth of information that can be used by everyday citizens to find out the “real facts” behind a terrorist incident and/or other mass-casualty event. Also not to be ignored is the telling clue, noticed only by

Pre-Disaster Recovery Planning: A New Focus on Deficiencies

Earlier this month – more specifically, on 11 September – the United States observed the ninth anniversary of the most devastating terrorist attack in the nation’s history; the occasion was marked by considerable political and media commentary and academic discussions on the ability – but in some major areas of

The Need for Situational Awareness in a CBRNE Attack

The handling of mass-casualty incidents involving chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and/or explosive materials requires special training and purpose-built systems and equipment, but the greatest need on-site is continuing awareness by emergency responders of the horrendous threat they, and the innocent victims they are helping, are facing.

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Article Out Loud – Five Key Domains of Incident Management

  Full article by Aaron Clark-Ginsberg, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, July 10, 2024. In this feature article, a behavioral social scientist lists five key domains that can help incident management teams assess and improve their effectiveness. Effective incident management is a set of activities, not simply boxes

Article Out Loud – Jane Doe – Responding to Vulnerable Patients

  Full article by Catherine L. Feinman, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, June 26, 2024. In this feature article, the editor of Domestic Preparedness shares the real-life story of a medical crew who responded to a call that left a lasting impression. Despite the prevalence of first responders

Article Out Loud – Invisible Chains: Human Trafficking, Drug Abuse, and Support

  Full article by Sandra Dennis-Essig, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, June 19, 2024. In this feature article, an emergency manager collaborated with the New Jersey Coalition Against Human Trafficking as an advocate, speaker, and survivor to share trauma-informed care and advocacy that first responders, legislators, and others

Article Out Loud – Fentanyl Hazards and Detection

  Full article by Ashley Bradley and Kristin Omberg, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, June 12, 2024. In this feature article, a biomedical scientist and a senior technical advisor share new ways scientists at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory are expanding detection strategies and technologies to keep responders safe. The

Article Out Loud – A Modern Take on an Age-Old Biological Weapon

  Full article by Raphael M. Barishansky, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, June 12, 2024. In this feature article, a public health leader shares his perspective on the recent reports of North Korea launching balloons filled with fecal matter and propaganda into South Korea. Could similar tactics be

Article Out Loud – The Nexus Between Drug and Human Trafficking

  Full article by Richard Schoeberl, Jeff Bolettieri, and Bill Loucks, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, June 5, 2024. In this feature article, three professionals with extensive law enforcement experience describe how transnational criminal organizations are using their experience in drug trafficking to utilize routes and operating procedures

Article Out Loud – A Plan to Protect the Youngest Children

  Full article by Marie O’Connell, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, June 5, 2024. In this feature article, the executive director of a non-profit organization serving children and educators describes a safety program in Florida that is free to schools. Most educational and training programs for protecting schools

Article Out Loud – A Critical Imperative for Natural Hazards

  Full article by Sandra Dennis-Essig, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, May 29, 2024. In this feature article, an emergency management professional describes how communities can take a comprehensive preparedness approach to mitigate the potentially devastating effects of natural hazards by integrating the intricate interrelations of physical, social,

Article Out Loud – Key Bridge Collapse: Unity of Effort

  Full article by Michael Prasad, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, May 22, 2024. In this feature article, a Certified Emergency Manager and senior research analyst provides an update on the unity of effort involved in the Francis Scott Key Bridge collapse effort in Baltimore, Maryland. Together, many

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