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Lest We Forget

Lest We Forget! The nation continues to confront questions presented by the 9/11 Commission Report. The report’s preface states, “September 11, 2001, was a day of unprecedented shock and suffering in the history of the United States. The nation was unprepared. How did this happen, and how can we avoid such

Publisher’s Message: Costs vs. Benefits

Over the past 20 plus years I have been perplexed and bewildered why leaders both in government and industry have not taken preparedness seriously A while ago it was explained to me It all comes down to cost benefit analysis Leaders love to present bright shiny new things to their

Publisher’s Message: A New Approach Needed For A New Dynamic

DomesticPreparedness condemns the lawlessness that descended on the U S Capitol on January 6th The inciteful rhetoric and behavior resulting in the criminal breech of the U S Capitol and personal assaults which lead to the death of U S Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick and others are inexcusable These

Acceptable Loss in a Pandemic-Editor’s Note

Dear DomPrep Readers,Since day one on 11 November 1998, DomPrep has been and continues to be a publication for preparedness and resilience professionals with operational and strategic responsibilities. Since then, we have published many beneficial articles on pandemics, terrorism, natural disasters, chemical weapons, improvised explosive devices (IEDs), active shooter(s), opioids,

Report – Poll and Comment: What role should federal agencies have in a disaster?

Memo to DomPrep readers:On December 31, 2019, I published another end-of-the year message. This one was different. I worry that many federal agencies created to prepare and respond to man-made and natural disasters have returned to pre-9/11 status. Too many important positions are filled by acting personnel or are vacant.

Publisher End Of Year Message 2019

On behalf of the staff and many writers of DomPrep I wish you a safe healthy and secure 2020 We are about to finish our 21st year of publishing information for first responders medical receivers emergency managers local state federal authorities

Just Another Day in the Office for the United States Coast Guard

DomPrep s Publisher Martin Marty Masiuk recently conducted a podcast interview with DomPrep Advisor CDR Joseph J Leonard Jr USCG ret to hear his reaction on this extraordinary drug seizure Joe then elaborates on the many missions that the Coast Guard conduct every day

Just Another Day in the Office for the United States Coast Guard

Watching the video of crew members from the U S Coast Guard USCG Cutter Munro board and interdict a self propelled semi submersible drug smuggling vessel on 18 June 2019 is exciting Their actions were heroic and highly productive Because of that bravery 39 000 pounds of cocaine and 933

Hybrid Warfare – Impact on Preparedness & Resilience

During the first two decades of the 21st century the nation s security and defense focus was primarily on terrorism by non state actors and lone wolves During that same period advances in digital and information technology were rapidly adopted by government and industry Often technology s implementation was quick

September – A Busy Month of Preparedness

September always seems to be a very busy month, not just because it is preparedness month but also considering the large number of meetings, conferences, contract/budget/procurement cycles, and so on. This is true for Team DomPrep too. Two important events happened last week that need to be shared with the readership.

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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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