May 2024

Featured in this issue: Editor’s Note: Mitigate the Impacts When Communities and Nature Collide by Catherine L. Feinman; Navigating the Seismic Dance: Preparedness in the Ring of Fire By Alicia Johnson; Shielding Communities: Public Health Strategies for Natural Hazards By Raphael M. Barishansky and Andrew D. Pickett; A Critical Imperative for Natural Hazards By Sandra Dennis-Essig; Elegant Community Preparation By Aaron Titus; The Psychology of Crisis By Mary Schoenfeldt; Key Bridge Collapse: Unity of Effort By Michael Prasad.; National Security: A Range of Threats By Anthony Mottola and Richard Schoeberl.; and Resilience-Based CI and Domestic Preparedness: A Long-Overdue Imperative By Jeff Gaynor

Mitigate the Impacts When Communities and Nature Collide

wildfire in woods with smokeEmergency preparedness professionals plan for and try to mitigate natural hazard events, but nature is unpredictable. In this May edition of the Domestic Preparedness Journal, experts discuss past hazards and steps communities can take to mitigate their effects.

A Critical Imperative for Natural Hazards

truck on road with wildfire behind smokeAs the number and size of natural hazards increase across the globe, communities can take a comprehensive preparedness approach to mitigate their potentially devastating effects. By integrating the intricate interrelations of physical, social, economic, and environmental factors, communities can better withstand, adapt to, and recover from the shocks and stresses imposed by such events.

Key Bridge Collapse: Unity of Effort

Man in U.S. Coast Guard jacket looks over the water at a cargo ship and bridge that collapsed into the water next to itAs the response to the Francis Scott Key Bridge collapse continues in Baltimore, Maryland, the unity of effort among the many agencies and organizations involved has facilitated the progress. Together, they have been addressing the priorities of life safety, incident stabilization, property and asset protection, environmental and economic restoration, and recovery.

The Psychology of Crisis

Green typewriter with white paper with only the word "Crisis" on itThe psychological side of a disaster or other impactful event is a critical component of crisis management. However, many people still do not fully understand the predictable phases and patterns that could help them take the appropriate steps or actions to move through the crisis and mitigate its impact. Understanding the psychology involved makes a crisis much more manageable.

Article Out Loud – The Psychology of Crisis

  Full article by Mary Schoenfeldt, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, May 22, 2024. In this feature article, the board president of Green Cross Academy of Traumatology describes […]

Resilience-Based CI and Domestic Preparedness: A Long-Overdue Imperative

Honeycomb graphic with images of the critical infrastructure sectorsFor decades, preparedness leaders have known and publicly warned about the rapidly growing and metastasizing threats to and exploitable vulnerabilities of U.S. critical infrastructure (CI). Ongoing iterations of the 1990s-era CI status quo (i.e., cybersecurity- and protection-focused efforts) have proven no match for the existing, much less looming, threats to and often self-inflicted vulnerabilities of the country’s cyber-reliant CI and domestic preparedness.
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