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Article Out Loud – The [Evil] Empire Strikes Back: National Security Emergencies

  Full article by Robert J. (Bob) Roller, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, February 7, 2024. In this featured article, a federal emergency planner explains how preparedness strategies have shifted over the years based on the threats that are most likely to affect communities. After the Cold War
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The [Evil] Empire Strikes Back: National Security Emergencies

After the Cold War fears of the 1980s ended attention shifted from nation state threats to terrorism and large scale natural hazards However a federal emergency planner says the return of these threats should prompt a review of the national security emergencies concept to ensure communities are prepared to address

Article Out Loud – A National Plan to Link Response and Recovery

In March 2023 FEMA published the Response and Recovery Federal Interagency Operational Plan Learn about this big step forward for the emergency management community the development and content of this new plan as well as the next steps for key stakeholders
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A National Plan to Link Response and Recovery

In March 2023 FEMA published the Response and Recovery Federal Interagency Operational Plan Learn about this big step forward for the emergency management community the development and content of this new plan as well as the next steps for key stakeholders

PPD-44: Implications for Domestic Incident Management

An essential national incident management guidance document is finally available to responders nationwide This document will significantly improve a unified response to and recovery from large scale incidents However additional work is needed to create an enhanced unity of effort and fully integrated response among federal state and local responders

Article Out Loud – PPD-44: Implications for Domestic Incident Management

An essential national incident management guidance document is finally available to responders nationwide This document will significantly improve a unified response to and recovery from large scale incidents However additional work is needed to create an enhanced unity of effort and fully integrated response among federal state and local responders

The Future of Emergency Management: Managing Scarcity

The increasing frequency and severity of natural disasters coupled with the reemergence of military threats from peer and near peer adversaries overseas will greatly reduce the ability of emergency managers to meet the needs of disaster survivors

Tips & Tricks for Effective Disaster Planning

One of the most critical yet least understood core emergency management capabilities is planning which reduces the chaos present during a disaster However the emergency management community is awash in various planning systems various types of plans and confusing terminology that complicates the work This often causes problems when emergency

A Federal Agency’s Journey to Protect Its Workforce From Infectious Diseases

From a presidential executive order to comprehensive workforce protection the U S Department of Homeland Security s infectious disease protection process is constantly evolving The department s centralized guidance decentralized execution planning paradigm with reliance on a robust lessons learned process ensures an increasingly resilient workforce against biological threats and

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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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