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Fentanyl Hazards and Detection

The deadly opioid epidemic in the United States does not stop at overdoses It also poses life threatening exposure to first responders who arrive on scene Learn about the new ways scientists at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory are expanding detection strategies and technologies to keep these responders safe
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A Modern Take on an Age-Old Biological Weapon

Reports about North Korea launching balloons filled with fecal matter and propaganda into South Korean territory were intriguing However this incident raises public health concerns and the question of whether fecal matter could be utilized in modern times as an effective biological weapon
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The Nexus Between Drug and Human Trafficking

Transnational criminal organizations are using their experience in drug trafficking to utilize routes and operating procedures to take advantage of other criminal opportunities such as human trafficking
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A Plan to Protect the Youngest Children

Most educational and training programs for protecting schools against targeted violence drugs and human trafficking do not include the youngest students preschoolers However one program in Florida that is free to the schools is an example of how other states can close this preparedness gap
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Mitigate the Impacts When Communities and Nature Collide

Emergency 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
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A Critical Imperative for Natural Hazards

As 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
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Key Bridge Collapse: Unity of Effort

As 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
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The Psychology of Crisis

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

For 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
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Shielding Communities: Public Health Strategies for Natural Hazards

Public health risks are common concerns when natural hazards occur However history shows that the increasing frequency of events and growing population sizes have been increasing the scale of events and the needs of affected populations To mitigate complex public health challenges personnel across disciplines must plan coordinate and develop

Fentanyl Hazards and Detection

The deadly opioid epidemic in the United States does not stop at overdoses It also poses life threatening exposure to first responders who arrive on scene Learn about the new ways scientists at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory are expanding detection strategies and technologies to keep these responders safe

A Modern Take on an Age-Old Biological Weapon

Reports about North Korea launching balloons filled with fecal matter and propaganda into South Korean territory were intriguing However this incident raises public health concerns and the question of whether fecal matter could be utilized in modern times as an effective biological weapon

The Nexus Between Drug and Human Trafficking

Transnational criminal organizations are using their experience in drug trafficking to utilize routes and operating procedures to take advantage of other criminal opportunities such as human trafficking

A Plan to Protect the Youngest Children

Most educational and training programs for protecting schools against targeted violence drugs and human trafficking do not include the youngest students preschoolers However one program in Florida that is free to the schools is an example of how other states can close this preparedness gap

Mitigate the Impacts When Communities and Nature Collide

Emergency 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

As 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

Key Bridge Collapse: Unity of Effort

As 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

The Psychology of Crisis

The 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

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

For 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

Shielding Communities: Public Health Strategies for Natural Hazards

Public health risks are common concerns when natural hazards occur However history shows that the increasing frequency of events and growing population sizes have been increasing the scale of events and the needs of affected populations To mitigate complex public health challenges personnel across disciplines must plan coordinate and develop

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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

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 the psychological side of disasters and other impactful events as a critical component of crisis management. Many people still do

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

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