The COVID-19 pandemic has raised many discussions on the topic of acceptable losses. For community decision makers, this is a difficult yet necessary issue to consider before making decisions that may have life-threatening consequences. Spurred by two articles and followed up with a nationwide survey and report, this podcast was presented at the National Homeland Security Association’s virtual conference in July and is now available as a rebroadcast of commentary by leading healthcare experts.

Carmit Rapaport

Carmit Rapaport, Ph.D., Academic coordinator of the MA programs in Disaster Management and Fire Studies at the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies at the University of Haifa, Israel, Dr. Rapaport is also the director of the Institute for Regulation of Emergency and Disaster at the College of Law and Business in Israel. Recently, she was appointed as the academic advisor and head of the evaluation unit at Israel's National Center for Resilience. Her fields of interests are population behavior during emergencies and disasters, crisis leadership, adaptive behavior, and business continuity. She has received research grants from the Ministry of Science and Technology, Ministry of Tourism, and Ministry of Defense among others. She participated as a senior researcher the EU FP7 BEMOSA project.

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Robert C. Hutchinson

Robert C. Hutchinson, a long-time contributor to Domestic Preparedness, is a director at Black Swans Consulting LLC. Before joining the private sector, he was the chief of police for the Broward County Public School, Special Investigative Unit. He retired after over 28 years as a federal agent with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Department of the Treasury. His positions included deputy director, assistant director, deputy special agent in charge, assistant special agent in charge, supervisory special agent, and special agent at offices in Florida, Washington DC (HQ), Maryland, and Texas.  He was the deputy director of his agency’s national emergency preparedness division and assistant director for its national firearms and tactical training division. His over 40 publications and many domestic and international presentations address the important need for cooperation, coordination, and collaboration between public health, emergency management, and law enforcement, especially in pandemic preparedness. He received his graduate degrees at the University of Delaware in public administration and Naval Postgraduate School in homeland security studies.

Galen Adams

Galen Adams, MD, Retired emergency medicine physician and Canadian Forces (Forces arm’ees Canadienne) veteran, Dr. Adams has served as a consultant to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police as well as the Canadian Forces Medical Services in the areas of civilian response to terrorism and disasters. He currently resides in Dodge City, Kansas. "Dr. Adams" is a nom de plume for a very well respected physician who is both known to DomPrep and is unable to affix actual byline to the article.

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