Commentary

The Creation of a Home Guard for Domestic Preparedness

by Lawrence J. Korb and Ian Moss -

At a time when defense of the U.S. homeland is a major concern, the National Guard is playing a much-increased role in U.S. operations overseas. The best way to fill the capabilities gap is to establish a non-deployable Home Guard under the Department.

The Gateway Key to Synergistic Communications

by Stephen Macke -

Thanks to mutual-aid compacts between neighboring political jurisdictions, first-responder cooperation at mass-casualty incidents is often a multi-agency effort. But before the agencies can work together they must first be able to speak the same language.

PPE: Defining the Terms, Resolving the Ambiguities

by Dennis Jones -

Is it something a first-responder wears for personal protection? Is it some special equipment he or she is using? A combination of both? Can it be used to save the lives of victims as well? Yes, sometimes, sometimes, and yes but not always.

Thomas J. Lockwood, Senior Advisor, DHS Office of Screening Coordination

by John Morton -

How does the department manage, and reconcile, the complex and politically difficult task of identification security with privacy needs, site-access requirements, and the National Incident Management System process?

Moulage Casts Reality With Mock Injuries

by Shannon Arledge -

An ancient & honorable Renaissance word is put to good use at FEMA's Center for Domestic Preparedness, where moulage artists replicate broken arms, cuts, bruises, & other injuries to make first-responder training more realistic and more effective.

Election-Year Realities, and the Promise of Change

by James D. Hessman -

The 2008 presidential election year could be the most important in U.S. history. All of the major candidates are promising "change" - but are usually short on specifics. An important point to remember is that not all change is for the better.

Spores: The Threat of a Catastrophic Attack on America

by Neil C. Livingstone -

The first anthrax terrorist attack on the United States was relatively minor. Now a second attack, exponentially more lethal, is almost certain. When, not if, it happens, the decision makers in Congress & the White House will have only themselves to blame

The Mid-Atlantic All-Hazards Forum - Hugely Successful

by James D. Hessman -

Those who attended the regional conference in Baltimore earlier this month found it eminently worthwhile and developed a long list of solutions to current problems - and an even longer list of new dangers and difficulties lurking just over the horizon.

Damage and Debris - The Difficult Decisions Involved

by Kirby McCrary -

When an earthquake, tornado, or hurricane causes horrendous property damage, the "cleanup crew" (a veritable army of debris-removal workers) faces a number of major challenges, not the least of which is documenting the amount of work done.

The 2006 All-Hazards Report: Yesterday's Warnings to Meet Today's Disasters

by John Morton -

The states of the Mid-Atlantic region provide a helpful all-hazards primer that their sister states throughout the rest of the country should read and heed. Eight new "pillars of wisdom" are discussed in meaningful detail, and numerous lessons learned.