Commentary

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.

Friends and Neighbors, Duties and Responsibilities

by MaryAnn Warren -

A timely first-person report from Susquehanna County (Pa.) on the unforeseen (and to some extent unforeseeable) difficulties in coping, personally as well as professionally, with torrential rain, widespread floods, and other disasters.

Protecting Our Protectors: Defending America's First Responders

by Senator Barbara A. Mikulski -

It is unconscionable that the "American heroes" who protect "our homes, our businesses, and our communities" have not been given the tools they need to carry out their dangerous jobs. Now they will be, thanks to the initiatives pushed by this legislator.

Rear Admiral David P. Pekoske, USCG, and Rear Admiral Brian M. Salerno, USCG

by John Morton -

Their views on current and future maritime-security operations, the USCG's relationships with other agencies, new security standards being considered, and the service's interface with the Navy, CBP, and various port stakeholders.

James Lee Witt, CEO, James Lee Witt Associates

by John Morton -

The former FEMA administrator discusses the agency's reorganization process, the proposed establishment of a national catastrophic-insurance fund, FEMA's working relationship with the ARC, and the rationale for upgrading the agency to cabinet-level.

Debris Monitors - Cleaning Up and Clearing Out

by Kirby McCrary -

The crisis is not really "over" until the paperwork has been completed - in full, on time, and frequently in triplicate. In the field of debris removal adherence to that old saying is sometimes the difference between bankruptcy and prosperity.

The Doctors Plot - Its Implications for America

by David Wright -

Security experts dismiss the attempt by Islamic doctors to blow up a London nightclub as an "amateurish" operation. But that misses the real point, which is that physicians - people who know how to make biological weapons - are now on the terrorist team.

Judith Miller, Author & Journalist

by John Morton -

The Pulitzer Prize winner's knowledgeable appraisal of how two of the nation's largest metropolitan police departments - in New York City and Los Angeles - are coping with the unique and steadily growing threats posed by international terrorism.