H5N1: Still Waiting in the Wings - An Updated Assessment of the Pandemic Flu Threat

by Steven Harrison -

Just in case the United States, & the rest of the world, did not have enough to worry about, recent public-health reports provide a timely reminder that new pandemics, possibly the most disastrous ever, could still strike at any time.

Filling the Equipment Inventory: Some Relevant Questions

by Joseph Cahill -

The well-dressed first responder can take with him or her a limited amount of equipment to the incident scene. The selection of that equipment may be, and often is, a literally life-or-death matter.

The All Threats Agent Content System (ATACS): A CDC Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Information Management System

by Joe Posid -

"Learning by Doing" was the guideline used by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention in responding to the anthrax attacks in 2001 by developing a new and highly sophisticated multipurpose bioterrorism detection system.

The Dopplerian Resonance Effect on Continual Preparedness

by Adam Montella -

Memories of even the most cataclysmic disaster fade as time passes, but those memories are important reminders that continued vigilance is needed to ensure that similar disasters are avoided in the future.

Planning for a Mass Evacuation: Contraflow, Katrina, and Gustav

by Joseph Cahill -

Get out of town before the hurricane hits! Everyone! That was the warning issued by the state of Louisiana and City of New Orleans before both Katrina and Gustav. The warning worked - the second time around.

A Jubilant Festival of Preparedness

by Ruth Marrero -

A behind-the-scenes CDC report on how DHS's NIMS & ICS guidelines were pressed into service to protect the participants (from 27 countries and territories) in this year's Festival of Pacific Arts, hosted by American Samoa.

Hybridizing the Power Supply

by Joseph Cahill -

Enhance emergency preparedness by installing heating systems that also can generate electrical power during severe weather. The most important benefit, though, would be not a change in equipment but a change both in thinking & in planning ahead.

The Bruce Ivins Case: Pros and Cons

by Michael Allswede -

Did the suicide of Dr. Bruce Ivins write "finished" to the investigation of the 2001 anthrax attacks. Perhaps. But questions remain, there are some circumstances yet to be explained, & the case against him may not be as airtight as originally believed.

Undomiciled: Domestic Preparedness for the Homeless

by Joseph Cahill -

When disaster strikes the impact is felt by all members of the community, including those without homes, without power (electric or political), and sometimes (far too often) almost without hope.

New Radiological Tool Kits Available from CDC

by Judith Kanne -

A major upgrading of state and local abilities to respond to radiological emergencies is now possible, thanks to CDC's development and production of two new on-the-scene tool kits.