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.

Hospital Decontamination: Many Questions, But Few Answers

by Theodore Tully -

From "two-lane" decon lanes to high-tech detection equipment and personal protective gear, most U.S. hospitals are behind the curve in preparing to deal with mass-casualty decontamination incidents. What can be done about it?

Dead Reckoning: EMS, Death, and Resource Management

by James Mason -

The assumption that an accident victim who is not breathing is dead can be a fatal mistake - for the victim. Which is just one of many reasons why so many laws governing the handling of apparent deaths have been enacted by every state in the union.

CDC's Career Epidemiology Field Officer Program

by Ruth Marrero -

The innovative CEFO Program represents a new national resource that is already being used by 21 states to strengthen their own epidemiological preparedness capabilities, with other states sure to follow in the near future.

The Gap Analysis Tool: Building Blocks for Preparedness

by Kelly R. McKinney & Joseph Picciano -

Best-case estimates provide a shaky foundation for all-hazards disaster plans; worst-case estimates may cost more in the short term, therefore, but are a better working tool for post-incident response and recovery efforts.