The Need for Situational Awareness in a CBRNE Attack

The handling of mass-casualty incidents involving chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and/or explosive materials requires special training and purpose-built systems and equipment, but the greatest need on-site is continuing awareness by emergency responders of the horrendous threat they, and the innocent victims they are helping, are facing.

Partners in Preparedness: Close to 2000 Attendees at Public Health Preparedness Summit

Those who were fortunate and farsighted enough to attend last month’s Public Health Preparedness Summit in Atlanta not only heard many of the nation’s senior healthcare officials report on recent innovations and achievements but also, of greater importance, were able to network with their peers and colleagues from every state

Haiti 2010: When Disaster Is Compounded by Chaos & Confusion

Within minutes after news of the 12 January earthquake that devastated Haiti was reported to the outside world, U.S. government agencies, and numerous NGOs, swung into action. Here is a lessons-learned report on how New York City’s Mount Sinai Hospital accelerated its pre-planning process, the preparation of healthcare volunteers, the

ICD – Shorthand for a Potentially Ubiquitous Threat

Chemicals are a part of the everyday American’s diet. They are used – in carefully measured doses, it is hoped – in manufacturing; in the processing of food, beverages, medicines, and numerous other consumables; and in many other ways in almost every country in the world. Because of their relatively

The Principles of Infrastructure Resilience

“Resilience” used to be an after-thought in preparedness planning. Today it is not only a fundamental principle, an ultimate goal, and an essential guideline, but also the concrete foundation (literally as well as figuratively) of long-range policies, funding decisions, and effective response and recovery operations.

Public Health Security for Mass Gatherings

A mass gathering has been defined by the World Health Organization as a planned or unplanned event at which the number of attendees is “sufficient to strain the planning and response resources of the community, state, or nation.” Fortunately, the strategies needed to address the public health challenge represented by

New and Emerging Shelter Technology Provides Solutions for Responders

In many emergency situations the most important and longest-enduring task is finding proper shelter for disaster victims and their families. Ron Houle, DHS Systems’ vice president of government relations, points out that the use of new high-tech fabrics and a focus on advanced technology is leading to the development of

The Multi-Tracking Evolution for Emergency Preparedness: 2010 and Beyond

The increase in terrorist attacks in recent years – combined with the ability, and need, to deal both more promptly and more effectively with natural disasters – has led to a greater emphasis on new multi-tracking technologies that, EMSystems CEO Andy Nunemaker points out, give political leaders as well as

Impact of eLearning on Hospital Emergency Preparedness

Rapid advances in eLearning technology have led to rapid advances in the preparedness training available to Emergency Department personnel in hospitals throughout the country, according to DQE President Howard Levitin. However, he adds, that training should be very carefully planned not only to be compatible with the individual hospital’s incident

Degrees of Progress – Emergency Management: Today and Tomorrow

Pandemics, wildfires, hurricanes, terrorist attacks, and an occasional tsunami – they are all in a day’s work (not all in the same day, though) for the highly professional emergency managers now assigned to a higher seat at the decision-makers’ table, and whose primary duty is teaching the nation not only

Hospital Preparedness 2010: Are Additional Advances Possible?

A greater focus on NIMS objectives seems likely, as well as some HICS modifications. But the possibility of maintaining recent-year funding levels is already very unlikely, and the final version of the healthcare-reform bill, if enacted, has yet to be determined.

Emergency Preparedness in Healthcare – 2010 & Beyond

Emergency planners, political and budget decision makers, and the general public are almost always more focused on preparing for last year’s hurricane than they are concerned about this year’s sudden earthquake, or tsunami, or – much more likely – long-predicted pandemic. Which is why common sense must sometimes take precedence.


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