september 2022

Healthcare

Military Combat Skills for Civilian Disaster Response

by Lisa Nenno & Timothy Miller -

During their service, military personnel acquire a broad range of lifesaving skills that are critical when on the frontline during wartime. Effective medical triage is one of the skills needed during combat and any major disaster or catastrophic event. Partnering with tribal and other civilian stakeholders, military veterans provided a unique perspective and training experience during a national-level exercise.

Preparedness

Taking Flight – Creating a Robust Aviation Response, Part 1

by Sky Terry -

General aviation pilots have been finding ways to assist their communities during emergencies and disasters for many years. However, over the past two years, significant advances in disaster preparedness have been made as emergency response plans were created and exercised to integrate volunteer aviation response into other community response efforts.

Podcast

Article Out Loud - Taking Flight – Creating a Robust Aviation Response, Part 1

by SKY TERRY, An Article Out Loud by the Domestic Preparedness Journal.  

General aviation pilots have been finding ways to assist their communities during emergencies and disasters for many years. However, over the past two years, significant advances in disaster preparedness have been made as emergency response plans were created and exercised to integrate volunteer aviation response into other community response efforts. 

Narrated by Bonnie Weidler. 

Podcast

Article Out Loud - Military Combat Skills for Civilian Disaster Response

by LISA NENNO & TIMOTHY MILLER, An Article Out Loud by the Domestic Preparedness Journal.  

During their service, military personnel acquire a broad range of lifesaving skills that are critical when on the frontline during wartime. Effective medical triage is one of the skills needed during combat and any major disaster or catastrophic event. Partnering with tribal and other civilian stakeholders, military veterans provided a unique perspective and training experience during a national-level exercise. 

Narrated by Randy Vivian. 

Commentary

Resources Not to Be Overlooked

by Catherine L. Feinman -

The term “whole community” is frequently used in preparedness materials and discussions. In practice, though, how often is the whole community represented and all community resources considered? Here are some key resources that should not be overlooked.

Resilience

Tribal Nations Test Their Communications Capabilities

by Bruce Fitzgerald -

A 9.0-magnitude earthquake is a predictable scenario along the Cascadia Subduction Zone. This article describes how the tribal nations in the Pacific Northwest are preparing their region for this catastrophic event. This exercise allowed tribal and non-tribal participants to evaluate their resources and test their communications capabilities.

Podcast

Article Out Loud - Tribal Nations Test Their Communications Capabilities

by BRUCE FITZGERALD, An Article Out Loud by the Domestic Preparedness Journal.  

A 9.0-magnitude earthquake is a predictable scenario along the Cascadia Subduction Zone. This article describes how the tribal nations in the Pacific Northwest are preparing their region for this catastrophic event. This exercise allowed tribal and non-tribal participants to evaluate their resources and test their communications capabilities.

Narrated by Randy Vivian. 

Resilience

Building Resource Capacity – Start Now

by Andrew Altizer & Timothy Murphy -

Building resource capacity involves research, planning, and execution that should begin now. Identifying potential dangers, considering “what if” scenarios, capitalizing on other events and incidents, and overcoming barriers are key components for building resilient communities. This article explains how to get started.

Podcast

Article Out Loud - Building Resource Capacity – Start Now

by ANDREW ALTIZER & TIMOTHY MURPHY, An Article Out Loud by the Domestic Preparedness Journal. 

Building resource capacity involves research, planning, and execution that should begin now. Identifying potential dangers, considering “what if” scenarios, capitalizing on other events and incidents, and overcoming barriers are key components for building resilient communities. This article explains how to get started. 

Narrated by Randy Vivian. 

Podcast

Article Out Loud - Joplin & Irene Force Changes in Hospital Evac Plans

By THEODORE (TED) TULLY, An Article Out Loud Flashback from the Domestic Preparedness Journal,  November 23, 2011. 

Two major weather events that occurred earlier this year will be long remembered not only by meteorologists and historians but by the general public as well. Tornadoes struck the city of Joplin without warning and destroyed everything in their paths. Hurricane Irene was even more destructive - but at least provided some advance warning. The legacies of both will be studied by emergency planners for many years to come.

Narrated by Randy Vivian. 

Podcast

Article Out Loud - Smallpox - Still a Viable Bioterrorist Threat

By RICHARD SCHOEBERL, An Article Out Loud Flashback from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, November 28, 2012. 

Before passenger aircraft were hijacked and used as weapons, and bombs were smuggled inside underwear and shoes, such attacks may not have seemed likely to occur. Similarly, the reproduction and dispersal of the "eradicated" smallpox virus may seem to be an extremely small risk, but early planning is required to cope with what is still a potentially viable threat.

Narrated by Randy Vivian. 

Updates

Biden-Harris Administration Announces $1 Billion in Funding for First-Ever State and Local Cybersecurity Grant Program

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a first-of-its-kind cybersecurity grant program specifically for state, local, and territorial (SLT) governments across the country. This State and Local Cybersecurity Grant Program, made possible thanks to President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, provides $1 billion in funding to SLT partners over four years, with $185 million available for Fiscal Year 22, to support SLT efforts to address cyber risk to their information systems.

Resilience

Respecting Tribal Emergency Management

by John Pennington -

Emergency management professionals are tasked with making their communities more resilient to future threats and disasters. However, emergency management leaders and their organizations must adjust and adapt to more than just response scenarios. For tribal emergency managers, this means following the principles that define an evolving emergency management fields while also navigating additional bureaucratic obstacles and adhering to their distinct cultural traditions and protocols.

Preparedness

Uvalde Shooting – A Predictable Surprise

by William H. Austin -

When intentional acts of violence occur, people often wonder if the incident was preventable. For example, after a mass shooting killed 19 students and 2 teachers in Uvalde, Texas, on May 24, 2022, many were questioning the predictability of the gunman’s actions and the decision-making process of the responders. This article examines these questions.

Podcast

Article Out Loud - Uvalde Shooting – A Predictable Surprise

by WILLIAM H. AUSTIN, An Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness Journal. 

When intentional acts of violence occur, people often wonder if the incident was preventable. For example, after a mass shooting killed 19 students and 2 teachers in Uvalde, Texas, on May 24, 2022, many were questioning the predictability of the gunman’s actions and the decision-making process of the responders. This article examines these questions.

Narrated by Randy Vivian. 

Podcast

Article Out Loud - Respecting Tribal Emergency Management

by JOHN PENNINGTON, An Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness Journal.

Emergency management professionals are tasked with making their communities more resilient to future threats and disasters. However, emergency management leaders and their organizations must adjust and adapt to more than just response scenarios. For tribal emergency managers, this means following the principles that define an evolving emergency management fields while also navigating additional bureaucratic obstacles and adhering to their distinct cultural traditions and protocols.

Narrated by MacGregor Stephenson.

Podcast

Article Out Loud - Active Shooter - When Lock Down Is Not Enough

By RODNEY E. ANDREASEN, An Article Out Loud Flashback from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, April 06, 2016. 

Law enforcement officers, paramedics, and other responders have received extensive training in dealing with active shooters and the wounds resulting from active shooter incidents. However, the potential force multipliers in all these attacks that are just beginning to receive attention are the potential victims at the scene.

Narrated by MacGregor Stephenson. 

Podcast

Article Out Loud - Emergency Animal Sheltering Options

By RICHARD GREEN & TIMOTHY PERCIFUL, An Article Out Loud Flashback from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, August 28, 2019.

When there is a need for sheltering animals, there are several options – each comes with advantages and disadvantages. Conditions, agency policies, experiences, resources, or timing typically drive the decision as to what type of shelter is used. Regardless of the type of shelter utilized, the primary goal is to provide quality daily care until animals are reunited with their families or rehomed to new families.

Narrated by MacGregor Stephenson.

Updates

S&T Launches New Training Guideline for Detection Canine Teams

The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) announced a new interactive training tool for handlers and trainers of explosive detection canines to upgrade their capabilities to Person-Borne Explosives Detection.

Reports

Adapting to Rising Flood Risk: An Analysis of Insurance Solutions for Canada

The Government of Canada established the Task Force on Flood Insurance and Relocation (the “Task Force”) in order to advance a sustainable solution to rising flood costs. The Task Force conducted its work collaboratively with partners from the Government of Canada, provincial and territorial governments, the insurance industry, and other stakeholders concerned with Canada’s growing flood risk.

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Reports

First Annual Report on Progress Towards Implementation of the American Preparedness Plan

This document provides the first annual report outlining progress towards implementation of relevant capabilities, highlights priority actions that are ongoing and needed across departments and agencies in the U.S. Government and the private sector, and identifies science and technology opportunities to fill gaps and ensure that the nation is properly prepared for emerging pandemic threats.

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Preparedness

Strategic Depth & the Fight Against Violent Extremism

by Richard Schoeberl & W. Cochran Pruett -

Despite the deaths of Islamic State and al-Qaida leadership, violent extremism is not gone. This article describes why, despite recent successful strikes against terrorist groups, intelligence agencies and others tasked with protecting their communities must stay vigilant. More strategic depth is needed to help reduce the possibility of the extremist groups’ resurgence.

Resilience

Credentialing a Nation’s Volunteer Responder Network

by Patty Ridings -

Catastrophic earthquakes and a desire for residents to help their neighbors inspired the creation of Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT). Since its creation in 1986, CERT has become a nationwide program that continues to evolve. This article describes how a new digital solution is closing the credentialing gap between citizen responders and emergency services agencies to enhance whole-community resilience.

Podcast

Article Out Loud - Credentialing a Nation’s Volunteer Responder Network

by PATTY RIDINGS, An Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness Journal.

Catastrophic earthquakes and a desire for residents to help their neighbors inspired the creation of Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT). Since its creation in 1986, CERT has become a nationwide program that continues to evolve. This article describes how a new digital solution is closing the credentialing gap between citizen responders and emergency services agencies to enhance whole-community resilience.

Narrated by Randy Vivian. 

Podcast

Article Out Loud - Strategic Depth & the Fight Against Violent Extremism

by RICHARD SCHOEBERL & W. COCHRAN PRUETT, An Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness Journal.

 

Despite the deaths of Islamic State and al-Qaida leadership, violent extremism is not gone. This article describes why, despite recent successful strikes against terrorist groups, intelligence agencies and others tasked with protecting their communities must stay vigilant. More strategic depth is needed to help reduce the possibility of the extremist groups’ resurgence.

Narrated by Randy Vivian.

Updates

DHS Releases Recommendations to Protect National Public Warning System from EMPs

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released a report on operational approaches to protect the National Public Warning System from an electromagnetic pulse (EMP). The report is a collaborative effort between the DHS Science and Technology Directorate, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Integrated Public Alert and Warning System Program, and the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency.

Podcast

Article Out Loud - Ham Radio - An Emergency Tool for Public Health

By BARRY KANNE, An Article Out Loud Flashback from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, November 04, 2009.

In times of sudden disaster, help may be just around the corner - particularly if a ham radio operator is living there. Their ranks are legion, they usually pay all of their own costs, and they are among the most highly skilled communicators in the country. That combination makes them especially valuable as invisible volunteers in the nation's domestic-preparedness community. 

Narrated by Randy Vivian 

Podcast

Article Out Loud - The New PLAN: Government Alerts Enter the 21st Century

By RODRIGO (RODDY) MOSCOSO, An Article Out Loud Flashback from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, June 15, 2011

The old saying that, "No matter where you go, there you are," has become the new Golden Rule for emergency-alert notifications, thanks to the combined efforts of the FCC, FEMA, and the commercial U.S. cellular industry. That is the PLAN, anyway. But it works better if IPAWS is OPEN to receive the bad news.

Narrated by MacGregor Stephenson.

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