Credentialing of Private-Sector Disaster Support Personnel

The credentialing of private-sector disaster-support personnel presumes a very strong public-private partnership. The development of a true public/private-sector disaster credentialing system is a significant challenge. The goal is to create

The Gateway Key to Synergistic Communications

Thanks to mutual-aid compacts between neighboring political jurisdictions, first-responder cooperation at mass-casualty incidents is often a multi-agency effort. But before the agencies can work together they must first be able to speak the same language.

PPE: Defining the Terms, Resolving the Ambiguities

Fundamentally, the personal protective equipment (PPE) required to protect two workers – one responding to a hazmat (hazardous materials) incident and one providing care to an infectious disease patient –

Incident Action Plans for Hazmat/WMD Incidents

A quick but accurate analysis of unknown but potentially lethal agents detected by first responders at the scene of a mass-casualty incident can save many, many lives. That analysis requires skill, knowledge, and state-of-the-art analytical equipment.

Partnerships at Work in Public Health Planning

The Commonwealth of Virginia once again provides a best-practices example of the best way to plan for a potential mass-casualty disaster: Ensure that all stakeholders, private-sector as well as government, are fully involved ahead of time, and practice.
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