Feb 2016

Challenges and Considerations in Disaster Research

This report addresses the ethical and operational concerns in research design, participant recruitment, data collection, and data interpretation during disaster research. In this report, researchers learn about procedural challenges that

Children in Disasters: Do Americans Feel Prepared?

The purpose of the study was to learn more about people’s opinions and attitudes toward disaster preparedness with a focus on children in disasters. Findings from this national survey have

The Continuity Gap

Corporate confusion could spell a disastrous response in a crisis. To dispel such confusion, companies should have an emergency manager on staff, ensure that employees are well prepared, and recognize

Railroad Ties Communities Together

Ā  With Amtrakā€™s rail lines spanning communities across the United States (and parts of Canada), it is in a prime position to engage the whole community and to build national

Worldwide Threat Assessment of the US Intelligence Community

James R. Clapper, Director of National Intelligence for the U.S., offered this Statement of the United States Intelligence Community’s 2016 assessment of threats to US national security. Global threats discussed

Planning & Operations: Two Sides of the Same Coin

For an emergency, planning personnel provide direction and operations personnel provide action. At first glance, their roles may seem very different but, in reality, they are dependent on one another

Public Health Preparedness Realities

The term ā€œsituational awarenessā€ typically conjures images of emergency responders on the scene of a complex incident with many emergency vehicles and various levels of activity, both command and operationally oriented. Public health normally does not enter into the equation, but perhaps it is time to change that thinking.

State of Preparedness 2016: Children & Child Care

By 30 September 2016, all states will be required to create child care disaster plans under the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act, which include procedures for facilities to: evacuate; relocate; shelter-in-place; lock-down; communicate; reunify families; continue operations; and accommodate infants, toddlers, and children with additional physical, mental, or medical needs.

Status of Preparedness: Emergency Medical Services

Responders in the pre-hospital emergency medical field must be in a state of readiness at all times. Working on the front lines of an emergency incident requires the ability to leverage external resources, the determination to harden operations, and the skillfulness to manage patient surge.
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