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Beyond Patient Care: Family Reunification Planning for Hospitals

To meet a community s mass care family reunification needs after a disaster hospitals and other healthcare facilities must have plans and procedures in place for mass casualty incident response which goes beyond patient care Here are some recommendations for them to develop a collaborative strategic plan
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Multimodal Transportation Perspectives

Without transportation and communications emergency response can move at an uncomfortably slow pace enough so that life property and the environment may be unnecessarily compromised The integrated transportation network must be protected from threats and other risks
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Resilience Versus Emergency Management

Conferences are full of important and interesting sessions but attendees do not always take away actionable knowledge or have long term retention of the information This article summarizes a crowd sourced conversation with panelists attendees resilience experts and Chat GPT
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Energy Sector Perspectives

From the alarm clock that wakes people in the morning to the natural gas used to cook breakfast to the refined petroleum products powering vehicles for daily commutes the Energy Sector plays an integral role in daily life activities
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Publisher’s Message: 25 Years of Domestic Preparedness

As we celebrate the 25th anniversary we honor the founding publisher Marty Masiuk and all the dedicated writers advisors and subscribers who contributed to and supported the publication over the years Preparing for whatever the future holds requires remembering the past setting new goals for the future and evolving to
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The Race to Interoperability

The Boston Marathon Bombing demonstrated the dedication commitment and strength of those who responded that day The lessons learned from that event continue to strengthen community resilience as participants gather to focus on building interoperability within and between jurisdictions
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Emerging Technologies, Part 4 – Robotics and Automation

This is Part 4 of a five part series on emerging technologies that can enhance the management of and response to future emergencies and disasters This part focuses on robotics and automation for enhancing efficiency safety and effectiveness in crisis response and mitigation
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Healthcare and Public Health Sector Perspectives

According to the U S Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services National Health Expenditures NHE accounted for $4 3 trillion or 18 3 of the U S gross domestic product Find out how the Healthcare and Public Health Sector s interdependencies can affect any community
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Rising Above the Flood: A Decision Tool for Structural Safety

When homeowners choose to elevate their homes above flood levels they may compromise the structural integrity of the building if the elevation method does not use the correct specifications This new tool closes decision gaps that current guidelines and building codes do not address
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Two FEMA personnel sitting at a desk with two men, a woman, and two children

Beyond Patient Care: Family Reunification Planning for Hospitals

To meet a community s mass care family reunification needs after a disaster hospitals and other healthcare facilities must have plans and procedures in place for mass casualty incident response which goes beyond patient care Here are some recommendations for them to develop a collaborative strategic plan
Read More »

Multimodal Transportation Perspectives

Without transportation and communications emergency response can move at an uncomfortably slow pace enough so that life property and the environment may be unnecessarily compromised The integrated transportation network must be protected from threats and other risks
Read More »
Four panel members sitting on a stage and a moderator standing at a podium.

Resilience Versus Emergency Management

Conferences are full of important and interesting sessions but attendees do not always take away actionable knowledge or have long term retention of the information This article summarizes a crowd sourced conversation with panelists attendees resilience experts and Chat GPT
Read More »
Two men with safety gear in a bucket truck working on an electrical pole

Energy Sector Perspectives

From the alarm clock that wakes people in the morning to the natural gas used to cook breakfast to the refined petroleum products powering vehicles for daily commutes the Energy Sector plays an integral role in daily life activities
Read More »

Publisher’s Message: 25 Years of Domestic Preparedness

As we celebrate the 25th anniversary we honor the founding publisher Marty Masiuk and all the dedicated writers advisors and subscribers who contributed to and supported the publication over the years Preparing for whatever the future holds requires remembering the past setting new goals for the future and evolving to
Read More »

The Race to Interoperability

The Boston Marathon Bombing demonstrated the dedication commitment and strength of those who responded that day The lessons learned from that event continue to strengthen community resilience as participants gather to focus on building interoperability within and between jurisdictions
Read More »

Emerging Technologies, Part 4 – Robotics and Automation

This is Part 4 of a five part series on emerging technologies that can enhance the management of and response to future emergencies and disasters This part focuses on robotics and automation for enhancing efficiency safety and effectiveness in crisis response and mitigation
Read More »

Information Technology Sector Perspectives

The Information Technology Sector is one of 16 sectors identified as critical infrastructure under the Cybersecurity 038 Infrastructure Security Agency Domestic Preparedness invited subject matter experts to answer questions about this sector including how the sector and its interdependencies can affect any community
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Emerging Technologies, Part 2 – Uncrewed Vehicles

Part 2 of a five part series on emerging technologies focuses on technologies designed to perform tasks and reduce human risk Find out more about these autonomous or remotely controlled machines designed to perform tasks without human operators direct involvement
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National Preparedness Efforts Among Tribal Communities

Participants at the National Tribal Emergency Management Council s annual conference in August shared some key takeaways for tribal and nontribal communities to improve their disaster preparedness efforts Understanding the concerns and challenges is essential
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Water and Wastewater Sector Perspectives

The Cybersecurity 038 Infrastructure Security Agency defines the Water and Wastewater Systems Sector as one of 16 critical infrastructure sectors Read about this sector s numerous challenges in maintaining the high level of service necessary to the communities they serve
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Always Prepare for the Future, But Never Forget the Past

This September edition of the Domestic Preparedness Journal addresses these and other key preparedness efforts that should be considered when planning for future incidents Reflecting on the events of 9 11 consider the personal costs that emergency responders pay for serving their communities and develop mitigation strategies to reduce those
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Reducing Workplace Violence in Healthcare Facilities

Violence in healthcare facilities significantly challenges patients providers support staff visitors and first responders However healthcare specific information and tools can help protect staff patients and others in these facilities
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Planning for A Cross-Country Special Event

A solar eclipse is a unique form of special event that does not always fall under emergency planning protocols but it should This article urges preparedness professionals to collaborate with eclipse planning committees to ensure the safety and security of all those involved
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Responding to the Call – The Cost of Caring for Others

There is a cost to caring for others but it does not need to be a lifelong debt that continues to overwhelm the people who stepped up and those around them The cost can be manageable with the right plan of support and the willingness to explore coping options
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