Corporate Support for a Healthcare Facility in Crisis

Hospitals and other healthcare facilities are marvelous at handling emergencies, healing the sick, and performing a host of minor and major daily miracles. But who heals the healer? In other words, what happens when the hospital itself is suffering from an explosion, an out-of-control fire, or any other type of

UK Approaches in Disaster Medical Education

In the long history of disaster medicine, it has never been more apparent than now how important it is to collaborate with a wide variety of disciplines and jurisdictions, both nationally and abroad. Responders from around the world can learn a lot from the UK’s expanding disaster medicine education and

Training for Multi-Agency Response Efforts

Even successful responses can highlight areas in which improvement is needed in the training of responders, which is one reason – a big one – why the sharing of lessons learned is so important. Enhanced training that includes lessons from real-world situations and events can help responders familiarize themselves with

Training, Exercises, and the ICS: A Natural Fit

The NFL’s energetic but belated start on pre-season training is a timely reminder that even the best-conditioned and most highly skilled players cannot rest on last year’s laurels. The same is true, but much more so, of emergency responders, whose goal is not to win the Super Bowl but to

All-Hazards Response Training Updated & Expanded

The massive increase in workload at FEMA’s Center for Domestic Preparedness has led to not only a parallel increase in the center’s own specialized capabilities but also a Noble upgrading of facilities, equipment, and the training curriculum. The other good news, for state and local budget managers, is that all expenses are federally

FINAL REPORT: The Future of Grants in Domestic Preparedness

Experts agree that the reduction in federal grant funds will have a significant impact on state and local jurisdictions. The solution: Recognize past successes and failures, understand current concerns, and develop regional approaches for the future. This report provides valuable information for responders, receivers, planners, and managers who apply for

Reducing the Community’s Risk – One Grant at a Time

The guiding principle in emergency preparedness is virtually identical to one of the Golden Rules of good health: Prevention is much better, and almost always lower in cost, than recovery and rehabilitation. Which is why intelligent “grantsmanship” not only focuses first on the reduction of risks and vulnerabilities but also

Federal Government Initiatives on Grant Alignment

A senior HHS executive, and world-class authority on medical-surge programs and requirements, discusses both the National Health Security Strategy the Whole Community FEMA approach – introduced earlier this year in that agency’s 2011-14 Strategic Plan – mandated to maintain “truly integrated and scalable public health…in an environment of increasingly constrained

Using Grant Data to Improve Communications Interoperability

One of the nation’s highest priorities in emergency preparedness has been, and will continue to be, the creation of vastly improved communications capabilities. Considerable progress has been made to date. But much more is needed, probably accompanied by additional funding at all levels of government: federal, state, and local.

National Preparedness Grants – Strategies for Investment Reductions

The current debate over the national debt is a stern reminder that, even in politics and economics, what goes up will almost always also come down. The same is true for the funding provided for DHS/HHS preparedness grants – which are now starting to decline in both size and number,

Making Funds Count: Developing a Grant-Making Program

There are many paths a community can take in search of a preparedness grant, but only one way to ensure that the search will be successful: Follow the Rules! This means advance planning, consulting, paying meticulous attention to all of the rules and regulations involved, and making sensible decisions every

Federal Domestic Preparedness Funding: Overview and Outlook

Before the 9/11 terrorist attacks, federal funding for preparedness grants was much lower than it should have been. Then it was increased exponentially. The nation is now better prepared than ever before to deal with mass-casualty incidents – and there are huge fiscal problems ahead. So major cutbacks in grant


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