Podcast

Article Out Loud - Avoiding the Complacency Trap After This Hurricane Season

by MARK J. MISCZAK, An Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness Journal.

Despite punishing hurricanes in Puerto Rico and Florida, the 2022 season has been relatively quiet for much of the Gulf coast and Atlantic seaboard. This article describes the resources that help communities mitigate risk now before the next hurricane season.

Narrated by MacGregor Stephenson. 

Article Out Loud - PPD-44: Implications for Domestic Incident Management

by ROBERT J. (BOB) ROLLER, An Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness Journal. 

An essential national incident management guidance document is finally available to responders nationwide. This document will significantly improve a unified response to and recovery from large-scale incidents. However, additional work is needed to create an enhanced unity of effort and fully integrated response among federal, state, and local responders.

Narrated by MacGregor Stephenson. 

 

Article Out Loud - Public Works Emergency Management - From Training to Reality

by  DAVID GEARY & TRACY FESSLER, An Article Out Loud Flashback from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, March 23, 2011.

For understandable reasons, major disasters - e.g., earthquakes and tsunamis - get most of the headlines and more of the public funds available even in economically difficult times. Local jurisdictions would be well advised, therefore, not only to focus greater attention on emergencies closer to home but also to ask for neighborly assistance if and when needed.

Narrated by Randy Vivian. 

Article Out Loud - Critical Infrastructure & Strategic Assessment

By DAVID L. WEGNER & SHERI TICKNER, An Article Out Loud Flashback from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, April 13, 2016.

 

Globally, government agencies are at a nexus in how to plan for and address society's dependence on infrastructure to sustain economies, support and protect people, and implement strategies to provide for an appropriate level of reinvestment. Partnerships with the private financial world would help develop an effective framework for investments and acceptance of risk.

Narrated by Randy Vivian. 

Article Out Loud - Workplace Strategies to Reduce Burnout and Build Resilience

by JUDY KRUGER & CHRIS PAQUET, An Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness Journal.

A multi-year pandemic has resulted in organizations looking to reframe traditional workforce management practices to retain seasoned staff and prevent burnout. To address these issues, state, local, tribal, and territorial emergency management offices can consider implementing workplace engagement strategies to address the mental and physical health concerns resulting from this type of work and reduce sources of psychological distress. 

Narrated by Randy Vivian.

Article Out Loud - Switch to Online Enables New Active Shooter Training for All 

by MICHAEL MELTON, An Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness Journal.

Since the emergence of COVID-19, many trainings have had to adapt to an online presence. In one case, an active shooter training not only successfully transitioned to support the online delivery of these skills, but the developer embraced it and has now made it publicly available for everyone.

Narrated by Randy Vivian. 

Article Out Loud - A Global Sensor Network for Disaster Warnings

By DIANA HOPKINS, An Article Out Loud Flashback from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, July 06, 2009 .

Technology and sensor innovation must be interoperable across jurisdictions. Look how much global sensor networks for disaster warnings have evolved internationally since 2009.

Narrated by Randy Vivian. 

Article Out Loud - National Preparedness: Challenges, Definitions & Jurisdictions

By JORDAN NELMS & AMANDA FAUL, An Article Out Loud Flashback from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, May 22, 2013.

Change is often accompanied by challenges. This article shares the challenges that state and local jurisdictions faced in 2013 as they began implementing the guidance provided by Presidential Directive 8. 

Narrated by Randy Vivian. 

 

Article Out Loud - The Role of Faith in Disasters

by MICHAEL PRASAD, An Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness Journal.

Many faith-based organizations have disaster response and recovery components as major elements of their own missions. By partnering with governmental and nongovernmental organizations, faith-based groups can coordinate locally to support response and restoration efforts, as well as provide mental health and spiritual care when resources are critically needed.

Narrated by MacGregor Stephenson.

Article Out Loud - Power Outages, Communication Failures & Healthcare

by DANIEL RECTOR, An Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness Journal

After-action reviews highlight the successes and expose the failures of disaster preparedness and response efforts. Four significant events demonstrate how communities managed when power outages, communication failures, and healthcare concerns emerged in their aftermath. Unfortunately, these same issues will resurface in future disasters unless lessons are learned.

Narrated by MacGregor Stephenson.