Podcast

Article Out Loud - UTMB: From Disaster Planning to Long-Term Recovery

By CAMERON W. SLOCUM & JAMES LEE WITT, An Article Out Loud Flashback from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, November 10, 2010.

This 2010 article describes how the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) used the lessons learned from Hurricanes Rita in 2005 and Ike in 2008 to develop an effective response and rebuilding plan that not only has been used by UTMB itself to cope with future disasters but also provides a Gold Standard recovery blueprint for other organizations and institutions of all types.

Narrated by Randy Vivian. 

Article Out Loud - Evacuation Planning: A Long, Long Way to Go

By JOSEPH CAHILL, An Article Out Loud Flashback from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, March 08, 2006.

The laws are in place but are often unenforceable. Transportation assets are available but are almost always overcommitted. Clear mandates from local, state, and federal decision-makers are obviously needed to restore order from the current chaos. This 2006 article describes the challenges associated with contractual agreements between ambulance providers and facilities. During disasters, these contracts may be difficult to fulfill.

Narrated by Randy Vivian. 

 

 

Article Out Loud - Systems and Solutions - The Gateways to Interoperability

By GARY SIMPSON, An Article Out Loud Flashback from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, August 22, 2007.

Since this article was written in 2007, major developments have been made to bridge the communication gap for emergency response agencies. However, in times of crisis, the communications between neighboring jurisdictions can still be problematic. Advanced technology has solved the problems and confusion for some jurisdictions, while creating new costly problems for others. This article highlights the interoperability struggle that agencies have faced and some are still trying to overcome today.

Narrated by Randy Vivian. 

Article Out Loud - Project Management Approach in Emergency Management

by ADAM TAGER, An Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness Journal. 

Each disaster a community faces must be effectively managed. By viewing each crisis as a project and each emergency manager as a project manager, communities will be better prepared to mitigate future threats, manage special events, and respond to emergencies and disasters. This article describes how traditional models converge to create a comprehensive project management approach. 

Narrated by MacGregor Stephenson.

Article Out Loud - Best Practice: Auxiliary Radios for Healthcare Facilities

by ASHLEIGH HOLMES  , An Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness Journal. 

When an emergency or disaster occurs, healthcare facilities require reliable communications for ensuring the safety and well-being of those in their care. The New York City Emergency Management Department has revamped its City’s emergency radio communications program to ensure that critical information can be exchanged before the next incident. Their best practice serves as an example for other jurisdictions to upgrade their equipment and build in communication redundancies.

Narrated by MacGregor Stephenson.

Article Out Loud - Emerging Threats to Rail Infrastructure: Part II, Passenger

By CATHERINE L. FEINMAN  , An Article Out Loud Flashback from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, March 28, 2018.

On April 12, 2022, a man in a gas mask began shooting passengers in a New York subway car. With millions of passengers traveling each day by rail and subway in the United States alone, the passenger rail industry and the communities they serve are faced with difficult safety and security challenges – from equipment failures to terrorist attacks. This 2018 article shares expert recommendations on how a whole community approach is needed to address these challenges, understand the threats and consequences, and promote a culture of resilience.

Narrated by Randy Vivian. 

 

Article Out Loud - U.S. Citizens: The First Line of Defense

By VERNON HERRON & MICHAEL VESELY , An Article Out Loud Flashback from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, July 18, 2012.

The New York shooting incident in the subway demonstrates how citizen awareness campaigns are working. Passengers helped stop the bleed of shooting victims. Eye witness reports pointed police in the right direction. Alert citizens noticed someone suspicious. And the shooter was caught the next day. As discussed in this 2012 article, homeland defense and emergency management begin at home. New Yorkers demonstrated last week that, when they saw something, they not only said something but they also did something.

Narrated by Randy Vivian.

Article Out Loud - Growing Threat to Healthcare and Other Facilities

by RODNEY ANDREASEN , An Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness Journal. 

Active shooters and other violent incidents occur all over the country – in urban and rural areas, in big cities and small towns, in large and small facilities. Many examples demonstrate the need to understand and plan for them and the significant consequences that could follow. This article empowers the reader to better understand how these incidents may occur and ways to better mitigate and respond when healthcare and other facility is threatened.

Narrated by Bonnie Weidler. 

Article Out Loud - Securing & Protecting the Nation’s Cybersecurity Infrastructure

by CHANDLER LOFLAND & RAYMOND WALKER, An Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness Journal. 

A cyberattack on water treatment plant in Florida significantly elevated sodium hydroxide levels for a brief period of time. A ransomware attack in May 2021 temporarily shut down the Colonial Pipeline. The Texas power grid is currently facing cybersecurity threats from Russia. These are just a few recent examples of critical infrastructure vulnerabilities that emphasize the need to secure and protect the nation’s cybersecurity infrastructure. This article explains how.

Narrated by Bonnie Weidler

Article Out Loud - Communicating in a Crisis Is Different

By BARBARA REYNOLDS  , An Article Out Loud Flashback from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, March 28, 2007.

Crises and catastrophes are and will continue to be among the eternal verities of human life. Coping with them successfully requires effective communications – clear, concise, confident, and comforting. Leaders in Sacramento were recently challenged with this task as they consoled the public following a mass shooting that killed 6 and wounded 12 others.

Narrated by Bonnie Weidler.