Podcast

Article Out Loud - The Pony Express Rides Again

By MONTY DOZIER, An Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, January 18, 2023. 

When supply chains were diminished during the coronavirus pandemic, leaders had to find innovative ways to protect their communities. In Texas, they used the Pony Express model to ensure the delivery of personal protective equipment, critical supplies, and vaccines to those in need.

Narrated by Bonnie Weidler.

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Article Out Loud - Virtual Reality Training Revolution Is Here

By PETER JOHNSON, An Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness JournalJanuary 18, 2023

Training is often a check-the-box task. However, it can be difficult to know how much training was learned. Virtual reality and its related analytics provide a way to heighten participation and monitor learning levels for numerous threat scenarios.

Narrated by Bonnie Weidler.

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Article Out Loud - Improving the Grade for Critical Infrastructure

By CATHERINE L. FEINMAN & JOE D. MANOUS JR., An Article Out Loud Flashback from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, April 27, 2016.

All infrastructure is not the same. Across disciplinary sectors, agencies and organizations must identify the key elements necessary to ensure “a system” (e.g., community) has a minimum level of resilience, as a system is only as strong as the weakest link.  The challenges of cross-cutting issues and limited resources for which disciplinary sectors compete, compounds the challenges. On 9 March 2016, DomPrep hosted a roundtable discussion in Arlington, Virginia, to address “Critical Infrastructure – A Failing Grade.”

Narrated by Randy Vivian.

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Article Out Loud - Railroad Ties Communities Together

By JAMES METZGER, An Article Out Loud Flashback from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, February 24, 2016.

With Amtrak'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 resilience. Planning, training, and educational efforts provide a way to bring employees, passengers, and other community stakeholders into the preparedness cycle.

Narrated by Randy Vivian.

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Article Out Loud - Benefits of Industrial Liaisons – A Harris County Example

By JAMIE HANNAN, An Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, January 11, 2023

Planners in the Harris County area are successful specifically because of the relationships they have built over many years. For example, the county’s Industrial Liaisons Program provides many positive takeaways and best practices practitioners can implement throughout the U.S. and abroad.

Narrated by MacGregor Stephenson.

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Article Out Loud - Building Design for Safety and Resilience – First Steps

By PAUL MARSHALL, An Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, January 11, 2023. 

An all-hazards design process considers the function of the building during normal operations as well as the safety of the occupants and the surrounding community against possible risks and threats. Like layers of an onion, effective security should take a multi-layered approach. Safety and security do not need to be compromised for a facility’s functionality and beauty.

Narrated by MacGregor Stephenson.

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Article Out Loud - 'Game Day' Food Defense: Enhanced Business as Usual

By MICHÉLE SAMARYA-TIMM, An Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, January 21, 2014. 

With more than 40 Olympic venues serving an estimated 14 million meals, the 2012 London Olympic Games were susceptible to many potential foodborne illnesses - both intentional and unintentional. However, through education, communications, surveillance, and a focus on surge capacity, London provided a model that could help protect the food supply at other mass gatherings around the world.

Narrated by Randy Vivian.

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Article Out Loud - Not All Preparedness Grants Are Identical

By RANDALL C. DUNCAN, An Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, July 26, 2011.  

A distinguished national officer of the International Association of Emergency Managers provides a short but concise list of helpful recommendations that grant-seekers at all levels of government, and in the private sector, might be well advised to follow in preparing, reviewing, submitting, and following up on their own grant applications.

Narrated by Randy Vivian.

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Article Out Loud - How One Town Stood Up to a Category 4 Storm

By JENNIFER LANGUELL, An Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, January 04, 2023.  

When Category 4 Hurricane Ian crossed Florida in September 2022, more than 4 million Florida homes and businesses lost power. However, one town kept the lights on and was spared the devastation the cities surrounding it faced. With resilience and sustainability in mind, this author shares the planning involved in creating this resilient community.

Narrated by Randy Vivian.

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Article Out Loud - Beachie Creek Fire – A Practitioner’s Firsthand Account

By CHARLES (CHUCK) PERINO, An Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, January 04, 2023.

When disaster strikes, sometimes those trained to respond find themselves and their families fleeing from the fire. Once their families are safe, they jump back in to assist wherever needed. This scenario happened to one emergency manager when the Beachie Creek wildfire engulfed surrounding Oregon communities with little warning.

Narrated by MacGregor Stephenson.

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