by RODNEY ANDREASEN, An Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness Journal.
Active shooter trainings can help prevent some injuries and deaths. However, additional measures should also be taken to prevent the attack from occurring. This article describes how to apply environmental design to thwart attackers.
By WILL BREWER, PEGGY BERGERON, AND WAYNE BERGERON, An Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness Journal.
How have recent school shootings impacted future K-12 educators and what new skills will help better prepare them for potential threats? One study at the University of North Alabama combined training and research to answer this question.
by CHARLES (CHAS) EBY, An Article Out Loud Flashback from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, October 23, 2013.
Public health is a concern for all citizens, but the preparedness efforts for public health emergencies provide information primarily to that sector. Members of the private sector and/or other "non-public health organizations" should take the additional steps needed to help ensure that continuity of operations plans are in place before a major health emergency develops.
by CRAIG DEATLEY, An Article Out Loud Flashback from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, July 08, 2015.
Functional exercises are invaluable for helping participants understand their roles in disasters. This is particularly true for participants who normally are not included in interagency exercises, such as behavioral health personnel. Triaging following a disaster should not stop at the physical level, but should consider psychological concerns as well.
By KRISTINA L. HAMILTON, An Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, December 07, 2022.
Volunteers are a lifeline for many nonprofit organizations and for-profit companies during emergencies and disasters. However, recruiting and retaining good volunteers can be difficult. This article shares some simple strategies and tools for any emergency preparedness professional seeking to build and maintain a strong volunteer force.
By ANNE MARIE SMITH, An Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, December 07, 2022.
An enterprise data management program emphasizes the importance of managing information as an asset and protecting it from misuse or loss. Knowing the landscape of data and how to manage it is critical to an organization’s recovery and sustainability after a disaster. This article explains the need to coordinate data management with emergency planning.
By STEVEN MAYNARD, An Article Out Loud Flashback from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, August 20, 2014.
The adaptability of the Incident Command System makes it a valuable tool for a variety of agencies and organizations. During fire incidents, for example, fatality rates at healthcare facilities such as nursing and assisted living homes could be reduced if proper procedures are in place for managing the special needs of these vulnerable populations.
By DANA PITTS, An Article Out Loud Flashback from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, June 26, 2013.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in six Americans suffer from food poisoning each year; most of those cases are attributed to familiar pathogens like Salmonella. However, the deadliest U.S. foodborne disease outbreak in nearly a century was caused by a lesser known, but much more fatal bacteria in 2011 - Listeria monocytogenes.
by MARK J. MISCZAK, An Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, November 23, 2022.
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.
By ROBERT J. (BOB) ROLLER, An Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, November 23, 2022.
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.