Article Out Loud - Four Takeaways From the Nashville Christmas Bombing

by ROBERT F. KELLY & DEAN C. ALEXANDER, An Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness Journal.

The Nashville Christmas bombing provides valuable lessons about targeted violence incidents. This research on pre-attack indicators shares four key takeaways for law enforcement and other preparedness professionals to understand regarding lone wolf and leaderless resistance attacks. Knowing other pre-attack indicators may help thwart a future attack even when the motive is unknown.

Narrated by MacGregor Stephenson. 

Article Out Loud - Teleforensic Tools – From Telemedicine to Law Enforcement

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

Telemedicine capabilities have become valuable medical tools to provide life-saving treatment to patients where and when needed. Similarly, off-site skills and knowledge can be transferred to on-site law enforcement personnel through teleforensics to identify and thwart threats, while increasing crime clearances. This article describes how expanding capabilities, identifying needs, delivering instructions, and facilitating remote applications are examples of technology serving as a force multiplier across disciplines.

Narrated by MacGregor Stephenson. 

Article Out Loud - Preparing for Extreme Weather Events

By KAY C. GOSS, An Article Out Loud Flashback from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, March 19, 2014. 

This 2014 article stated, described the wide variety of natural disasters that various parts of the world had recently experienced. The author's prediction that the frequency and cost of such events would continue to increase is demonstrated in the $1-billion events since 1980 rising from 151 in 2014 to 323 in 2022. Review these lessons learned and take advantage of ongoing learning opportunities to better prepare for the next extreme weather event.

Narrated by Randy Vivian. 

Article Out Loud - Technology Behind the Next Heat Emergency

By TASHAWN BROWN, An Article Out Loud Flashback from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, August 15, 2018.

In 2017, the National Weather Service reported 107 fatalities across the United States related to heat – more than the deaths related to tornados, hurricanes, and cold weather combined. In 2021, that number was 190. Revisit this 2018 article to learn how New York has been helping local emergency management agencies work closely with the National Weather Service and other agencies and organizations to monitor extreme heat and related threats that can affect local communities.

Narrated by Randy Vivian. 

Article Out Loud - Public Health Preparedness– Finding Its Path Forward

by RAPHAEL M. BARISHANSKY, An Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness Journal

Public health preparedness has emerged and matured as a distinct discipline since the events of 9/11 and the subsequent Ameri-thrax attacks. Although, in the past, public health agencies were pushed to the forefront of various emergencies, the planning and infrastructure for public health emergency response were not funded and not in place until after 2001. This article describes the gaps that need to be addressed as the discipline continues to face public health emergencies worldwide.

Narrated by MacGregor Stephenson. 


Article Out Loud - Making Communications a Predictable Lifeline Solution

by CHARLES GUDDEMI, An Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness Journal.

Community lifelines ensure that businesses and the government can continue functioning and society can thrive. However, a breakdown in daily operations is inevitable when one or more lifeline is lost. In communications, this means a disruption in technology that has become interwoven into societal norms – talking, texting, data transfer, social media, etc. This article shares possible solutions to the predictable loss of the communications lifeline.

Narrated by MacGregor Stephenson. 

Article Out Loud - Lone Wolves – Finding the Red Flags

By RICHARD SCHOEBERL & DANIEL SCHERR, An Article Out Loud Flashback from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, October 18, 2017.

“Lone wolf” attacks like the Highland Park shooting at a July 4th parade continue to represent significant threats to communities as well as national security. Whether ideologically or non-ideologically inspired, mass shootings resulting in 10 or more fatalities have occurred more than 15 times over the past 10 years. Written soon after the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, this 2017 article shares the challenges communities face in identifying potential lone wolf attacks.

Narrated by Randy Vivian. 

Article Out Loud - Preparedness Perspective – Active Shooters & Lone Wolves

By THOMAS J. LOCKWOOD & PETER LAPORTE, An Article Out Loud Flashback from the Domestic Preparedness Journal,  October 26, 2016. 

Various drills and exercises highlight efforts to protect communities against various types of attacks involving transportation, buildings, historic sites, sporting events, and so on. Attacks and hostage-taking incidents around the world expose vulnerabilities that need to be assessed in all communities to determine: what they need to drill, who they need to train, and how they will collaborate across jurisdictions. The lessons learned in this 2016 article are as important today as they were more than five years ago.

Narrated by Randy Vivian. 

"Boot Camp" for Emergency Managers

In most fields, basic training is part of the learning process. Fire, law enforcement, the military, and other disciplines have training academies for building competencies and testing new recruits. An exception to these types of requirements is the field of emergency management. This new training academy will ensure that all emergency managers are trained to the same standards regardless how much boots-on-the-ground experience they bring with them.


Article Out Loud - Local Heroes Helping Their Fellow Citizens With Disabilities

By STEPHEN M. THAL & WILLIAM H. AUSTIN, An Article Out Loud Flashback from the Domestic Preparedness Journal,  May 22, 2013.

July marks the 32nd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This 2013 article describes the challenges that people with disabilities faced after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The storm left many people without basic resources, but less publicized was the fact that a number of citizens suffering from various disabilities were transported without their wheelchairs and/or other equipment and devices required to meet their needs. Trainers with real-world experiences began helping first responders lessen the impact on these citizens in future disasters.

Narrated by MacGregor Stephenson.