The use of fire as a weapon is consistently reflected in terrorist propaganda. The use of fire does not require sophisticated planning or capability by an attacker, which makes this an attractive method to cause harm to people and property. The use of fire as a weapon is unpredictable and may have few observable indicators. However, careful attention to warning signs could aid in mitigating a potential incident.
“Building and Measuring Community Resilience: Actions for Communities and the Gulf Research Program” summarizes the existing portfolio of relevant or related resilience measurement efforts and notes gaps and challenges associated with them. It describes how some communities build and measure resilience and offers four key actions that communities could take to build and measure their resilience in order to address gaps identified in current community resilience measurement efforts.
The 2017 hurricane season devastated many areas of the nation, several repeatedly. After Hurricane Irma struck the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI), many patients were evacuated to Puerto Rico (PR) to ensure continuity of care. Once Hurricane Maria ravaged PR, however, many USVI residents were evacuated a second time, including renal dialysis patients. This document discusses evacuation from a federal patient movement perspective.
This report considers the extraterritorial efforts of U.S. law enforcement in counterproliferation-related activities and their implications. The following topics are discussed: how the United States contends with violations of its trade controls of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) in overseas jurisdictions; the implications for broader U.S. and international nonproliferation efforts; and wider international security and economic concerns.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has made progress addressing challenges that the U.S. Government Accountability Office previously identified to managing the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards program. This report summarizes progress made and challenges remaining in key aspects of the program.
In October 2018, the FEMA National Advisory Council Integrated Public Alert and Warning System Subcommittee provided the National Advisory Council (NAC) with a report for an integrated public alert and warning system. The NAC considered and voted on 17 recommendations in a session held during its public meeting on 7 November 2018. This report contains the 14 recommendations that the NAC approved.
This report from Disability Rights North Carolina provides a snapshot of the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Florence and the status of people with disabilities. Although North Carolina has made significant strides in addressing issues affecting people with disabilities since Hurricane Matthew in 2016, it is clear that federal, state, and local emergency management officials must do more ensure the well-being of people with disabilities during natural disasters.
The Ready or Not: Protecting the Public’s Health From Diseases, Disasters and Bioterrorism series has tracked public health emergency preparedness in the United States since 2003. The series documents progress in the nation’s level of preparedness as well as those areas still in need of improvement.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) State-Led Public Assistance Guide provides clear and streamlined guidance on the processes, resources, and capabilities required for recipients to lead public assistance operations. This guidance outlines the process for recipients and FEMA to determine if and under what conditions recipients may elect to perform certain public assistance disaster grant functions.
This issuance establishes policy and assigns responsibilities for the Department of Defense (DoD) Biological Select Agents and Toxins (BSAT) Security Program and designates the Secretary of the Army as the DoD Executive Agent for the program.