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.
This report presents a culture-based approach to the preparedness goals laid out in the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s 2018-2022 Strategic Plan. The plan describes four guiding principles for building cultures of preparedness, followed by practical strategies and examples that demonstrate successful outcomes in real-world settings.
These guidelines were developed as part of ongoing preparedness for all hazards. They are intended to support fire, emergency medical services, and hospital staff in the medical management of patients if an incident occurs involving a fourth generation agent (FGA, also known as A-series or Novichok nerve agents), such as the one used in the United Kingdom in 2018.
The Global Risks Report 2019, drawing on the perspectives of experts and global decision-makers, provides an opportunity to place the global risk landscape into context at the beginning of the year and identify priority areas for action in 2019.
Our nation faces diverse and evolving health security threats that have the potential to disrupt our public health and health care systems and inflict injury and loss of life on our people. The National Health Security Strategy (NHSS) provides a vision for strengthening our nation’s ability to prevent, detect, assess, prepare for, mitigate, respond to, and recover from 21st century health security threats.
The Federal Commission on School Safety was established to review safety practices and make meaningful and actionable recommendations of best practices to keep students safe. The Commission conducted field visits, listening sessions, and meetings with state and local policymakers, administrators, principals and teachers, law enforcement and healthcare professionals, students and their families to identify best practices and make the recommendations contained in this report.
The President’s National Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIAC) was tasked to examine the nation’s ability to respond to and recover from a catastrophic power outage of a magnitude beyond modern experience, exceeding prior events in severity, scale, duration, and consequence. This report contains recommended solutions that reduce risks and improve security and resilience.
The United States faces a complex array of threats to our national security, including our political, economic, military, and social systems. A House committee report accompanying a bill for the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018 included a provision for the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) to identify emerging threats of high national security consequence. This report is a public version of a classified report that GAO issued on September 28, 2018.