The Role of Faith in Disasters

by Michael Prasad -

Many faith-based organizations have disaster response and recovery components as major elements of their own missions. By partnering with governmental and nongovernmental organizations, faith-based groups can coordinate locally to support response and restoration efforts, as well as provide mental health and spiritual care when resources are critically needed.

A Communicator’s Overview of a Large-Scale Exercise

by Michael Montfort -

A June 2022 exercise challenged amateur radio operators with establishing a Communications Unit with no power or pre-positioned equipment. The exercise was successful, but the key takeaways are already helping to improve collaboration and communications throughout the region.

Earthquakes & Pandemic – Keeping People Fed Amid Crises

by Zsofia Pasztor & Szabolcs Pasztor -

Even though food is necessary for survival, it is not common to see agricultural workers at a disaster training exercise. However, one organization demonstrates why training these volunteers with emergency preparedness and response skills is essential for future large-scale disasters.

Lessons From Leading Virtual Operations

by Jennifer Pearsall -

Over the past two and a half years, most emergency preparedness professionals experienced some level of virtual work, even at emergency operations centers (EOC). And it appears that some aspects of working virtually is here to stay – including during a response. This article describes some lessons learned from one emergency manager tasked with running a virtual EOC.

Chemical Sector Perspectives

by Patrick Coyle -

The Chemical Sector is one of 16 sectors identified as critical infrastructure under the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency. Domestic Preparedness invited one subject matter expert to answer important questions about this sector and how the sector and its interdependencies can affect any community.

Tribal Nations Test Their Communications Capabilities

by Bruce Fitzgerald -

A 9.0-magnitude earthquake is a predictable scenario along the Cascadia Subduction Zone. This article describes how the tribal nations in the Pacific Northwest are preparing their region for this catastrophic event. This exercise allowed tribal and non-tribal participants to evaluate their resources and test their communications capabilities.

Building Resource Capacity – Start Now

by Andrew Altizer & Timothy Murphy -

Building resource capacity involves research, planning, and execution that should begin now. Identifying potential dangers, considering “what if” scenarios, capitalizing on other events and incidents, and overcoming barriers are key components for building resilient communities. This article explains how to get started.

Respecting Tribal Emergency Management

by John Pennington -

Emergency management professionals are tasked with making their communities more resilient to future threats and disasters. However, emergency management leaders and their organizations must adjust and adapt to more than just response scenarios. For tribal emergency managers, this means following the principles that define an evolving emergency management fields while also navigating additional bureaucratic obstacles and adhering to their distinct cultural traditions and protocols.

Credentialing a Nation’s Volunteer Responder Network

by Patty Ridings -

Catastrophic earthquakes and a desire for residents to help their neighbors inspired the creation of Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT). Since its creation in 1986, CERT has become a nationwide program that continues to evolve. This article describes how a new digital solution is closing the credentialing gap between citizen responders and emergency services agencies to enhance whole-community resilience.

Successful Application – Virtual Emergency Operations Center

by Judy Kruger & Kyle Overly -

Before 2019, partner agencies coordinated incident command primarily from a physical emergency operations center (EOC). This practice shifted to virtual EOCs during the COVID-19 pandemic for many agencies. Virtual EOCs can effectively address community needs through all phases of consequence management. Emergency management and partner agencies have found virtual on-scene coordination efficient, cost-effective, and flexible.