EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

Building a Strong Emergency-Management Profession

  It is an exciting time to be an emergency manager, with opportunities to support the profession in moving to the next level. In that regard, Dr. Cortez Lawrence, the superintendent of the Emergency Management Institute (EMI – a branch of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA) asked Dr. Wayne Blanchard, the director of FEMA’s Higher Education Program, to convene a group of eight or so professional emergency managers from state and local jurisdictions,…

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Helping First Responders & the Public Bring Home Missing Kids

  Over the years, society has faced increasing threats that have become more diverse and severe, making them more easily accessible to those with malicious intent. From insider threats to transnational cyber criminals and nation-states, these dangers pose a significant risk to critical infrastructure and public safety, creating a charged
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Covenant School – Reviewing Another Tragic Shooting

March 2023 saw four school shootings, with the shooting at the Covenant School in Nashville, Tennessee, serving as the deadliest and garnering the most media attention. With so much coverage, focus, and effort to counter school shootings since Columbine, it raises the question of why the United States still has so many
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The DoD Defense Coordinating Element and How It Is Certified

While the main mission of the defense coordinating element (DCE) is defending the homeland, Department of Defense (DoD) capabilities can be important in supporting citizens in case of major disasters such as hurricanes, earthquakes, and the like. This article describes the mission and composition of the DCE and how Army
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Biosafety Laboratory Issues and Failures

Concerns regarding unexpected biological incidents and their public health implications were discussed in a 2014 Domestic Preparedness biosecurity and bioterrorism article. From the improper possession and storage of decades-old live smallpox virus in a former Food and Drug Administration laboratory (lab) on the National Institute of Health (NIH) campus to

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A National Plan to Link Response and Recovery

Federal government-wide disaster planning dates to the Cold War-era Federal Response Plan (FRP) and similar documents that described how the United States would respond to

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Building a Strong Emergency-Management Profession

  It is an exciting time to be an emergency manager, with opportunities to support the profession in moving to the next level. In that regard, Dr. Cortez Lawrence, the superintendent of the Emergency Management Institute (EMI – a branch of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA) asked Dr. Wayne Blanchard, the director of FEMA’s Higher Education Program, to convene a group of eight or so professional emergency managers from state and local jurisdictions,…

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The Pony Express Rides Again

In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, health care providers and facilities, local jurisdictions, and state agencies struggled to

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Maintaining a Strong Volunteer Force

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

Find Chances to Make Positive Changes

Emergency preparedness and response professionals willingly insert themselves into many emergencies and disasters that they could have avoided in other professions. However, they use these

“Moneyball” for the Wildland Fire System

The wildfire management community has made great strides incorporating new decision support tools into how it plans for and responds to wildfire incidents. Despite improvements

PPD-44: Implications for Domestic Incident Management

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

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