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Chemical Weapons, Now the Norm

The recent assassination of North Korea 8217 s Kim Jong Nam raises questions about the VX nerve agent which could affect emergency responders who have not been recently trained or have not come in direct contact with this deadly chemical On Thursday 2 March 2017 DomPrep hosted a 30 minute

The History & Reality of the National Guard

The Maryland National Guard was recently activated to quell the riot induced violence in Baltimore The National Guard s roles responsibilities powers and chain of command differ significantly from other military components in that they provide military services to support overwhelmed civil authorities under the command and control of the

Military & Civilian Resources: Doing More With Less

The civil unrest in Ferguson Missouri has raised questions about the transfer of Department of Defense DOD resources to nonmilitary law enforcement agencies However the answers to these questions require some background information about the DOD 1033 program and the equipment used on the streets in Saint Louis County

The Real NCIS: An Interview With Thomas Betro

The Naval Criminal Investigative Service 8217 s NCIS former Director Thomas Betro provides insights on how to keep the U S homeland safe from both physical threats and cyberthreats He shares information specific to NCIS 8217 s responsibilities technologies and efforts to protect against cyber piracy and insider threats

An Interview With the Honorable Paul McHale

The former Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense and Americas 8217 Security Affairs provides his own nonpartisan insights on the current state of U S homeland defense comments on progress made as well as gaps that still need to be filled and recommendations for better protecting the U S

An Interview with The Honorable Tom Ridge

The former DHS Secretary provides his own nonpartisan insights on the current state of U S emergency preparedness comments on many areas of progress 8211 and some gaps still to be filled 8211 and offers a number of helpful short and long term recommendations for the future

Whole-Body Imaging: A Safe Alternative to the ‘Pat Down’

Several myths to the contrary notwithstanding the new WBI passenger screening booths installed at U S airports to improve in flight security are not only extremely safe but also both visually and morally unobjectionable For those not convinced there are other options including a quick and unobtrusive pat down 8211

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Article Out Loud – Elegant Community Preparation

  Full article by Aaron Titus, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, May 8, 2024. In this feature article, the executive director for Crisis Cleanup shares how elegant community preparation offers a process that simplifies disaster planning efforts for community members. Communities need to prepare together and focus on

Article Out Loud – Navigating the Seismic Dance: Preparedness in the Ring of Fire

  Full article by Alicia Johnson, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, May 8, 2024. In this feature article, an emergency manager with extensive experience in risk communications and public affairs informs readers about the multifaceted nature of earthquake risks and delineates the indispensable role organizations play in mitigating

Article Out Loud – National Security: A Range of Threats

  Full article by Anthony Mottola and Richard Schoeberl, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, May 1, 2024. In this feature article, two law enforcement and counterterrorism experts discuss the growing threats from organized foreign terrorist groups to homegrown terrorists inspired by them. Members of the intelligence community have

Article Out Loud – Sustaining Those Working in Disasters

  Full article by Jolie Wills, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, April 24, 2024. In this featured article, a cognitive scientist and psychosocial disaster recovery specialist emphasizes the importance of supporting those working in emergency response roles before, during, and after emergencies and disasters. Leaders and their teams

Article Out Loud – Mental Awareness to Enhance Preparedness

  Full article by Andrew (Andy) Altizer, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, April 17, 2024. In this featured article, an emergency manager with military experience points out that emergency managers, public health officials, and first responders often stress the importance of physical fitness, but sometimes neglect mental fitness.

Article Out Loud – Primary Care Investments to Increase Community Resilience

  Full article by Angie Im, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, April 17, 2024. In this featured article, a healthcare research and policy expert describes the importance of community health centers and their impact on community resilience. These medical lifelines for millions of Americans are facing financial and

Article Out Loud – The Missing Plague Vials

  Full article by Robert C. Hutchinson, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, April 17, 2024. In this featured article, an experienced federal agent shares a true story of missing bubonic plague vials, an airport bomb threat, and other suspicious activities that demonstrate continued national and homeland security vulnerabilities

Article Out Loud – The “R” Word

  Full article by George Schwartz, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, April 10, 2024. In this featured article, an associate professor at Immaculata University addresses the challenge of defining resilience and the need to go beyond hazard mitigation. With 2024 being the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s “Year of Resilience,”

Article Out Loud – Dungeons and Disasters: Gamification of Public Health Responses

  Full article by Michael Etzel and Michael Prasad, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, April 10, 2024. In this featured article, two emergency managers describe how advanced technologies are offering new ways to train personnel, exercise public health responses like COVID-19, and prepare response agencies for many other

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