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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.
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Mental Awareness to Enhance Preparedness

Emergency managers public health officials and first responders often stress the importance of physical fitness but what about mental fitness Without focused mental agility in even one of the emergency management phases mistakes or subpar performance are likely Learn about this author s new acronym that can help prioritize mental

Making Planning Documents More Than Words on Paper

President Harry S. Truman once said, “I believe in plans big enough to meet a situation which we can’t possibly foresee now.” However, terms like big and comprehensive do not always equate to size. Something that is laborious and unread adds no value for those tasked with managing emergencies and disasters. However,

Article Out Loud – Reducing Weather Anxiety Among Emergency Managers

Imagine this scenario A tornado watch has been in effect for the past six hours The severe thunderstorm warning expires as the squall line passes over the area which escaped significant severe weather Although the Storm Prediction Center shows the area has been downgraded from enhanced to marginal the Day

Building Resource Capacity – Start Now

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

Article Out Loud – Building Resource Capacity – Start Now

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

Stop the Bleed Training for Immediate Responders

When an injury causes a life threatening bleed minutes matter There may not be enough time for first responders to arrive on the scene so immediate responders are needed Knowing how to respond to this type of injury and being able to stop the bleeding are skills that everyone should

Article Out Loud – Stop the Bleed Training for Immediate Responders

When an injury causes a life threatening bleed minutes matter There may not be enough time for first responders to arrive on the scene so immediate responders are needed Knowing how to respond to this type of injury and being able to stop the bleeding are skills that everyone should

Article Out Loud – Top 10 Habits for Better Crisis Preparedness

When time permits in depth quantitative research offers valuable information for disaster preparedness and response However the foundation of preparedness is rooted in the day to day activities that prevent small events from becoming big crises and help manage large events that cannot be avoided As such the following little

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Article Out Loud – Key Bridge Collapse: Unity of Effort

  Full article by Michael Prasad, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, May 22, 2024. In this feature article, a Certified Emergency Manager and senior research analyst provides an update on the unity of effort involved in the Francis Scott Key Bridge collapse effort in Baltimore, Maryland. Together, many

Article Out Loud – The Psychology of Crisis

  Full article by Mary Schoenfeldt, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, May 22, 2024. In this feature article, the board president of Green Cross Academy of Traumatology describes the psychological side of disasters and other impactful events as a critical component of crisis management. Many people still do

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 – 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

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