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Technical Assistance for Healthcare System Preparedness

The mission of the U S Department of Health and Human Services HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response ASPR is to save lives and protect Americans from 21st century health security threats by leading the nation s medical and public health preparedness for response to and

Public Health’s Role Beyond Biologicals

Public health s role is often synonymous with biological events such as Ebola H1N1 and SARS but the field of public health offers many capabilities that are relevant to chemical radiological nuclear and explosive events as well To leverage these capabilities a joint effort from the federal state and local

Disaster Preparedness & Response Require Having Faith

With people regularly attending services each week at faith based organizations around the world these organizations must have plans in place to provide safe egress of large crowds of attendees from their buildings on a regular basis Much can be learned from and implemented into such organizations to provide greater

Public Health Emergencies – Looking Toward the Future

In January 2014 the Institute of Medicine IOM Forum on Medical and Public Health Preparedness for Catastrophic Events released a white paper listing seven recommendations to enhance the sustainability of preparedness efforts in the United States The IOM paper reflects on relevant past accomplishments the current state of public health

Importance of the Global Health Security Agenda

Increased intercontinental travel and increased biological pandemic and other disease threats mean that countries must effectively cooperate and communicate to prevent the spread of disease within and between interconnected communities The Global Health Security helps bring together global partners and address key issues related to preventing detecting and responding to

Ready & Able – But Not Always Willing

Public health agencies play a central role in responding to many different types of manmade and natural emergency situations including but not limited to outbreaks of pandemic influenza biological attacks radiological incidents events and extreme weather emergencies Unfortunately the increased number of multi casualty incidents in recent years e g

Radiological Emergencies – Public Health Responsibilities/Challenges

  Over the past decade, U.S. public health agencies (local, state, and federal) have seen an increase of responsibility in preparing for, responding to, recovering from, and mitigating emergencies. In addition to planning for responses to naturally occurring disease outbreaks, these agencies are often key partners in responding to weather

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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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