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Today’s ‘New’ Maritime World – Threats & Risks

The International Maritime Bureau has reported that as of 15 April 2013 there have been 76 attacks and four hijackings on the world 8217 s oceans and other waterways since the start of the year Three maritime experts share their collective knowledge of piracy attacks in today 8217 s world

Shipboard Emergencies – 1000 Miles From Nowhere

In 1990 a cruise ship travelling from Norway to Denmark 8211 the Scandinavian Star 8211 turned into a 8220 floating fireball 8221 within 45 minutes after a small hallway fire erupted resulting in 158 deaths Better ship construction and new maritime training standards target such disasters and help prevent future

The Growing Complexities of Port Rescue Operations

Disaster response operations are always risky and almost always complicated The risks and complications are demonstrably much greater though when the incident occurs in a major port which is already a dangerous place to work and in addition has in recent years become a particularly attractive target for terrorists

USCG’s Small-Vessel Security Strategy Ready for Launch

It might look like a yacht and might even maneuver like a yacht But it could be instead a cleverly disguised missile launcher in yacht 8217 s clothing entering New York Harbor or coming up the Potomac to strike a new blow for Islamic fundamentalism and against the wicked American

Port Recovery in Haiti: The Initial Stages

The Resolve Marine Group played a key role in helping to clear the shattered harbor area in Port au Prince and make it possible to bring ashore thousands of tons of food fuel medicines and medical supplies and the numerous other life saving essentials so desperately needed by the Haitian

Responding to Incidents in a Neighboring Port

The U S port system is huge complex and immensely important to the nation 8217 s economy and to homeland security The 24 7 protection of that system is an extremely difficult task and usually involves a host of different organizations and agencies working in close cooperation with one another

TWIC Program Close to Full Implementation

Most U S ports are now safer from sabotage and terrorist attacks than ever before in recent years The safety imperative will soon be upgraded even more when the new Transportation Workers Identification Card regulations become SOP at all of the nation 8217 s ports

Situational Awareness the Key: Deterring Pirate Attacks Against Merchant Ships

Pirates have been sailing the seas of the world from time immemorial. What some historians call the “golden age” of piracy started in the 16th century and continued into the 18th century. Perhaps the most successful and best known of the pirate crews during that period were the Barbary Corsairs,

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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 – 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

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