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Catastrophic Planning vs. Conventional Disaster Planning

Since 9 11 and Katrina significant federal funding has been invested in planning for similar incidents and events that may or may not happen in the future Meanwhile state and local planners must focus their efforts on the incidents most likely to occur within their own jurisdictions This approach seems

A Practical Approach to Achieving Resilience

The term 8220 resilience 8221 is often used but not always understood By implementing the practices of business continuity risk analysis and management engineered systems and supply chain management using whole of community efforts the public and private sectors can find a common language and work toward achieving true resilience

Lightweight Networks – Enabling the Homeland Security Enterprise

One of the geniuses of 8220 the American system 8221 is the frequently complex working relationships between the federal branch of government and the private sector More than two centuries of experience show that coordination cooperation and collaboration continue to be the keys to eventual success 8211 despite some complications

National Preparedness Grants – Strategies for Investment Reductions

The current debate over the national debt is a stern reminder that even in politics and economics what goes up will almost always also come down The same is true for the funding provided for DHS HHS preparedness grants 8211 which are now starting to decline in both size and

Private Sector Language: Resilience & the Supply Chain Element

Bureaucratic Abstractions vs Private Sector Certitudes 8211 that is one of the more difficult problems it says here behind at least some of the 8220 communications difficulties 8221 between public and private sector resilience professionals Merging the two vocabularies would be a common sense way to remove some current obstacles

FINAL REPORT: PS-Prep Is It Relevant?

The DP40 and DomPrep readers assessed their opinions on their understanding or interest of the PS Prep Program The results suggest that these communities do not yet have the understanding necessary to successfully implement the PS Prep Program

Resilience: Developing Professionalism, Clarifying the Incentives

The QHSR the BUR NFPA and PS Prep are marching in lockstep in their combined efforts to upgrade the nation 8217 s awareness of resilience as a primary goal of preparedness planning training and implementation Here are some helpful guidelines that political decision makers budget managers and operating professionals alike

Leadership and Stewardship in Microeconomic Decision-Making

Protection of the nation 8217 s 8220 critical infrastructure 8221 has long been one of the highest priorities of senior officials at all levels of government After 9 11 response and recovery started to receive equal billing Now comes belated recognition that 8220 resilience 8221 also is needed 8211 and

FINAL REPORT: The Security of National Infrastructure

The DP40 and DomPrep readers where asked how they view the apparent transition from thinking in terms of critical infrastructure protection to thinking in terms of critical infrastructure resilience

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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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