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Article Out Loud – UTMB: From Disaster Planning to Long-Term Recovery

This 2010 article describes how the University of Texas Medical Branch UTMB used the lessons learned from Hurricanes Rita in 2005 and Ike in 2008 to develop an effective response and rebuilding plan that not only has been used by UTMB itself to cope with future disasters but also provides

Fortifying the Financial Infrastructure

There is no way to prevent weather disasters from happening but advance planning frequent training drills and exercises and rapid communications can save lives and reduce damage to infrastructure Under the 8220 Homeowner 8221 bill that same combination of managerial tools can also be used to reduce the response and

Emergency Management in 2013

Emergency management can be one of the most challenging but at the same time exceptionally rewarding fields of human endeavor As unexpected crises and natural disasters become more numerous and more intense the need for a strong coordinated and well resourced emergency management infrastructure in place is absolutely imperative

UTMB: From Disaster Planning to Long-Term Recovery

Established in 1891 as the Medical Department of the University of Texas and housed in a single building with a class of 23 students, the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB Health) today is a sprawling and modern health science center with an annual budget of $1.5 billion. Home to

James Lee Witt, CEO, James Lee Witt Associates

The former FEMA administrator discusses the agency 8217 s reorganization process the proposed establishment of a national catastrophic insurance fund FEMA 8217 s working relationship with the ARC and the rationale for upgrading the agency to cabinet level

James Lee Witt, CEO, James Lee Witt Associates

The former FEMA administrator discusses the agency 8217 s reorganization process the proposed establishment of a national catastrophic insurance fund FEMA 8217 s working relationship with the ARC and the rationale for upgrading the agency to cabinet level

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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 – 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

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