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Fixing America’s Healthcare Supply Chain

The buildup to World War II illustrated the negative effect that huge wartime demand for medical supplies equipment and pharmaceuticals had on public and private healthcare systems in the United States After the war the Defense Logistics Agency DLA began building and pre positioning federally owned medical materiel in storage

Leader “Buy In” Is Not Enough in Emergency Management

Too many elected leaders are not taking the leadership role in developing, reviewing, and implementing their emergency management programs. Many plans have been published by jurisdictions, only to be discarded when it is time to put those plans into action. During disasters, jurisdiction leaders are implementing ad-hoc plans that are

From Hysteria to Complacency, Then Back Again

With recent urgent stories about the coronavirus it seemed to be just a matter of time for the nation to revert to hysteria Instead of a calm resolute culture of preparedness there has been a PowerGlide of public sentiment In the 1960s many Chevrolet automobiles had a PowerGlide transmission with

Letter to the Publisher & Poll

Dear DomPrep Readers,On Wednesday, January 1, 2020, I published a six month review along with a publisher message.  I received a thought provoking reply from Mr. James Rush that I need to share with you.  Jim is very well known and respected in the Emergency Management arena and is a

Post-Disaster Death Figures Do Not Tell the Whole Story

In any disaster there is a cost beyond the immediate mortality figures following a disaster due to a lack of proper medical supplies and treatment in mass care shelters The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention publishes a weekly Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report which serves as a clearinghouse for

Meeting Healthcare Supply Chain Needs at All Times

The healthcare industry has numerous supply chain challenges as it strives to meet patient and facility needs during routine operations as well as during small and large surge events The current process has gaps that need to be filled However there is a possible solution

Excess Equipment Sales & Potential National Security Threats

Low probability high consequence situations such as mass fatality events often stress or overwhelm local response capabilities within a very short timeframe The ability to handle these situations differs greatly depending on the size of the jurisdiction affected and its readily available resources New York State Division of Homeland Security

Gap Analysis – A Long and Winding Process

Disaster planning is difficult time consuming sometimes boring 8211 but also absolutely necessary And in the long run it conserves resources permits the most efficient use of the usually limited medical staff available and saves a lot of lives

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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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