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Article Out Loud-NARCAN: THE SPRAY THAT SAVES

  A pharmacist and member of a Disaster Medical Assistance Team shares his personal account of the challenges his team overcame when responding to Hurricane Katrina in this 2005 article. Listen on

Article Out Loud – Staying Ahead of ‘The Big One’

Having an expandable plan reinforced by and during daily operations is the best way to prepare for the next major disaster The planning model described in this 2013 article was as invaluable then as it is today

Article Out Loud – Green Building Plus Greater Safety Equals Survival

Whether building a house or an entire community the emphasis on lowering the carbon footprint and or reducing energy costs could and should be complemented by off the grid considerations and a broad spectrum of disaster resistant features more needed today than ever before

Article Out Loud – Special Facilities – More Than Just Shelters

Emergency managers are tasked with creating disaster plans to protect the people within their jurisdictions With numerous possible scenarios any disaster may require the establishment of special facilities to provide sheltering vaccinations and other emergency services to the public

Article Out Loud – Evacuation Planning: A Long, Long Way to Go

The laws are in place but are often unenforceable Transportation assets are available but are almost always overcommitted Clear mandates from local state and federal decision makers are obviously needed to restore order from the current chaos

Adrift – The No-Win Scenario in Responder Training

In a training scenario a lose lose situation may make a lasting impression on students but does little to improve the decision making skills of the responders Regularly faced with making life or death decisions emergency responders should receive training that includes no win as well as winnable alternatives thus

Data-Driven Decisions – Lies & Statistics

As the old saying goes there are 8220 lies damned lies and statistics 8221 The reality of how statistical data is gathered compared and used can make the decision making process more difficult In emergency medical services setting the bar based on available statistics affects both lives and budgets so

Community Paramedicine – Bringing the Hospital Home

As hospitals fill with patients and the cost of medical care rises the use of community paramedicine also may increase To fill the gap between routine doctor visits and emergency transport to hospitals communities have the opportunity to expand the use of highly trained paramedics to better serve their populations

‘Old-School’ Response to Medical Emergencies

This current emergency medical services EMS dispatch and response process has evolved significantly over the past few decades A dispatcher records the details of a 911 call in a web based application That information flows through a computer terminal into an ambulance The unit responds using directions from a global

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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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