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Article Out Loud – Local Security: The Forgotten Factor in Relief Operations

  By Joseph W. Trindal, An Article Out Loud Flashback from Domestic Preparedness, originally published on February 24, 2010. The 2010 earthquake in Haiti exposed many weaknesses in the local infrastructure. Learn how security gaps and concerns presented even more problems for the relief effort. Narrated by Elisa DeLeon. Listen

Law Enforcement’s Tsunami of Change 2021

Throughout 2020 many public institutions have been tested Many did not rise to the occasion and embrace the challenges Many did not exhibit the domestic preparedness stance that they spent years portraying law enforcement was no exception This podcast is the conclusion to a four part article series on The

The New Age of Police Reform – Part 4

It is yet to be determined if the intense calls for police reform and social justice are principally fueled by a contentious presidential election year or if the momentum behind public pressure for change will withstand political uncertainty Building public pressure for police reform has transcended the political parties in

The New Age of Police Reform – Part 3

Accountability and transparency are prominent features of modern police reform Yet the concepts and structures for holding police accountable trace back to the origins of modern democratic police service in London UK A key motivation for creating public police service was the lack of accountability afforded by private police services

The New Age of Police Reform – Part 2

During the years leading up to 2020 the policing profession has faced many challenges attracting talent and retaining experience particularly among sworn officers A robust national economy as evidenced by exceptionally low unemployment had been one contributing factor to diminished applicant interest in the police profession In 2017 and 2019

The New Age of Police Reform – Part 1

As if the first two decades of the 21st century were not dynamic enough the first year of the third decade has impacted every person on multiple levels While the viral pandemic continues to affect every profession health care professionals around the world are dramatically reassessing their service delivery models

Law Enforcement’s Perfect Storm 2020

Law enforcement is having a perfect storm with challenges in hiring challenges in retention and challenges with early retirement This podcast is a follow up to a discussion that began in January 2017 with Joseph Trindal Joe leads a team of retired federal state and local criminal justice officials providing

Law Enforcement’s Perfect Storm 2020

Law enforcement is having a perfect storm with challenges in hiring challenges in retention and challenges with early retirement This podcast is a follow up to a discussion that began in January 2017 with Joseph Trindal Joe leads a team of retired federal state and local criminal justice officials providing

Autonomous Vehicle Training Challenges for Law Enforcement

In the early morning hours of Saturday 1 December 2018 a California Highway Patrol CHP unit observed a Gray Tesla Model S traveling southbound on US 101 at about 70 mph The CHP unit a two officer patrol pulled alongside of the Tesla and noticed that the single driver occupant
Tanks with gas being transported by rail at sunset

Emerging Threats to Rail Infrastructure: Part I, Freight

There is a desire for some bad actors to target rail systems especially the hazardous materials freight rail network This threat underscores the need for the rail transportation industry to maintain and strengthen partnerships with federal state and local authorities

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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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