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Article Out Loud – Washington, D.C. – Fail Gracefully, Recover Quickly

In the nation 8217 s capital emergency managers identify hazards consider location specific elements and implement lessons learned from past incidents in order to create a robust preparedness plan for critical infrastructures including power and water Efforts in neighboring jurisdictions and private sector cooperation also contribute to the regional resilience

In Search of Infrastructure-Proof Emergency Alerts

The increased reliance on emergency text alerts to receive warnings of natural or manmade disasters is a capability that most people have come to expect Listening to broadcast radio warnings of severe weather happening miles away has transformed into more precise geo located alerts that target specific locations The benefits

Facial Recognition Making an Appearance in Public Safety

The use of facial recognition FR technologies to support public safety has long been considered a potent tool for law enforcement The capability to automatically identify persons of interest in real time has the potential to alert police of threats before an incident occurs Long considered a technology of science

Coastal Resilience Grants – States Left Holding the Sandbag

The federal Fiscal Year 2018 FY18 budget plan includes significant reductions to most domestic programs and a common theme across agencies appears to be the elimination of grant programs particularly those supporting environmental protection and monitoring Beyond reductions to the Environmental Protection Agency s budget other agencies involved in similar

Community Oriented Policing Under Fire

In the days leading up to the 2017 U S presidential inauguration word began to spread across the executive branch that significant cuts were coming to many domestic programs However reducing funding and resources for law enforcement could present challenges for established and future community oriented policing efforts

Lockdown at Washington College

When the decision was made to cancel es on Monday 16 November 2015 the week before the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday break Public Safety Director Gerald Jerry Roderick drew upon his many years of experience and planning on how to deal with a possible threat to Washington College campus in Chestertown

Running to the Police, Not Away From Them

Building sustainable communities is a long term effort that includes reestablishing positive relationships between police departments and the communities they serve Repairing these damaged relationships means changing the visual perception improving communication providing education and building awareness for the community members

Gyrocopters & Other Rapidly Developing Threats

On 15 April 2015 a 61 year old mailman from Florida breached restricted airspace over the nation s capital and landed a gyrocopter on the West lawn of the U S Capitol building Although this event did not involve explosives or other hazardous materials the next incident may not be

Washington, D.C. – Fail Gracefully, Recover Quickly

In the nation 8217 s capital emergency managers identify hazards consider location specific elements and implement lessons learned from past incidents in order to create a robust preparedness plan for critical infrastructures including power and water Efforts in neighboring jurisdictions and private sector cooperation also contribute to the regional resilience

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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

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

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