Economic Landscape of Federal Public Access Policy

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) submits this report to the Appropriations Committees of the Senate and House of Representatives pursuant to the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2022. This report draws on current research and data available and information received through extensive engagement and consultation with diverse stakeholders, including publishers, federal agencies, and other organizations.

Successful Application – Virtual Emergency Operations Center

Before 2019, partner agencies coordinated incident command primarily from a physical emergency operations center (EOC). This practice shifted to virtual EOCs during the COVID-19 pandemic for many agencies. Virtual EOCs can effectively address community needs through all phases of consequence management. Emergency management and partner agencies have found virtual on-scene coordination efficient, cost-effective, and flexible.

How Natural Disasters Exacerbate Human Trafficking

Human trafficking is the world’s second-largest criminal industry. In the wake of natural disasters, the risk to vulnerable populations rises. This article informs preparedness and response professionals on how to better protect their communities and prepare their workforces to identify the signs of human trafficking, understand recruiting methods, consider pre-existing vulnerabilities, and learn other information to mitigate this growing threat.

Additional Progress Needed to Improve Information Sharing under the Cybersecurity Act of 2015

This review was conducted to evaluate the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency’s (CISA) progress in meeting the Cybersecurity Act’s requirements for 2019 and 2020. They recommend that CISA complete system upgrades, hire needed staff, encourage compliance with information sharing agreements and develop a formal reporting process with quality controls.

FEMA Releases First-Ever National Tribal Strategy

FEMA released a national tribal strategy — the agency’s first-ever — to better address its responsibilities to federally recognized tribal nations when responding to and preparing for disasters affecting tribal lands.

2022-2026 FEMA National Tribal Strategy

The National Tribal Strategy provides the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Tribal Nations with the necessary roadmap to pursue and achieve shared priorities to support tribal communities before, during and after disasters.

There Was a Pandemic Strategy and Plan

Effective trainings are ones where the participants remember and later implement what they learned into their daily operations. Not everyone knows how they would respond in a true emergency. However, some trainings provide a more realistic glimpse into disaster scenarios than others. This first-hand account describes what it was like for one participant inside a hospital training facility.

Hospital Response – A Personal Training Experience

Effective trainings are ones where the participants remember and later implement what they learned into their daily operations. Not everyone knows how they would respond in a true emergency. However, some trainings provide a more realistic glimpse into disaster scenarios than others. This first-hand account describes what it was like for one participant inside a hospital training facility.

Reduce Burnout & Increase Retention in Emergency Management

In emergency management (EM), the landscape of incoming professionals is evolving from second-career professionals to first-career college graduated practitioners. This change spotlights the difference between management and leadership and its effects on the retention and burnout of professionals. EM professionals see growth in organizations, with “projected growth between 2016 and 2026 to be around 8%” states Columbia Southern University. Issues and gaps inside the EM field or ecosystem become even more apparent when the severity of and damages related to an incident or event increase.
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