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Approach the Bench – Preparing Judges for Disasters & Emergencies

Underpinning any public health emergency response is a complex legal and regulatory framework Understanding the interplay between the legislative executive and judicial branches of government is key to ensure policies and actions are based on solid legal footing This podcast examines the role of the judicial branch and explores how

Hurricanes & Islands – One Year Later

During September 2017 two major Category 5 hurricanes impacted the U S Virgin Islands More than one year later the scope scale and magnitude of Hurricanes Irma and Maria are still being felt The three islands that make up the U S Virgin Islands St Thomas St Croix and St

Public Health Preparedness: Segment 2

In 2017 many natural and manmade disasters affected communities across the United States Each of these disasters posed many public health challenges including funding interagency and workforce issues Two subject matter experts Director Cheryl Petersen Kroeber from the Minnesota Department of Health s Center for Emergency Preparedness and Response and

Public Health Preparedness: Segment 1

In 2017 many natural and manmade disasters affected communities across the United States Each of these disasters posed many public health challenges including funding interagency and workforce issues Two subject matter experts Director Cheryl Petersen Kroeber from the Minnesota Department of Health s Center for Emergency Preparedness and Response and

Bringing Specialized Training to All Communities

Since 1998 the National Domestic Preparedness Consortium NDPC has been preparing first responders for a wide range of natural and human caused incidents Sponsored through the U S Department of Homeland Security Federal Emergency Management Agency DHS FEMA National Preparedness Directorate the NDPC includes seven training partner organizations each with

Protecting Food, Air, and Water: Environmental Health

On 22 March 2018 Domestic Preparedness Advisor Andrew Roszak spoke with Dr David Dyjack director of the National Environmental Health Association NEHA about the field of environmental health as it relates to disaster response and mitigation as well as overall community resilience Unlike public health which specializes in the social

MPAs & Disasters

With so many graduate degrees available it can sometimes be confusing to know which to pursue when entering the world of emergency and disaster preparedness and response Domestic Preparedness Advisor Andrew Roszak addressed one broad based degree that covers many areas critical for managing disasters In this podcast Dr Randolf

Hurricane Recovery – The Price of Paradise

On the morning of 10 September 2017 Irma made landfall in the Florida Keys as a Category 4 hurricane Mandatory evacuation pushed tens of thousands of people onto a two lane road Returning to the area following the storm introduced additional challenges for example fuel trucks having trouble entering housing

Post-Disaster Relief – An Army of Volunteers

Launched by Methodist minister William Booth and the East London Christian Mission in 1865 The Salvation Army provides services during both daily operations and times of disaster More than just thrift stores and bell ringers The Salvation Army provides small and large scale disaster relief from house fires to major

Federal Grant Programs – Why They Are Still Needed

On 16 May 2017 Domestic Preparedness hosted a podcast recording with a panel of subject matter experts to discuss the topic of federal grant funding The Urban Areas Security Initiative UASI Program focuses federal funds on dense urban areas where threats and consequences of attacks are significant By enhancing the

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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

Article Out Loud – Interoperability During Mass Casualty Incidents

  Full article by Charles Guddemi and Catherine Feinman, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, April 3, 2024. In this featured article, the District of Columbia’s Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency’s statewide interoperability coordinator and the editor of Domestic Preparedness highlight the key takeaways from a 2024 interoperability

Article Out Loud – Emergency Management Goes to the Hill

  Full article by Kay C. Goss and Catherine L. Feinman, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, March 27, 2024. In this featured article, two attendees of a Senate briefing on “The State of Emergency Management” discuss the assistance needs of emergency managers working behind the scenes to ensure

Article Out Loud – The Evolution of Homeland Security Higher Education

  Full article by Heather Issvoran, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, March 27, 2024. In this featured article, the director of strategic communications for the Center for Homeland Defense and Security describes how homeland security education expanded after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, to ensure that

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