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Legislation Protecting Children in Disasters

On 18 April 2017 DomPrep hosted a podcast recording with a panel of subject matter experts to discuss the topic of children in disasters The discussion was moderated by Andrew Roszak senior director for emergency preparedness at Child Care Aware® of America This 40 minute discussion addressed the following key

Legislation Protecting Children in Disasters

Emergencies and disasters can have a profound impact on children However in 2004 2012 less than $0 01 of every $10 invested by federal emergency preparedness grants went to activities geared toward improving children s safety As the federal government plays a major role in funding and directing emergency preparedness

State of Preparedness 2016: Children & Child Care

By 30 September 2016 all states will be required to create child care disaster plans under the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act which include procedures for facilities to evacuate relocate shelter in place lock down communicate reunify families continue operations and accommodate infants toddlers and children with additional

Food for Thought: Emergency Shelters & Food Allergies

When one peanut has the ability to kill it is necessary to examine the practices and procedures used in public yet confined spaces such as emergency shelters By following simple steps emergency managers are able to perform shelter operations while limiting exposure to allergens and contaminants that could turn a

Preparedness: Moving Beyond the Stockpiling of Stuff

Equipment plans and personnel are only as good as their ability to perform when needed When disaster strikes it is imperative that local state and federal levels of government emergency management volunteer organizations and healthcare coalitions are all operationally ready and trained to use all of the stuff they have

Aligning Priorities with Healthcare Coalitions

Growth in the number and capabilities of the nation 8217 s healthcare coalitions will undoubtedly continue for the foreseeable future 8211 as will the operational capabilities of those coalitions Helping that growth and making the coalitions both more capable and more cost effective is a new plan going into effect

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Article Out Loud – April 2024 Eclipse – Moving From Planning Into Operations

  Full article by Laurel J. Radow, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, March 13, 2024. In this featured article, a member of the American Astronomical Society Solar Eclipse Task Force shares an operational checklist for communities that will experience a total solar eclipse on April 8, 2024. Eclipse event

Article Out Loud – Support and Planning Inside 911 Centers

  Full article by Heather McGaffin, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, March 13, 2024. In this featured article, the director of The Office of Unified Communications in Washington, DC, provides a glimpse inside emergency communications centers and the strategic planning needed to ensure that someone is always there

Article Out Loud – Amateurs of Action – The Women of Radio

Full article by Desiree Baccus, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, March 6, 2024.In this featured article, a public relations committee member for the National Association for Amateur Radio describes how volunteers are transforming emergency preparedness with an inclusive, diverse movement of impactful community engagement. Talented operators nationwide prove

Article Out Loud – A Holistic Approach to Cybersecurity Risk

  Full article by Ernesto Ballesteros, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, February 28, 2024. In this featured article, a cybersecurity state coordinator for CISA explains how cybersecurity is a core business process that involves the entire organization or agency. The continuity of government and operations depends on a

Article Out Loud – Protecting Infrastructure – Cyber, Physical, and EMP Attacks

  Full article by David Winks, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, February 21, 2024. In this featured article, a cyber defense expert describes the complexities of protecting the power grid from cyber, physical, and electromagnetic pulse attacks. Like a giant spider web, the grid connects power companies and

Article Out Loud – Repeated Intelligence Failures – Not Connecting the Dots

  Full article by Robert Leverone and Darren E. Price, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, February 14, 2024. In this featured article, two homeland security experts discuss how combating potential threats and avoiding intelligence failures involves identifying the signals and warnings in available information and connecting the dots.

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