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The Politics of Presidential Disaster Declarations

Article Out Loud Following a disaster, communities, tribes, and states typically experience years of rebuilding and recovery work. Understanding the presidential disaster declaration process and how to access supplemental disaster relief funds helps to speed the recovery efforts and potentially build back even better than before the incident.The Robert T.

Long-Term Community Recovery Planning Guidance

Preparedness planning is a large part of the foundation of emergency management. The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) National Preparedness Report summarizes the building, sustaining, and delivering of the 31 core capabilities outlined in the National Preparedness Goal across all five mission areas identified in Presidential Policy Directive 8 (PPD-8):

Critical Infrastructure Protection: History, Overview & Update

Critical infrastructure protection focuses on everyday activities related to all kinds of hazards to promote security and threat deterrence. Community and infrastructure protection, transportation and trans-border security, and protection of key leadership and events encompass the mission activities of the new National Protection Framework.

Special Events: Plan, Assess, Train & Exercise

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provides valuable resources for those responsible for or involved in planning a special event. These resources provide information on planning the event, assessing the hazards and threats, training personnel and volunteers, and exercising based on lessons learned from past events.

Preparing for Extreme Weather Events

The United States has received significant attention for its extreme weather events in 2014, with the worst drought in recorded history in California and significant moist snow, sleet, and ice in the eastern and southern states. The year 2013 had its share of extreme weather, as well, including:Winter Storm Nemo’s multiple

Checklists for All-Hazards Food Defense Planning

In the not-too-distant past, most food consumed by Americans traveled directly from the farm to the kitchen table. Today, there are a dozen or so stops of varying duration on the way – all of them vulnerable to mold, theft, sabotage, spoiling, and/or infection from zoonotic diseases.
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Emergency Management & Public Health: Partners in Preparedness

Despite the fact that emergency managers and their public health partners have much in common, they often do not collaborate effectively in responding to mass-casualty emergencies. By identifying existing similarities and finding more common ground, the future reparedness and response efforts of both groups will be even more successful.

Food Safety: An Emergency Manager’s Perspective

Emergency management is an evolving discipline that requires a progressive emergency manager to fulfill new and expanding requirements for success. Successful leaders in this field follow a systematic problem-solving process and excel at coordinating multiple agencies and information sources rather than simply being experts in one subject. The seven and a half traits

Protecting Schools – Tornadoes & Other Natural Disasters

As the southwest areas of the country face deadly tornadoes, other areas are preparing their communities and schools for the 2013 Hurricane season, which officially starts on the first day of June. Unlike tornadoes, hurricanes usually give advance warning – sometimes several days – before making landfall. Schools, though, must

State & Local Medical Countermeasures: The 12-Hour Push

Emergency managers are working hard, on a continuing basis, to improve and support the national capability to assist in providing assets to affected areas during an extreme biological incident or emergency requiring medical countermeasures.


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Article Out Loud – Needed: More Imagination for Countering Domestic Risks

Full article by Jeanne Benincasa Thorpe, an Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, February 7, 2023.From “Lord of the Flies” to the terrorist attacks of 9/11, significant consequences have been blamed on failures of imagination. In this featured article, a national security and resiliency expert encourages leaders to

Article Out Loud – Unleashing Community Resilience Through Collaborative Leadership

Full Article By Michael R. Valiente, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, January 31, 2024. Elected officials and emergency response personnel form the nucleus of community leadership, a driving force for collaborative relationships with local stakeholders. Find out how community leaders who adopt the tenets of transformational leaders can

Article Out Loud – Commercial Facilities Sector Perspectives

Full Article By Kole (KC) Campbell, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, January 31, 2024. Commercial facilities dominate the U.S. economy, contributing trillions of dollars to the U.S. gross domestic product while employing and supporting millions of jobs. Learn more about this critical infrastructure sector and its interdependencies. Listen

Article Out Loud – Rising Above the Flood: A Decision Tool for Structural Safety

Full Article By Cedric Ling, Debashish Kar, Nur Yazdani, Eyosias Beneberu, Maria Koliou, and Yong Yoo, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, January 24, 2024.When homeowners choose to elevate their homes above flood levels, they may compromise the structural integrity of the building if the elevation method does not

Article Out Loud – Beyond Patient Care: Family Reunification Planning for Hospitals

Full Article By Michael Prasad, An Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, January 17, 2024.To meet a community’s mass care family reunification needs after a disaster, hospitals and other healthcare facilities must have plans and procedures in place for mass casualty incident response, which goes beyond patient care. Here are

Article Out Loud – Multimodal Transportation Perspectives

Full Article By Nathan DiPillo and Derek Kantar, An Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, January 17, 2024.Without transportation and communications, emergency response can move at an uncomfortably slow pace, enough so that life, property, and the environment may be unnecessarily compromised. The integrated transportation network must be protected from

Article Out Loud – Resilience Versus Emergency Management

By Wayne P. Bergeron, An Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, January 10, 2024.Conferences are full of important and interesting sessions, but attendees do not always take away actionable knowledge or have long-term retention of the information. This article summarizes a crowd-sourced conversation with panelists, attendees, resilience experts, and Chat


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