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Emergency Operations Centers: The Heartbeat of Disaster Management

Emergency Operations Centers (EOCs) are complex facilities to design and build. Many emergency managers and other participants in response operations may be involved in only one new facility or only one remodeling during their careers. To begin with, it is a major challenge to obtain funding for an EOC that

CPG 101: All Hazards and All Phases

Emergency planning has a long, rich history not only in the United States but also in other industrialized countries throughout the world. The Federal Civil Defense Guide was compiled and promulgated during the 1960s. Next came the Civil Preparedness Guide in the 1970s. For the last 12 years its successor – the State and Local

Interim Housing Following Disasters: The FEMA Temporary Housing Program

After presidentially declared disasters, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) offers Direct Assistance – in the form of campers, trailers, and mobile homes – to those who are without shelter. Direct Assistance is available to eligible applicants in addition to cash grants.Disaster survivors are often assigned a camper, trailer, or

Backups for Emergency Satellite Communications

In today’s fast-moving world comprehensive, rapid, & continuing communications are the key to business success – and, in times of conflict, success on the battlefield as well. But what happens if communications systems are destroyed or made inoperable?

Credentialing of Private-Sector Disaster Support Personnel

The credentialing of private-sector disaster-support personnel presumes a very strong public-private partnership. The development of a true public/private-sector disaster credentialing system is a significant challenge. The goal is to create common credentials for public and private-sector first responders and emergency managers by working on key screening initiatives, including ways to

U.S. Businesses Respond to Community Needs

Three Cheers for three retail giants – WalMart, Home Depot, and Lowe’s, all of which stepped forward to provide urgently needed building materials and the mountains of other supplies required to help restore order in the aftermath of Hurricanes and Rita.

Coordination and Command Policies for Mass Evacuations

The U.S. surface transportation system plays a crucial role in responding not only to natural disasters but also to terrorist events and technological incidents. At the national level, the Disaster Response and Evacuation (DRE) user service has available an “intelligent” transportation system to respond to and recover from such disasters.

Security Protocols at Emergency Shelters

When emergency management (EM) officials talk about the security protocols established for emergency shelters, they must be very specific and, at the same time, very holistic. The various factors involved in and/or related to shelter security usually include such essential aspects of shelter management and operations as: threat assessment and/or

Licensing Standards for Emergency Shelters

Not long after Hurricane Katrina – the largest-ever U.S. post-emergency sheltering operation – Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) Administrator David Paulison said the following: “This has been an historic emergency sheltering effort that has assisted thousands of hurricane evacuees in their transition to longer-term housing. The process of recovery is

Partnerships in Interoperability: A Best Practices Model

It is axiomatic in the EM (emergency management) community both that regional collaboration is the foundation of emergency management and that interoperability of equipment – one of the keys to a successful collaboration – is 10 percent technology and 90 percent governance. But collaboration cannot be mandated; it has to

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Article Out Loud – Water and Wastewater Sector Perspectives

The Water and Wastewater Systems Sector is one of 16 sectors identified as critical infrastructure under the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency. Domestic Preparedness invited a subject matter expert to answer questions about this sector, including how the sector and its interdependencies can affect any community.

Article Out Loud – Planning for a Cross-Country Special Event

A solar eclipse is a unique form of special event that does not always fall under emergency planning protocols, but it should. This article urges preparedness professionals to collaborate with eclipse planning committees to ensure the safety and security of all those involved.

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