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Space Aliens – Emergency Management Roles & Responsibilities

Planning for the emergency management needs of space aliens on Earth in terms of their well being before during and after disasters could be the plot of a science fiction movie script The movie District 9 has a similar premise the aliens that arrived on Planet Earth were not warriors

Start or Restart VOADs/COADs During the Preparedness Phase

Volunteer and community organizations active in disaster VOADs COADs operate best by using their four C s cooperation coordination collaboration and communication Emergency managers can build or strengthen this whole community capability in their own jurisdictions through public private partnerships PPPs by performing the four E s empower endow educate

Formalizing the Role of Intelligence & Investigation

Emergency managers need actionable intelligence before during and after disasters More than just situational awareness the collection analysis and sharing of intelligence can provide an incident s response and recovery command and general staff with much needed decision making information

Viewing the U.S. Election Process as an Essential Mission

As a critical element of democracy elections need to be a part of the all hazards planning organization equipment training and exercising benefiting from the nation s emergency management agencies and departments at all levels of government Election security capability and integrity as well as the ability for citizens to

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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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