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NCRP 138: Reliable Guidance for Radiation Emergencies

In an era when terrorist attacks involving weapons of mass destruction, including radiation weapons, represent a clear and present danger, decision makers are turning to a useful document for guidance in formulating their what-if contingency plans.

Ludwig Benner: The Father of Modern HAZMAT Thinking?

In the late 1960’s, far too many firefighters were dying in the line of duty when the fires were fighting involved hazardous materials. One man, Ludwig Benner, realized that changes were needed, both in the way firefighters were being trained and in the

SNL and Merlin: A New Way to Look at Decontamination

The war against bioterrorism moves forward – at less than flank speed – from the water-based decon agents of the 1990s to faster and much more effective peroxide-based solutions that can be used to deactivate biological pathogens and TICs as well as the CW agents.

The North Shore – LIJ Approach to Patient Decontamination

“Train everybody to do decon [decontamination],” says Frank Califano, safety services specialist assigned to Network Emergency Management for the North Shore – LIJ Health System in Long Island, N.Y. “Everybody includes security guards, pharmacists, dieticians, and folks from the environmental services. It takes a lot of people to set up

EMS in the Fire Service – A New Trend in Patient Care

Tomorrow’s fire departments will still fight the flames first. But then they will have otherburning problems to cope with – chemical spills, for example; and a fast-growing spectrum of biological hazards now available over the counter or at the local ter

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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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