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BioWatch – Challenges & Opportunities for Applied Research

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has continued to use its legacy early warning system for biological threats as it continues to weigh costs against effectiveness in its search for better technological solutions. In the meantime, “big data” and social media analytics offer incremental steps toward better biodetection and response.

Preparing the Next Generation for War on the Virtual Battlefront

A “cyber Pearl Harbor” is imminent, according to government and industry experts. Recognizing the threat and implementing programs and training to better guard against such threats is critical to protect the various U.S. infrastructure systems and networks.

Reshaping Law Enforcement in the 21st Century

New technologies and response equipment – combined with social media and mobile applications – are changing the way law enforcement agencies protect themselves and their communities. What were once only possible in science-fiction movies are increasingly growing in use within law enforcement communities across the nation – drones, facial recognition,

Hackers & Federal Agencies: Broken Connections

Recent leaks about government surveillance programs that track U.S. and U.K. phone calls and internet communications have raised major concerns over the privacy of personal communications. There may be even greater difficulties, though, if current ties between the federal government and the U.S. “hacker” community are weakened or, perhaps, severed entirely.

The Boston Bombings – Redefining Shelter in Place

When a bomb explodes, a biological or chemical agent is released, or an active shooter is at large, time is of the essence. In some situations, having residents shelter in place, although costly and inconvenient, may be the fastest and only way to stop the perpetrator and reduce the number

Predictive Policing: Actionable Information About Potential Crimes

The most cost-effective way to fight crime may well be to prevent it from happening in the first place. Current predictive software is helping law enforcement agencies combat crime by directing their limited resources to the locations where they will be most useful. However, doing so may raise certain legal

Leveraging the Expanding Social Network

Blizzards, floods, earthquakes, tornadoes, icebergs, and volcanic eruptions are just some of the natural hazards found across the unique Canadian terrain. Although knowing who is charge during an incident can be a challenge under the existing political structure, emergency managers continue to communicate, collaborate, and learn from other nations to

IT and the New Fight Against Drug Trafficking & Gangs

Tighter laws, high-tech data systems, and considerable operational experience are making it “easier” for law enforcement agencies at all levels of government to fight the unprecedented growth of drug trafficking that is now a major danger in neighborhoods throughout the country. The winner of that fight has yet to be

The New PLAN: Government Alerts Enter the 21st Century

The old saying that, “No matter where you go, there you are,” has become the new Golden Rule for emergency-alert notifications, thanks to the combined efforts of the FCC, FEMA, and the commercial U.S. cellular industry. That is the PLAN, anyway. But it works better if IPAWS is OPEN to

Using Virtual Worlds to Plan for Real World Challenges

The battle of Waterloo was won, Wellington said, “on the playing fields of Eton.” Today’s high-tech playing fields – simulators and training devices, primarily – are somewhat less vigorous, but arguably much more important and can be used to train veritable armies of professional responders, either as individuals or as

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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

Article Out Loud – Energy Sector Perspectives

By Eric Easton, An Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, January 10, 2024. From the alarm clock that wakes people in the morning, to the natural gas used to cook breakfast, to the refined petroleum products powering vehicles for daily commutes, the Energy Sector plays an integral role in daily

Article Out Loud – Five Steps Toward Enhancing Climate Resilience

Many communities have been impacted by “acute climate shocks” such as wildfires, hurricanes, floods, heatwaves, and severe winter storms – resulting in the loss of lives, livelihoods, and infrastructure. The five steps shared in this 2018 article can help enhance climate resilience.

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