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Article Out Loud – Incident Command for Natural Disasters: A Natural Fit

The United States already has a national system in place that can help responders manage any disaster situation both natural and manmade By adapting and modifying the concepts and processes of the Incident Command System large and small jurisdictions alike can easily incorporate several categories of specialized response teams into

Article Out Loud – NIMS & ICS: The Next Level

The Department of Homeland Security DHS resumed the next series of its NIMS National Incident Management System Incident Command System ICS training in August with the delivery of eight ICS position specific Train the Trainer T t T programs

Setting & Maintaining Realistic Recovery Expectations

There are many challenges as well as numerous nuances associated with disaster recovery operations that must be addressed by all levels of governmental nongovernmental and private sector agencies and organizations in order to ensure ongoing attention to all facets of the recovery effort effectively building a resilient community
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Response Management: Back to Basics

When a seemingly unrealistic incident occurs emergency managers must be equipped with the base knowledge necessary to respond to the previously unknown scenario Acronyms are a good way to remember what to do when stress levels are high and time is short By getting back to the basics managers are

Ongoing Training Needs: Virginia’s Solution

In a remote rural area far from customary amenities distractions and other conveniences players are faced with challenges and must learn to adapt and overcome in order to reap the benefits otherwise face the consequences No this is not a reality television show but it is an effective reality training

Resilience – Making a List & Checking It Twice

When the electric power infrastructure fails it affects much more than just the electronic equipment that is powered by it A lesson from Superstorm Sandy demonstrates how managing ground support supplies and facilities may differ when electrical power is gone It may even require hundreds or thousands of orange traffic

The Team Spirit of Emergency Management

In the area of emergency management teams and organizations strive to mitigate the outcome of any potential or actual emergency Such intervention though requires trust in team members to perform their tasks when needed As with any successful football team or racecar pit crew emergency managers also must devote the

Natural Disasters: Challenges & Opportunities

Diverting a tornado deflecting high winds and steering a hurricane away from landfall are not within the scope of practice for emergency planners and managers However planning and training for a large scale natural disaster with the right tools will help jurisdictions prepare for both common and uncommon incidents

Incident Command for Natural Disasters: A Natural Fit

In February 2003, President George W. Bush signed Homeland Security Presidential Directive Number 5 (HSPD-5), which directed the establishment of a National Incident Management System (NIMS). That directive mandated, among other things, the adaptation and adoption of an Incident Command System (ICS) as a core component of the NIMS. As

Incident Command System: Perishable If Not Practiced

Although the basic Incident Command System ICS is taught across emergency response disciplines several shortcomings and constraints could lead to its downfall Training for ICS is not a one time occurrence but should be an ongoing process of expanding knowledge exercising skills and passing on these abilities for the benefit

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Article Out Loud – The Psychology of Crisis

  Full article by Mary Schoenfeldt, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, May 22, 2024. In this feature article, the board president of Green Cross Academy of Traumatology describes the psychological side of disasters and other impactful events as a critical component of crisis management. Many people still do

Article Out Loud – Elegant Community Preparation

  Full article by Aaron Titus, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, May 8, 2024. In this feature article, the executive director for Crisis Cleanup shares how elegant community preparation offers a process that simplifies disaster planning efforts for community members. Communities need to prepare together and focus on

Article Out Loud – Navigating the Seismic Dance: Preparedness in the Ring of Fire

  Full article by Alicia Johnson, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, May 8, 2024. In this feature article, an emergency manager with extensive experience in risk communications and public affairs informs readers about the multifaceted nature of earthquake risks and delineates the indispensable role organizations play in mitigating

Article Out Loud – National Security: A Range of Threats

  Full article by Anthony Mottola and Richard Schoeberl, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, May 1, 2024. In this feature article, two law enforcement and counterterrorism experts discuss the growing threats from organized foreign terrorist groups to homegrown terrorists inspired by them. Members of the intelligence community have

Article Out Loud – Sustaining Those Working in Disasters

  Full article by Jolie Wills, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, April 24, 2024. In this featured article, a cognitive scientist and psychosocial disaster recovery specialist emphasizes the importance of supporting those working in emergency response roles before, during, and after emergencies and disasters. Leaders and their teams

Article Out Loud – Mental Awareness to Enhance Preparedness

  Full article by Andrew (Andy) Altizer, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, April 17, 2024. In this featured article, an emergency manager with military experience points out that emergency managers, public health officials, and first responders often stress the importance of physical fitness, but sometimes neglect mental fitness.

Article Out Loud – Primary Care Investments to Increase Community Resilience

  Full article by Angie Im, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, April 17, 2024. In this featured article, a healthcare research and policy expert describes the importance of community health centers and their impact on community resilience. These medical lifelines for millions of Americans are facing financial and

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

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