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Article Out Loud – A Failure To Over-Communicate

  By Terry Hastings, An Article Out Loud Flashback from Domestic Preparedness, originally published on May 10, 2017. Emergency managers (and others) often fail to fully engage and educate the whole community. This 2017 article discusses the need to over-communicate and explore new ways to educate people. Narrated by Elisa

All Models Are Wrong (But Modeling Is as Necessary as Ever)

British statistician George Box famously stated that all models are wrong but some are useful The nation s experience with COVID 19 has highlighted this fact as policy makers have struggled to calibrate their actions based on imperfect data and modeling Yet modeling is useful and will continue to be

Data-Driven Emergency Management

As the discipline has evolved data and quantitative analytics are becoming a bigger part of emergency management This trend is likely to continue as technology and data become more available Current and future emergency managers need to understand data and how it can be used to support all phases of

A “Pracademic” Approach to Homeland Security

It is important for academics and practitioners to collaborate and learn from each other Academic research can help to address real world challenges and practitioners are uniquely positioned to provide meaningful insight to help shape research agendas

Force Multiplier – Empowering the Public

Perhaps one of the biggest myths in emergency management is that the public will panic during a crisis Instead of panicking the public often pulls together and even puts themselves in harm s way to help each other Furthermore the public not first responders are often first on site during

Crisis Leadership – Doing More With Less

During a crisis leaders must be able to adapt and operate in an uncertain environment In doing so leaders are required to make more consequential and challenging decisions with less information and less time to decide They also have fewer options to consider and likely garner more scrutiny for their

Introducing the “ACT” Crisis Management Framework

There is no shortage of crisis management tools and concepts yet individuals and organizations often still struggle to respond effectively when a crisis occurs There are likely numerous reasons for this but one challenge stems from an inability to operationalize the key concepts during a crisis It can be helpful

Counterinsurgency & Emergency Management

Counterinsurgency and emergency management are two seemingly unrelated concepts yet they have a lot in common in terms of the strategies necessary to succeed In each case empowerment is the ultimate key to success For counterinsurgency it is about empowering the host country and for emergency management it is about

Mass Fatality Research – New York & Beyond

Low probability high consequence situations such as mass fatality events often stress or overwhelm local response capabilities within a very short timeframe The ability to handle these situations differs greatly depending on the size of the jurisdiction affected and its readily available resources New York State Division of Homeland Security

Next Generation Emergency Management

The discipline of emergency management is poised to benefit from three converging factors an increasing number of millennials joining the workforce the proliferation of emergency management related degree programs and greater visibility and relevance of the discipline itself due to the increasing frequency scope and magnitude of disasters and evolving

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Article Out Loud – Key Bridge Collapse: Unity of Effort

  Full article by Michael Prasad, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, May 22, 2024. In this feature article, a Certified Emergency Manager and senior research analyst provides an update on the unity of effort involved in the Francis Scott Key Bridge collapse effort in Baltimore, Maryland. Together, many

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

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