january 2023

Updates

DHS Announces Results of 2022 Invent2Prevent Final Competition

The Department of Homeland Security’s Center for Prevention Programs and Partnerships, in collaboration with EdVenture Partners and the McCain Institute for International Leadership, hosted the finalists of Invent2Prevent, a program that empowers university and high school students to develop innovative projects that help prevent targeted violence and terrorism in their local communities.

Reports

New Secret Service Research Examines for the First Time Five Years of Mass Violence Data

The U.S. Secret Service National Threat Assessment Center released Mass Attacks in Public Spaces: 2016 - 2020, a comprehensive report examining 173 incidents of targeted violence and highlighting the observable commonalities among the attackers. The analysis is intended to provide critical information to a cross-sector of community organizations that have a role in preventing these types of tragedies. 

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Healthcare

Crisis Standards of Care – A Mental Health Perspective

by James L. Greenstone -

During a disaster, responders face many challenges and must make difficult decisions. For health care professionals, accepting a sufficient standard of care during a crisis may be the most difficult. This mental health perspective provides some key points to consider before the next crisis occurs.

Resilience

Applications for a Newly Developed Risk and Resilience Tool

by Christina Nunez, Kyle Pfeiffer & Rao Kotamarthi -

A new, publicly available tool provides a window into how future climate realities could affect U.S. cities and towns. Learn how planners and decision-makers can get map-based analyses driven by peer-reviewed climate data using this free portal.

Podcast

Article Out Loud - Crisis Standards of Care – A Mental Health Perspective

By JAMES L. GREENSTONE, An Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, January 25, 2023.

During a disaster, responders face many challenges and must make difficult decisions. For health care professionals, accepting a sufficient standard of care during a crisis may be the most difficult. This mental health perspective provides some key points to consider before the next crisis occurs.

Narrated by Randy Vivian.

Click HERE to view the full article.

Podcast

Article Out Loud - Applications for a Newly Developed Risk and Resilience Tool

By CHRISTINA NUNEZ, KYLE PFEIFFER & RAO KOTAMARTHI, An Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, January 25, 2023.

A new, publicly available tool provides a window into how future climate realities could affect U.S. cities and towns. Learn how planners and decision-makers can get map-based analyses driven by peer-reviewed climate data using this free portal.

Narrated by Randy Vivian.

Click HERE to view the full article.

Preparedness

Virtual Reality Training Revolution Is Here

by Peter Johnson -

Training is often a check-the-box task. However, it can be difficult to know how much training was learned. Virtual reality and its related analytics provide a way to heighten participation and monitor learning levels for numerous threat scenarios.

Healthcare

The Pony Express Rides Again

by Monty Dozier -

When supply chains were diminished during the coronavirus pandemic, leaders had to find innovative ways to protect their communities. In Texas, they used the Pony Express model to ensure the delivery of personal protective equipment, critical supplies, and vaccines to those in need.

Podcast

Article Out Loud - The Pony Express Rides Again

By MONTY DOZIER, An Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, January 18, 2023. 

When supply chains were diminished during the coronavirus pandemic, leaders had to find innovative ways to protect their communities. In Texas, they used the Pony Express model to ensure the delivery of personal protective equipment, critical supplies, and vaccines to those in need.

Narrated by Bonnie Weidler.

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Podcast

Article Out Loud - Virtual Reality Training Revolution Is Here

By PETER JOHNSON, An Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness JournalJanuary 18, 2023

Training is often a check-the-box task. However, it can be difficult to know how much training was learned. Virtual reality and its related analytics provide a way to heighten participation and monitor learning levels for numerous threat scenarios.

Narrated by Bonnie Weidler.

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Podcast

Article Out Loud - Improving the Grade for Critical Infrastructure

By CATHERINE L. FEINMAN & JOE D. MANOUS JR., An Article Out Loud Flashback from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, April 27, 2016.

All infrastructure is not the same. Across disciplinary sectors, agencies and organizations must identify the key elements necessary to ensure “a system” (e.g., community) has a minimum level of resilience, as a system is only as strong as the weakest link.  The challenges of cross-cutting issues and limited resources for which disciplinary sectors compete, compounds the challenges. On 9 March 2016, DomPrep hosted a roundtable discussion in Arlington, Virginia, to address “Critical Infrastructure – A Failing Grade.”

Narrated by Randy Vivian.

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Podcast

Article Out Loud - Railroad Ties Communities Together

By JAMES METZGER, An Article Out Loud Flashback from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, February 24, 2016.

With Amtrak's rail lines spanning communities across the United States (and parts of Canada), it is in a prime position to engage the whole community and to build national resilience. Planning, training, and educational efforts provide a way to bring employees, passengers, and other community stakeholders into the preparedness cycle.

Narrated by Randy Vivian.

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Updates

FEMA Seeks Public Feedback on Cost-Effective Hazard Mitigation Measures

FEMA is seeking public feedback from state, local, tribal and territorial (SLTT) stakeholders and the general public on how communities use Mitigation funding through the Public Assistance Program.

Reports

DHS Has Made Progress in Fulfilling Geospatial Data Act Responsibilities, But Additional Work is Needed

The Geospatial Data Act of 2018 (GDA) requires each covered agency to fulfill 13 responsibilities to foster efficient management and use of geospatial data — information linked to specific geographic locations. The GDA also mandates the Office of Inspector General to submit to Congress a biannual audit report on the agency’s progress in fulfilling the GDA’s responsibilities. This is the second in a series of audits assessing Department of Homeland Security (DHS) compliance with the GDA. Four recommendations were made to ensure DHS continued improvement in fulfilling duties under the GDA.

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Preparedness

Benefits of Industrial Liaisons – A Harris County Example

by Jamie Hannan -

Planners in the Harris County, Texas, area are successful specifically because of the relationships they have built over many years. For example, the county’s Industrial Liaisons Program provides many positive takeaways and best practices practitioners can implement throughout the U.S. and abroad.

Resilience

Building Design for Safety and Resilience – First Steps

by Paul Marshall -

An all-hazards design process considers the function of the building during normal operations as well as the safety of the occupants and the surrounding community against possible risks and threats. Like layers of an onion, effective security should take a multi-layered approach. Safety and security do not need to be compromised for a facility’s functionality and beauty.

Podcast

Article Out Loud - Benefits of Industrial Liaisons – A Harris County Example

By JAMIE HANNAN, An Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, January 11, 2023

Planners in the Harris County area are successful specifically because of the relationships they have built over many years. For example, the county’s Industrial Liaisons Program provides many positive takeaways and best practices practitioners can implement throughout the U.S. and abroad.

Narrated by MacGregor Stephenson.

Click HERE to view the full article.

Podcast

Article Out Loud - Building Design for Safety and Resilience – First Steps

By PAUL MARSHALL, An Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, January 11, 2023. 

An all-hazards design process considers the function of the building during normal operations as well as the safety of the occupants and the surrounding community against possible risks and threats. Like layers of an onion, effective security should take a multi-layered approach. Safety and security do not need to be compromised for a facility’s functionality and beauty.

Narrated by MacGregor Stephenson.

Click HERE to view the full article.

Podcast

Article Out Loud - 'Game Day' Food Defense: Enhanced Business as Usual

By MICHÉLE SAMARYA-TIMM, An Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, January 21, 2014. 

With more than 40 Olympic venues serving an estimated 14 million meals, the 2012 London Olympic Games were susceptible to many potential foodborne illnesses - both intentional and unintentional. However, through education, communications, surveillance, and a focus on surge capacity, London provided a model that could help protect the food supply at other mass gatherings around the world.

Narrated by Randy Vivian.

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Podcast

Article Out Loud - Not All Preparedness Grants Are Identical

By RANDALL C. DUNCAN, An Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, July 26, 2011.  

A distinguished national officer of the International Association of Emergency Managers provides a short but concise list of helpful recommendations that grant-seekers at all levels of government, and in the private sector, might be well advised to follow in preparing, reviewing, submitting, and following up on their own grant applications.

Narrated by Randy Vivian.

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Reports

ICE Releases FY 2022 Annual Report

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) released today the agency’s annual report showcasing how the agency has responded to increasingly complex transnational security threats in fiscal year (FY) 2022. The FY 2022 annual report highlights how ICE is helping secure the Southwest Border and rebuilding a humane and orderly immigration system; combatting transnational criminal organizations (TCOs) including disrupting the supply of opioids coming to U.S. communities; improving transparency to stakeholders and the public; and supporting its dedicated, resilient workforce.

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Resilience

How One Town Stood Up to a Category 4 Storm

by Jennifer Languell -

When Category 4 Hurricane Ian crossed Florida in September 2022, more than 4 million Florida homes and businesses lost power. However, one town kept the lights on and was spared the devastation the cities surrounding it faced. With resilience and sustainability in mind, this author shares the planning involved in creating this resilient community.

Podcast

Article Out Loud - How One Town Stood Up to a Category 4 Storm

By JENNIFER LANGUELL, An Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, January 04, 2023.  

When Category 4 Hurricane Ian crossed Florida in September 2022, more than 4 million Florida homes and businesses lost power. However, one town kept the lights on and was spared the devastation the cities surrounding it faced. With resilience and sustainability in mind, this author shares the planning involved in creating this resilient community.

Narrated by Randy Vivian.

Click HERE to view the full article.

Podcast

Article Out Loud - Beachie Creek Fire – A Practitioner’s Firsthand Account

By CHARLES (CHUCK) PERINO, An Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, January 04, 2023.

When disaster strikes, sometimes those trained to respond find themselves and their families fleeing from the fire. Once their families are safe, they jump back in to assist wherever needed. This scenario happened to one emergency manager when the Beachie Creek wildfire engulfed surrounding Oregon communities with little warning.

Narrated by MacGregor Stephenson.

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Commentary

Beachie Creek Fire – A Practitioner’s Firsthand Account

by Charles (Chuck) Perino -

When disaster strikes, sometimes those trained to respond find themselves and their families fleeing from the fire. Once their families are safe, they jump back in to assist wherever needed. This scenario happened to one emergency manager when the Beachie Creek wildfire engulfed surrounding Oregon communities with little warning.

Podcast

Article Out Loud - Preparing for & Responding to Disaster – A 2018 Review

By CHRISTOPHER REYNOLDS & ALLISON G. S. KNOX, An Article Out Loud Flashback from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, April 03, 2019.

Fire, wind, and water – a lot of water. The year 2018 delivered all in a series of natural disasters that seemed almost continual. Throughout the year, there was a significant risk to lives and property caused by wildfires in the West, hurricanes in the Southeast, and flooding in numerous locales nationwide.

Narrated by Randy Vivian.

Click HERE to view the full article.

Podcast

Article Out Loud - Redirecting Dual-Use Research Regulations

By COURTNEY GAVITT, An Article Out Loud Flashback from the Domestic Preparedness JournalNovember 20, 2013.

Life science research benefits society in many ways, but also creates certain risks - particularly when that research falls into the wrong hands, either deliberately or unintentionally. Clearly defined rules and regulations governing the results of such dual-use research could help keep scientific research focused on less dangerous and more beneficial results.

Narrated by Randy Vivian.

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Reports

Homeland Security: Office of Inspector General Semiannual Report to Congress

During this reporting period, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) completed audits, inspections and evaluations, and investigations to promote economy, efficiency, effectiveness, and integrity in the Department’s programs and operations. 

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Reports

DHS Did Not Consistently Comply with National Instant Criminal Background Check System Requirements

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in the Department of Justice (DOJ) uses the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) to prevent prohibited persons from obtaining firearms. This audit was conducted to determine if the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) complies with NICS requirements. Four recommendations were made to improve DHS compliance with NICS requirements.

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Updates

News Release: DHS S&T Develops Portable Outdoor Gunshot Detection Technology for Law Enforcement

A new portable Gunshot Detection System can provide critical information about outdoor shooting incidents almost instantaneously to first responders. The system, called SDS Outdoor, was developed in collaboration between the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) and Shooter Detection Systems (SDS) of Rowley, MA.