november 2022

Commentary

Find Chances to Make Positive Changes

by Catherine L. Feinman -

Emergency preparedness and response professionals willingly insert themselves into many emergencies and disasters that they could have avoided in other professions. However, they use these opportunities to make positive changes and build resiliency within their communities.

Reports

Infrastructure Resilience Planning Framework

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency released an updated Infrastructure Resilience Planning Framework (IRPF) today to better help state, local, tribal, and territorial planners manage risk to critical infrastructure systems and enhance their resilience. First released in 2021, today’s update to the IRPF adds important new resources and tools to better support partners as they face an evolving threat environment. 

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Preparedness

PPD-44: Implications for Domestic Incident Management

by Robert J. (Bob) Roller -

An essential national incident management guidance document is finally available to responders nationwide. This document will significantly improve a unified response to and recovery from large-scale incidents. However, additional work is needed to create an enhanced unity of effort and fully integrated response among federal, state, and local responders.

Podcast

Article Out Loud - Avoiding the Complacency Trap After This Hurricane Season

by MARK J. MISCZAK, An Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, November 23, 2022.

Despite punishing hurricanes in Puerto Rico and Florida, the 2022 season has been relatively quiet for much of the Gulf coast and Atlantic seaboard. This article describes the resources that help communities mitigate risk now before the next hurricane season.

Narrated by MacGregor Stephenson. 

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Podcast

Article Out Loud - PPD-44: Implications for Domestic Incident Management

By ROBERT J. (BOB) ROLLER, An Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, November 23, 2022.

An essential national incident management guidance document is finally available to responders nationwide. This document will significantly improve a unified response to and recovery from large-scale incidents. However, additional work is needed to create an enhanced unity of effort and fully integrated response among federal, state, and local responders.

Narrated by MacGregor Stephenson. 

Click HERE to view the full article. 

 

Commentary

Avoiding the Complacency Trap After This Hurricane Season

by Mark J. Misczak -

Despite punishing hurricanes in Puerto Rico and Florida, the 2022 season has been relatively quiet for much of the Gulf coast and Atlantic seaboard. This article describes the resources that help communities mitigate risk now before the next hurricane season.

Podcast

Article Out Loud - Public Works Emergency Management - From Training to Reality

By DAVID GEARY & TRACY FESSLER, An Article Out Loud Flashback from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, March 23, 2011.

For understandable reasons, major disasters - e.g., earthquakes and tsunamis - get most of the headlines and more of the public funds available even in economically difficult times. Local jurisdictions would be well advised, therefore, not only to focus greater attention on emergencies closer to home but also to ask for neighborly assistance if and when needed.

Narrated by Randy Vivian. 

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Podcast

Article Out Loud - Critical Infrastructure & Strategic Assessment

By DAVID L. WEGNER & SHERI TICKNER, An Article Out Loud Flashback from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, April 13, 2016.

Globally, government agencies are at a nexus in how to plan for and address society's dependence on infrastructure to sustain economies, support and protect people, and implement strategies to provide for an appropriate level of reinvestment. Partnerships with the private financial world would help develop an effective framework for investments and acceptance of risk.

Narrated by Randy Vivian. 

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Updates

2022 D.C. Interoperability Summit After Action Report

The 2022 Interoperability Summit After Action Report and Summary is now available. The 4th annual D.C. Interoperability Summit marked the 40th anniversary of the Air Florida Flight 90 Crash and the D.C. Metro Orange Line Train Derailment, as well as the 26th anniversary of the abduction and murder of Amber Hagerman. Learn how far interoperable communications have come in the past 40 years.

Updates

We Want to Hear from You!

Interested in sharing your thoughts on ways to improve the Domestic Preparedness Journal? Willing to help by participating in a 60-minute market research interview? We’re conducting interviews by videoconference the week of December 5th and 12th and we want to hear from you!

Resilience

Workplace Strategies to Reduce Burnout and Build Resilience

by Judy Kruger & Chris Paquet -

A multi-year pandemic has resulted in organizations looking to reframe traditional workforce management practices to retain seasoned staff and prevent burnout. To address these issues, state, local, tribal, and territorial emergency management offices can consider implementing workplace engagement strategies to address the mental and physical health concerns resulting from this type of work and reduce sources of psychological distress.

Preparedness

Switch to Online Enables New Active Shooter Training for All

by Michael Melton -

Since the emergence of COVID-19, many trainings have had to adapt to an online presence. In one case, an active shooter training not only successfully transitioned to support the online delivery of these skills, but the developer embraced it and has now made it publicly available for everyone.

Podcast

Article Out Loud - Workplace Strategies to Reduce Burnout and Build Resilience

By JUDY KRUGER & CHRIS PAQUET, An Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, November 16, 2022.

A multi-year pandemic has resulted in organizations looking to reframe traditional workforce management practices to retain seasoned staff and prevent burnout. To address these issues, state, local, tribal, and territorial emergency management offices can consider implementing workplace engagement strategies to address the mental and physical health concerns resulting from this type of work and reduce sources of psychological distress. 

Narrated by Randy Vivian.

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Podcast

Article Out Loud - Switch to Online Enables New Active Shooter Training for All 

by MICHAEL MELTON, An Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, November 16, 2022.

Since the emergence of COVID-19, many trainings have had to adapt to an online presence. In one case, an active shooter training not only successfully transitioned to support the online delivery of these skills, but the developer embraced it and has now made it publicly available for everyone.

Narrated by Randy Vivian. 

Click HERE to view the full article. 

Reports

Disaster Recovery: Actions Needed to Improve the Federal Approach

The federal government has provided billions of dollars to communities recovering from disasters like floods, hurricanes, and wildfires. But federal disaster recovery programs are spread across more than 30 agencies, making it difficult for communities to figure out who to turn to for help. The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) also identified 11 options—including the strengths and limitations of each—that could improve the federal approach to disaster recovery. Congress should consider establishing an independent commission that could recommend reforms.

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Podcast

Article Out Loud - National Preparedness: Challenges, Definitions & Jurisdictions

By JORDAN NELMS & AMANDA FAUL, An Article Out Loud Flashback from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, May 22, 2013.

Change is often accompanied by challenges. This article shares the challenges that state and local jurisdictions faced in 2013 as they began implementing the guidance provided by Presidential Directive 8. 

Narrated by Randy Vivian. 

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Podcast

Article Out Loud - A Global Sensor Network for Disaster Warnings

By DIANA HOPKINS, An Article Out Loud Flashback from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, July 06, 2009 .

Technology and sensor innovation must be interoperable across jurisdictions. Look how much global sensor networks for disaster warnings have evolved internationally since 2009.

Narrated by Randy Vivian. 

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Updates

FACT SHEET: Biden-⁠Harris Administration Releases National Security Memorandum to Strengthen the Security and Resilience of U.S. Food and Agriculture

President Joe Biden signed National Security Memorandum-16 (NSM-16) to strengthen the security and resilience of United States food and agriculture. The National Security Memorandum builds on the Biden-Harris Administration’s ongoing work to ensure that American families have access to safe, affordable food, that America’s producers are able to get their goods to market, and that the American food and agricultural system is better prepared for threats that may harm the health of crops and livestock and cause shocks to the cost or availability of food.

Healthcare

Power Outages, Communication Failures & Healthcare

by Daniel Rector -

After-action reviews highlight the successes and expose the failures of disaster preparedness and response efforts. Four significant events demonstrate how communities managed when power outages, communication failures, and healthcare concerns emerged in their aftermath. Unfortunately, these same issues will resurface in future disasters unless lessons are learned.

Resilience

The Role of Faith in Disasters

by Michael Prasad -

Many faith-based organizations have disaster response and recovery components as major elements of their own missions. By partnering with governmental and nongovernmental organizations, faith-based groups can coordinate locally to support response and restoration efforts, as well as provide mental health and spiritual care when resources are critically needed.

Podcast

Article Out Loud - The Role of Faith in Disasters

By MICHAEL PRASAD, An Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, November 09, 2022.

Many faith-based organizations have disaster response and recovery components as major elements of their own missions. By partnering with governmental and nongovernmental organizations, faith-based groups can coordinate locally to support response and restoration efforts, as well as provide mental health and spiritual care when resources are critically needed.

Narrated by MacGregor Stephenson.

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Podcast

Article Out Loud - Power Outages, Communication Failures & Healthcare

By DANIEL RECTOR, An Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, November 09, 2022.

After-action reviews highlight the successes and expose the failures of disaster preparedness and response efforts. Four significant events demonstrate how communities managed when power outages, communication failures, and healthcare concerns emerged in their aftermath. Unfortunately, these same issues will resurface in future disasters unless lessons are learned.

Narrated by MacGregor Stephenson.

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Podcast

Article Out Loud - A Revised Definition of Homeland Security

By JUDSON M. FREED, An Article Out Loud Flashback from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, May 31, 2017.

A top-down approach provides guidance and support from federal agencies to local jurisdictions. A bottom-up approach ensures that local needs are being heard at the top. However, when local agencies are tasked with national security efforts, more guidance and support may be needed from above. It is time to prioritize resources, measure preparedness and response capabilities, and build and support national capabilities locally by redefining homeland security in today’s environment.

Narrated by Randy Vivian. 

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Podcast

Article Out Loud - Integrating Law Enforcement & Emergency Management

By LEWIS EAKINS, An Article Out Loud Flashback from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, January 21, 2015.

When a tornado touches down, a school is under fire, or another disaster strikes, patrol officers often are the first response personnel at the scene. In addition to their traditional crime-fighting roles, patrol officers must be able to manage an incident until more support arrives, which requires additional training for these officers and more collaboration within the community.

Narrated by Randy Vivian. 

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Podcast

Article Out Loud - Nuclear Threats Against the Homeland: Impact and Preparation

By TANYA M. SCHERR, DANIEL SCHERR & RICHARD SCHOEBERL, An Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, November 02, 2022. 

How the war in Ukraine will end is unclear. However, research shows that there is the potential for devastating effects on a global scale. As such, it is important for emergency planners to reassess their all-hazards plans to ensure their communities identify the threats and ensure their planning processes include procedures and resources to respond to these threats.

Narrated by Randy Vivian. 

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Podcast

Article Out Loud - Training the Next Generation of Cyber Guardians

By STEVE STEIN, An Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, November 02, 2022.

Despite small local governments being overrun with malware, ransomware, and myriad other threats, it is difficult to find experienced cybersecurity professionals. Meanwhile, students search for nonexistent entry-level jobs. One Washington State-based nonprofit is seeking to close this cybersecurity gap.

Narrated by Randy Vivian 

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Preparedness

Nuclear Threats Against the Homeland: Impact and Preparation

by Tanya M. Scherr, Daniel Scherr & Richard Schoeberl -

How the war in Ukraine will end is unclear. However, research shows that there is the potential for devastating effects on a global scale. As such, it is important for emergency planners to reassess their all-hazards plans to ensure their communities identify the threats and ensure their planning processes include procedures and resources to respond to these threats.

Commentary

Training the Next Generation of Cyber Guardians

by Steve Stein -

Despite small local governments being overrun with malware, ransomware, and myriad other threats, it is difficult to find experienced cybersecurity professionals. Meanwhile, students search for nonexistent entry-level jobs. One Washington State-based nonprofit is seeking to close this cybersecurity gap.

Podcast

Article Out Loud - Hospital Response to a 10-Kiloton Nuclear Detonation

By CRAIG DEATLEYI, An Article Out Loud Flashback from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, September 25, 2012.

If a nuclear device were to be detonated within any of the nations major metropolitan areas, the healthcare system both inside and outside the blast-damage zones would be seriously affected. Predicting the "what ifs" and planning for such scenarios can help hospitals and responder agencies cope with and manage the numerous deaths and injuries that may certainly occur.

Narrated by Randy Vivian. 

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Podcast

Article Out Loud - Community Resilience & Functional Needs

By MARKO BOURNE, An Article Out Loud Flashback from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, December 10, 2013.

Many cities across the United States are not adequately prepared to accommodate people with disabilities during and in the wake of major disasters. However, some of the current gaps in whole-community preparedness are beginning to close. If more-inclusive planning efforts continue to expand, communities will be able to better meet the needs of all of its citizens.

Narrated by Randy Vivian. 

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