Application of the Cynefin Framework to COVID-19 Pandemic

Since the spring of 2020, variables such as mistrust of government leaders, anti-maskers, and economic concerns complicated COVID-19 community response. The Cynefin framework is a sensemaking theory in the social sciences to create a framework for emergency managers in large-scale events.

DHS CWMD and Seattle Conduct a Biological Threat Preparedness Exercise

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Office (CWMD), Seattle area emergency managers, public health officials, laboratory officials, and first responders conducted a virtual tabletop exercise of the BioWatch program.

Four Key Elements of Crisis Prevention

A crisis can occur when a situation becomes unstable, circumstances suddenly change, or tension and stress heighten. However, not all events need to reach the level of a crisis or disaster if proper preventative measures are taken. Preparing for and possibly preventing a crisis mean thinking outside the box, creating good habits, developing a plan, and then implementing that plan.

Future-Proofing Infrastructure Supports Community Resilience

With communities around the globe feeling the effects of climate change, society must continue to prioritize initiatives that address its causes and impacts. For example, in mid-December 2021, 61 tornadoes formed in the central U.S. when such intense events are unusual, and Texas and Oklahoma saw a winter storm and freezing temperatures in February 2021. Additionally, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the U.S. experienced 20 major disasters in 2021 totaling $145 billion in damages and resulting in 688 deaths ‚Äď ranking as the second-highest number of events, the third-highest cost, and the sixth highest deaths. Coupled with the continuation of high-powered storms with the rising costs of construction, labor, and materials, communities run the risk of entering an endless cycle of destruction and rebuilding.

Domestic Preparedness Journal Offers "Articles Out Loud"

The Domestic Preparedness Journal recognizes that emergency preparedness professionals are incredibly busy, and often on the road. To give you more opportunities to benefit from the articles in the Journal, each week you will be able to download the article for the week in Articles Out Loud on
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