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A Critical Imperative for Natural Hazards

As the number and size of natural hazards increase across the globe communities can take a comprehensive preparedness approach to mitigate their potentially devastating effects By integrating the intricate interrelations of physical social economic and environmental factors communities can better withstand adapt to and recover from the shocks and stresses
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Key Bridge Collapse: Unity of Effort

As the response to the Francis Scott Key Bridge collapse continues in Baltimore Maryland the unity of effort among the many agencies and organizations involved has facilitated the progress Together they have been addressing the priorities of life safety incident stabilization property and asset protection environmental and economic restoration and
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The Psychology of Crisis

The psychological side of a disaster or other impactful event is a critical component of crisis management However many people still do not fully understand the predictable phases and patterns that could help them take the appropriate steps or actions to move through the crisis and mitigate its impact Understanding
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Shielding Communities: Public Health Strategies for Natural Hazards

Public health risks are common concerns when natural hazards occur However history shows that the increasing frequency of events and growing population sizes have been increasing the scale of events and the needs of affected populations To mitigate complex public health challenges personnel across disciplines must plan coordinate and develop
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Elegant Community Preparation

Elegant community preparation means having a process that makes disaster planning efforts simpler for community members By collaboratively focusing on novel factors in an easily understood way individuals and families can better prepare for any disaster or disruption
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Navigating the Seismic Dance: Preparedness in the Ring of Fire

The Pacific Ring of Fire a moniker that evokes images of volatility and destruction is not merely a geographic term but a constant reminder of humans vulnerability to the earth s whims Learn about the multifaceted nature of earthquake risks and delineate the indispensable role organizations play in mitigating the
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National Security: A Range of Threats

From organized foreign terrorist groups to homegrown terrorists inspired by them members of the intelligence community have indicated that the threat of attack inside the U S has increased to its highest point since the terrorist attacks of September 11 2001 Communities must explore solutions to meet the ongoing challenges
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Preparing for the Next Public Health Emergency

Public health is not just about pandemics but also about a wide range of threats that can affect the health and well being of communities In this April edition of the Domestic Preparedness Journal practitioners share ways to prepare for the next public health emergency
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Sustaining Those Working in Disasters

Those working in emergency response roles can face periods of prolonged stress which takes a toll on their health and well being It is important to know how to support them before during and after emergencies and disasters By taking a hazards approach leaders and their teams will be better
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The Missing Plague Vials

A true story of missing bubonic plague vials an airport bomb threat and other suspicious activities again demonstrate continued national and homeland security vulnerabilities and threats Perspectives may differ but the concerns are real and provide an opportunity to learn and prepare
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Primary Care Investments to Increase Community Resilience

Community health centers are medical lifelines for millions of Americans However financial constraints and healthcare workforce challenges strain these critical resources New initiatives and additional investments can help communities be more resilient and continue to meet community needs during a crisis
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truck on road with wildfire behind smoke

A Critical Imperative for Natural Hazards

As the number and size of natural hazards increase across the globe communities can take a comprehensive preparedness approach to mitigate their potentially devastating effects By integrating the intricate interrelations of physical social economic and environmental factors communities can better withstand adapt to and recover from the shocks and stresses
Read More »
Man in U.S. Coast Guard jacket looks over the water at a cargo ship and bridge that collapsed into the water next to it

Key Bridge Collapse: Unity of Effort

As the response to the Francis Scott Key Bridge collapse continues in Baltimore Maryland the unity of effort among the many agencies and organizations involved has facilitated the progress Together they have been addressing the priorities of life safety incident stabilization property and asset protection environmental and economic restoration and
Read More »
Green typewriter with white paper with only the word "Crisis" on it

The Psychology of Crisis

The psychological side of a disaster or other impactful event is a critical component of crisis management However many people still do not fully understand the predictable phases and patterns that could help them take the appropriate steps or actions to move through the crisis and mitigate its impact Understanding
Read More »
Person wearing glasses, white protective suit, blue gloves, and respirator, holding up thumb in a room with mold on the walls.

Shielding Communities: Public Health Strategies for Natural Hazards

Public health risks are common concerns when natural hazards occur However history shows that the increasing frequency of events and growing population sizes have been increasing the scale of events and the needs of affected populations To mitigate complex public health challenges personnel across disciplines must plan coordinate and develop
Read More »
Drawing of a toolbox. Inside the box are five people, a hammer, wrench, book, heart, and water flask

Elegant Community Preparation

Elegant community preparation means having a process that makes disaster planning efforts simpler for community members By collaboratively focusing on novel factors in an easily understood way individuals and families can better prepare for any disaster or disruption
Read More »
top view of live volcano in blue with smoke coming up

Navigating the Seismic Dance: Preparedness in the Ring of Fire

The Pacific Ring of Fire a moniker that evokes images of volatility and destruction is not merely a geographic term but a constant reminder of humans vulnerability to the earth s whims Learn about the multifaceted nature of earthquake risks and delineate the indispensable role organizations play in mitigating the
Read More »
NYPD police car and other emergency vehicles behind police tape and surrounded with smoke

National Security: A Range of Threats

From organized foreign terrorist groups to homegrown terrorists inspired by them members of the intelligence community have indicated that the threat of attack inside the U S has increased to its highest point since the terrorist attacks of September 11 2001 Communities must explore solutions to meet the ongoing challenges
Read More »

Preparing for the Next Public Health Emergency

Public health is not just about pandemics but also about a wide range of threats that can affect the health and well being of communities In this April edition of the Domestic Preparedness Journal practitioners share ways to prepare for the next public health emergency
Read More »
Woman in uniform walking with a notebook, seven other men and women sitting at computers and talking on phones

Sustaining Those Working in Disasters

Those working in emergency response roles can face periods of prolonged stress which takes a toll on their health and well being It is important to know how to support them before during and after emergencies and disasters By taking a hazards approach leaders and their teams will be better
Read More »
Unattended suitcase in the middle of a populated airport terminal

The Missing Plague Vials

A true story of missing bubonic plague vials an airport bomb threat and other suspicious activities again demonstrate continued national and homeland security vulnerabilities and threats Perspectives may differ but the concerns are real and provide an opportunity to learn and prepare
Read More »

The “R” Word

Resilience has multiple meanings for public health emergency and homeland security management professionals However the objective of building resilience should go beyond hazard mitigation With 2024 being FEMA s Year of Resilience it is a good time for professionals to start rethinking this concept
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Dungeons and Disasters: Gamification of Public Health Responses

New technologies offer new ways to train personnel and exercise public health responses like COVID 19 and prepare response agencies for many other threats and hazards Gamification integrates realistic scenarios in a controlled environment that can enhance community capabilities and build interagency collaboration and coordination Learn more about this training
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Interoperability During Mass Casualty Incidents

During a mass casualty incident response agencies must be able to communicate in real time This means that interoperability plans need to include everyone involved in the response One lesson learned from past incidents is that hospitals are an often overlooked responder Learn what one agency is doing to close
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Week 2 – Restoring Infrastructure and Instilling Resilience

The Key Bridge collapse was not the first of its kind and it will not be the last However there are measures community leaders can take to strengthen infrastructure and instill resilience Understanding the short term and long term goals after such an incident would help Baltimore and other communities
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An Editor’s Personal Journey to Emergency Preparedness

In honor of Women s History Month the March edition of the Domestic Preparedness Journal features articles by inspirational women who through their service and writing are instrumental in building more prepared and resilient communities The editor also shares her personal journey into emergency preparedness
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Emergency Management Goes to the Hill

Emergency managers work behind the scenes to ensure the safety security and resilience of communities before during and after a disaster As the requests for assistance increase funding is not meeting these demands Leaders from three nationwide organizations went to Washington D C to advocate for emergency management professionals and
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The Evolution of Homeland Security Higher Education

After the terrorist attacks on September 11 2001 homeland security education expanded to ensure that local state tribal territorial and federal agencies had the tools they needed to combat these threats This academic leader shares how homeland security programs change to meet new challenges and evolving threats
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Key Bridge Collapse – Transportation Infrastructure and Global Supply Chain

Any incident or event can easily disrupt the supply chain whether local regional or international Time will demonstrate the transportation supply chain and other critical impacts of the Key Bridge collapse in Baltimore Here are six recommendations to ensure the plans training resources capabilities and facilities to safeguard the nation
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Recovery – “Coming Back” After Disasters and Emergencies

The Federal Emergency Management Agency FEMA has spent decades preparing for and responding to disasters Now FEMA is revamping its recovery process Learn about the current efforts from someone who was integrally involved in previous updates to the nation s mitigation preparedness response and recovery operations
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April 2024 Eclipse – Moving From Planning Into Operations

On April 8 2024 the path of the total solar eclipse will cross much of the middle section of the United States from Mexico to Canada As solar eclipse groups move from planning to operations find out how emergency preparedness and response professionals can provide guidance to their community partners
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Support and Planning Inside 911 Centers

In an emergency call 911 This simple instruction is easy to remember but many do not know about the people training and technology required to make this lifesaving tool available 24 7 Learn about what happens inside the four walls of an emergency communications center and the strategic planning every
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