by CHARLES GUDDEMI, An Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness Journal.
Community lifelines ensure that businesses and the government can continue functioning and society can thrive. However, a breakdown in daily operations is inevitable when one or more lifeline is lost. In communications, this means a disruption in technology that has become interwoven into societal norms – talking, texting, data transfer, social media, etc. This article shares possible solutions to the predictable loss of the communications lifeline.
by RAPHAEL M. BARISHANSKY, An Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness Journal
Public health preparedness has emerged and matured as a distinct discipline since the events of 9/11 and the subsequent Ameri-thrax attacks. Although, in the past, public health agencies were pushed to the forefront of various emergencies, the planning and infrastructure for public health emergency response were not funded and not in place until after 2001. This article describes the gaps that need to be addressed as the discipline continues to face public health emergencies worldwide.
By RICHARD SCHOEBERL & DANIEL SCHERR, An Article Out Loud Flashback from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, October 18, 2017.
“Lone wolf” attacks like the Highland Park shooting at a July 4th parade continue to represent significant threats to communities as well as national security. Whether ideologically or non-ideologically inspired, mass shootings resulting in 10 or more fatalities have occurred more than 15 times over the past 10 years. Written soon after the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, this 2017 article shares the challenges communities face in identifying potential lone wolf attacks.
By THOMAS J. LOCKWOOD & PETER LAPORTE, An Article Out Loud Flashback from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, October 26, 2016.
Various drills and exercises highlight efforts to protect communities against various types of attacks involving transportation, buildings, historic sites, sporting events, and so on. Attacks and hostage-taking incidents around the world expose vulnerabilities that need to be assessed in all communities to determine: what they need to drill, who they need to train, and how they will collaborate across jurisdictions. The lessons learned in this 2016 article are as important today as they were more than five years ago.
In most fields, basic training is part of the learning process. Fire, law enforcement, the military, and other disciplines have training academies for building competencies and testing new recruits. An exception to these types of requirements is the field of emergency management. This new training academy will ensure that all emergency managers are trained to the same standards regardless how much boots-on-the-ground experience they bring with them.
By STEPHEN M. THAL & WILLIAM H. AUSTIN, An Article Out Loud Flashback from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, May 22, 2013.
July marks the 32nd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This 2013 article describes the challenges that people with disabilities faced after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The storm left many people without basic resources, but less publicized was the fact that a number of citizens suffering from various disabilities were transported without their wheelchairs and/or other equipment and devices required to meet their needs. Trainers with real-world experiences began helping first responders lessen the impact on these citizens in future disasters.
By KENDALL A. LESER, An Article Out Loud Flashback from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, April 01, 2015.
The 2013 Boston Marathon bombing case was memorable for many people - especially for the 16 people who lost limbs on that tragic day. This 2015 article reminds local and state agencies that, by law, every jurisdiction must have plans and partnerships in place to ensure that those with existing or newly acquired disabilities are properly cared for in any emergency.
by CHRISTOPHER TANTLINGER, An Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness Journal.
A tool designed with zero tolerance would not be able to function efficiently or effectively. Likewise, taking a zero-tolerance approach to emergency preparedness and response has led to some problematic policies and procedures. This article explains why building in some level of acceptability would make policies and procedures more effective and communities more resilient.
by KURT BRADLEY, An Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness Journal
Public safety agencies require funding to support their operations. Government grants provide opportunities to build preparedness and response programs and strengthen community resilience. However, the grant process has changed over the years. This article helps agencies navigate the current competitive grant process and improve their chances of receiving much-needed funding.
By CHARLES PERINO, An Article Out Loud Flashback from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, August 12, 2015.
Key stakeholders across the northwestern U.S. continue to participate in a National Level Exercise to prepare for a massive earthquake and tsunami in the Cascadia Subduction Zone. Past catastrophic disasters can help identify the economic, geopolitical, and social factors of each community's recovery following a catastrophic disaster. This 2015 article continues to be a valuable resource in helping communities identify and address future recovery challenges before the next catastrophic event.