Article Out Loud - Application of the Cynefin Framework to COVID-19 Pandemic

by JUDY KRUGER & ROMEO LAVARIAS, an Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness Journal. 

Since the spring of 2020, variables such 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. It is useful because it can help identify the complexity of an infectious disease problem to inform resource allocation across many domains in the hopes of identifying gaps that can be addressed. This article looks at the pandemic as an event outside the realm of regular expectations due to the scope, duration, scale, and social climate.

Narrated by MacGregor Stephenson

Article Out Loud - Top 10 Habits for Better Crisis Preparedness

by ANDREW ALTIZER, an Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness Journal.

When time permits, in-depth quantitative research offers valuable information for disaster preparedness and response. However, the foundation of preparedness is rooted in the day-to-day activities that prevent small events from becoming big crises and help manage large events that cannot be avoided. As such, the following little habits can have big effects both operationally and administratively for any emergency or disaster.

Narrated by MacGregor Stephenson

Article Out Loud - Future-Proofing Infrastructure Supports Community Resilience

by RYAN COLKER, an Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness Journal

Buildings and infrastructure built today must be designed and operated to withstand the risks they will face across their life cycles (often 50 years or more), including lowering greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions that drive some of these changing risks. With that in mind, community leaders and emergency managers must make building resiliency and future-proofing a priority by implementing policies and practices that both enhance resilience against the impacts of climate change and lower emissions. Building codes (including energy codes) are at the core of these solutions.

Narrated by MacGregor Stephenson

Article Out Loud - Essentials of a School-Based Crisis Response Plan

by MARY SCHOENFELDT, an Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness Journal

School crisis response plans come in a variety of formats. Although the structure may vary, the content must include the essentials for the plan to be usable and effective. A basic school-based crisis response plan has seven key elements: organizing structure, communications system, accountability system, parent/student reunification, alternative location, equipment and supplies, and aftermath/recovery plan. 

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Narrated by MacGregor Stephenson

Protecting GPS Satellites, Signals, and America Webinar

On 17 November 2021, the Domestic Preparedness Journal and the Resilient Navigation & Timing Foundation hosted a panel discussion on the vulnerabilities of the global positioning systems (GPS) and potential efforts to deter attacks on and interference with GPS satellites and signals. The Honorable John Garamendi, Congressman for the 3rd District of California and Chair of the House Armed Services Readiness Subcommittee, provided an introduction. Dana A. Goward, President of Resilient Navigation and Timing Foundation, and David Olive, Principal at Catalyst Partners LLC, moderated the discussion. The panel included: Dr. Scott Pace, Director of George Washington University’s Space Studies Institute and Former Executive Secretary at the U.S. Space Council; George Beebe, Vice President for Studies at the Center for the National Interest and author of “The Russia Trap”; and Greg Winfree, Director of the Texas Transportation Institute and Former Assistant Secretary of U.S. Department of Transportation.

Pandemic Preparedness, From A Local and State Perspective

In cooperation with the National Association of Counties (NACo) and the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM), DomPrep is please to produce and host a ninety-minute (90) audio conversation that will discuss the pandemic and other concurrent incidents. WHAT YOU WILL LEARN: • Lessons learned from the pandemic • How to apply these lessons to future plans, exercises, and training routines • What happens when a pandemic collides with natural disasters, the George Floyd killing, mammoth power outage, and more

Supply Chain Management

Three experts present their insights and experiences on managing a supply chain during a pandemic. Areas to be discussed: TECHNOLOGY: How does technology enhance or complicate resilience and the supply chain? RELATIONSHIPS: How have relationships with customers and suppliers changed during the the pandemic? COLLABORATION: How does federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial interfaces impact preparedness vis-á-vis the supply chain?

Law Enforcement's Tsunami of Change 2021

Throughout 2020, many public institutions have been tested. Many did not rise to the occasion and embrace the challenges. Many did not exhibit the domestic preparedness stance that they spent years portraying – law enforcement was no exception.

COVID-19 Testing – What It Is & Why It is Important

In the age of COVID-19, community leaders and the public they serve are bombarded with news related to testing. However, many do not understand the value the results can provide, to whom they should be given, and the actions that are allowed and should be taken. These questions need to be asked and small steps need to be taken to better comprehend what can and should be done to protect communities from a not fully understood biological threat.

Law Enforcement's Perfect Storm 2020

Law enforcement is having a perfect storm with challenges in hiring, challenges in retention, and challenges with early retirement. This podcast is a follow up to a discussion that began in January 2017 with Joseph Trindal. Joe leads a team of retired federal, state, and local criminal justice officials providing consulting and training services to public and private sector organizations enhancing leadership, risk management, preparedness, and police services.