Article Out Loud - Local Heroes Helping Their Fellow Citizens With Disabilities

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.

Narrated by MacGregor Stephenson. 

Article Out Loud - People With Disabilities - Laws, Plans & Partnerships

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. 

Narrated by MacGregor Stephenson. 


Article Out Loud - Building Capability: Zero Tolerance vs. Acceptability

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.

Narrated by Randy Vivian. 

Article Out Loud - Public Safety Grant Programs Changes – A 10-Year Review

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.

Narrated by MacGregor Stephenson. 

Article Out Loud - Correlation Between Land Use Decisions & Recovery Efforts

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.

Narrated by Randy Vivian. 

Article Out Loud - Emerging Homeland Security Issues – A 2018 Panel Review

By JOSEPH J. LEONARD JR., An Article Out Loud Flashback from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, May 08, 2019.

The world is currently facing many threats. In 2018, Domestic Preparedness hosted the Emerging Homeland Security Issues Panel in conjunction with the Clean Gulf Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana. This article summarizes the active discussion among panel members and more than 50 attendees on hybrid warfare, the threat environment, strategic and operational preparedness, emerging technology to meet these threats, and the sustainment of interagency relationships

Narrated by Bonnie Weidler. 

Article Out Loud - The Risk-Based Approach to Hazardous Material/WMD Incidents

by TONY MUSSORFITI, An Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness Journal.

Low-frequency, high-consequence events are rare, emergency responders still need to be able to evaluate these complex problems and determine initial actions. To avoid being overwhelmed and increasing the risks to both responders and civilians, emergency responders need to be able to quickly identify all potential hazards, then predict the outcome when a hazardous material or weapon of mass destruction¬ (WMD) incident occurs. This article explains how a risk-based approach will better prepare responders for future situations.

Narrated by Randy Vivian. 

Article Out Loud - Apples & Oranges - Understanding Curies & REM in Radiation Sources

By JEFFREY D. WILLIAMS, An Article Out Loud Flashback from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, July 08, 2015.

Hazardous material personnel are faced with a broad range of chemical, biological, and radiological hazards. However, not all hazards are equal, nor are similar quantities. As hazardous material experts convene in Baltimore this week for an annual convention, this 2015 article offers a glimpse of how they must use terminology of measurement units,  the relationship of quantity, and biological impact of specific materials to determine the appropriate response when encountering radiological materials.

Narrated by MacGregor Stephenson.

Article Out Loud - Cascadia Catastrophe - Not If, But When

By ARTHUR GLYNN, An Article Out Loud Flashback from the Domestic Preparedness Journal,  June 15, 2016.

Tomorrow, a simulated 9.0-magnitude earthquake will rupture along the 700-mile Cascadia Subduction Zone (CSZ). Such an event could create 90-foot wave surges in some areas, according to geological factors and historical accounts. Using research and lessons learned from previous events and exercises like those described in this 2016 article, communities in and around the CSZ, and those with interconnected waterways, need are getting prepared for the inevitable.

Narrated by MacGregor Stephenson.

Article Out Loud - How the Best Get Better: Partnerships & a Trifecta Disaster

by JUDY KRUGER & SCOTT HARRIS, An Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness Journal.

Japan is more prepared for future disasters due to communications and annual investments into exercises and drills with local and international partners. Tokyo Disney Resort leveraged private-public partnerships to increase preparedness in employees, guests, business services, critical infrastructure facilities, and government stakeholders to manage future disruptions caused by natural disasters. A private-public partnership helped align business needs and supported risk-information decision-making during a complex, large-scale disaster.

Narrated by MacGregor Stephenson.