The FDA’s Foodborne Outbreak Response Improvement Plan (FORIP) is an important step that the FDA is taking to enhance the speed, effectiveness, coordination, and communication of outbreak investigations.
The standards outline the critical topics to be covered in the initial education of EMS clinicians based on the latest version of the National EMS Scope of Practice Model, as well as recent research and best practices. The high-level document defines the competencies, clinical behaviors and judgments required of EMS personnel to perform their roles.
The risk of death or injury from fire is not the same for everyone. This topical fire report explores fire risk for people living in the United States and why for some groups of people, fire risk is more severe.
The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has developed the Infrastructure Resilience Planning Framework (IRPF) to enable the incorporation of security and resilience considerations in critical infrastructure planning and investment decisions.
The Bipartisan Commission on BioDefense released a new report on the National BioWatch system which details specific actions that must be taken to make the system effective.
BioWatch was established in 2003 as a national biodetection system but has never been able to consistently demonstrate its operational capability in the field. The system detects a small number of organisms with questionable accuracy and produces results up to 36 hours after a pathogen may have been present near a detector, long after responders would need to act. It is far more likely that sick people seeking treatment at hospitals will make public health and safety officials aware of a biological event well before BioWatch results are available.