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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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Resilience-Based CI and Domestic Preparedness: A Long-Overdue Imperative

For decades preparedness leaders have known and publicly warned about the rapidly growing and metastasizing threats to and exploitable vulnerabilities of U S critical infrastructure CI Ongoing iterations of the 1990s era CI status quo i e cybersecurity and protection focused efforts have proven no match for the existing much
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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

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

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

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

Resilience-Based CI and Domestic Preparedness: A Long-Overdue Imperative

For decades preparedness leaders have known and publicly warned about the rapidly growing and metastasizing threats to and exploitable vulnerabilities of U S critical infrastructure CI Ongoing iterations of the 1990s era CI status quo i e cybersecurity and protection focused efforts have proven no match for the existing much

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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Article Out Loud – The Psychology of Crisis

  Full article by Mary Schoenfeldt, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, May 22, 2024. In this feature article, the board president of Green Cross Academy of Traumatology describes the psychological side of disasters and other impactful events as a critical component of crisis management. Many people still do

Article Out Loud – Elegant Community Preparation

  Full article by Aaron Titus, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, May 8, 2024. In this feature article, the executive director for Crisis Cleanup shares how elegant community preparation offers a process that simplifies disaster planning efforts for community members. Communities need to prepare together and focus on

Article Out Loud – Navigating the Seismic Dance: Preparedness in the Ring of Fire

  Full article by Alicia Johnson, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, May 8, 2024. In this feature article, an emergency manager with extensive experience in risk communications and public affairs informs readers about the multifaceted nature of earthquake risks and delineates the indispensable role organizations play in mitigating

Article Out Loud – National Security: A Range of Threats

  Full article by Anthony Mottola and Richard Schoeberl, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, May 1, 2024. In this feature article, two law enforcement and counterterrorism experts discuss the growing threats from organized foreign terrorist groups to homegrown terrorists inspired by them. Members of the intelligence community have

Article Out Loud – Sustaining Those Working in Disasters

  Full article by Jolie Wills, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, April 24, 2024. In this featured article, a cognitive scientist and psychosocial disaster recovery specialist emphasizes the importance of supporting those working in emergency response roles before, during, and after emergencies and disasters. Leaders and their teams

Article Out Loud – Mental Awareness to Enhance Preparedness

  Full article by Andrew (Andy) Altizer, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, April 17, 2024. In this featured article, an emergency manager with military experience points out that emergency managers, public health officials, and first responders often stress the importance of physical fitness, but sometimes neglect mental fitness.

Article Out Loud – Primary Care Investments to Increase Community Resilience

  Full article by Angie Im, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, April 17, 2024. In this featured article, a healthcare research and policy expert describes the importance of community health centers and their impact on community resilience. These medical lifelines for millions of Americans are facing financial and

Article Out Loud – The Missing Plague Vials

  Full article by Robert C. Hutchinson, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, April 17, 2024. In this featured article, an experienced federal agent shares a true story of missing bubonic plague vials, an airport bomb threat, and other suspicious activities that demonstrate continued national and homeland security vulnerabilities

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