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by ROBERT J. (BOB) ROLLER, An Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness Journal. An essential national incident management guidance document is finally available to responders nationwide. This document will significantly improve a unified response to and recovery from large-scale incidents. However, additional work is needed to create an enha…
 
by MARK J. MISCZAK, An Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness Journal.Despite punishing hurricanes in Puerto Rico and Florida, the 2022 season has been relatively quiet for much of the Gulf coast and Atlantic seaboard. This article describes the resources that help communities mitigate risk now before the next hurricane season.Narrated by …
 
by DAVID GEARY & TRACY FESSLER, An Article Out Loud Flashback from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, March 23, 2011.For understandable reasons, major disasters - e.g., earthquakes and tsunamis - get most of the headlines and more of the public funds available even in economically difficult times. Local jurisdictions would be well advised, therefor…
 
By DAVID L. WEGNER & SHERI TICKNER, An Article Out Loud Flashback from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, April 13, 2016. Globally, government agencies are at a nexus in how to plan for and address society's dependence on infrastructure to sustain economies, support and protect people, and implement strategies to provide for an appropriate level of…
 
by MICHAEL MELTON, An Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness Journal.Since the emergence of COVID-19, many trainings have had to adapt to an online presence. In one case, an active shooter training not only successfully transitioned to support the online delivery of these skills, but the developer embraced it and has now made it publicly a…
 
by JUDY KRUGER & CHRIS PAQUET, An Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness Journal.A multi-year pandemic has resulted in organizations looking to reframe traditional workforce management practices to retain seasoned staff and prevent burnout. To address these issues, state, local, tribal, and territorial emergency management offices can cons…
 
By JORDAN NELMS & AMANDA FAUL, An Article Out Loud Flashback from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, May 22, 2013.Change is often accompanied by challenges. This article shares the challenges that state and local jurisdictions faced in 2013 as they began implementing the guidance provided by Presidential Directive 8. Narrated by Randy Vivian.…
 
By DIANA HOPKINS, An Article Out Loud Flashback from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, July 06, 2009 .Technology and sensor innovation must be interoperable across jurisdictions. Look how much global sensor networks for disaster warnings have evolved internationally since 2009.Narrated by Randy Vivian.…
 
by MICHAEL PRASAD, An Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness Journal.Many faith-based organizations have disaster response and recovery components as major elements of their own missions. By partnering with governmental and nongovernmental organizations, faith-based groups can coordinate locally to support response and restoration efforts,…
 
by DANIEL RECTOR, An Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness JournalAfter-action reviews highlight the successes and expose the failures of disaster preparedness and response efforts. Four significant events demonstrate how communities managed when power outages, communication failures, and healthcare concerns emerged in their aftermath. Un…
 
By LEWIS EAKINS, An Article Out Loud Flashback from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, January 21, 2015.When a tornado touches down, a school is under fire, or another disaster strikes, patrol officers often are the first response personnel at the scene. In addition to their traditional crime-fighting roles, patrol officers must be able to manage a…
 
By JUDSON M. FREED, An Article Out Loud Flashback from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, May 31, 2017.A top-down approach provides guidance and support from federal agencies to local jurisdictions. A bottom-up approach ensures that local needs are being heard at the top. However, when local agencies are tasked with national security efforts, more …
 
by STEVE STEIN, An Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness Journal.Despite small local governments being overrun with malware, ransomware, and myriad other threats, it is difficult to find experienced cybersecurity professionals. Meanwhile, students search for nonexistent entry-level jobs. One Washington State-based nonprofit is seeking to …
 
by TANYA M. SCHERR, DANIEL SCHERR & RICHARD SCHOEBERL, An Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness Journal.How the war in Ukraine will end is unclear. However, research shows that there is the potential for devastating effects on a global scale. As such, it is important for emergency planners to reassess their all-hazards plans to ensure the…
 
By MARKO BOURNE, An Article Out Loud Flashback from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, December 10, 2013.Many cities across the United States are not adequately prepared to accommodate people with disabilities during and in the wake of major disasters. However, some of the current gaps in whole-community preparedness are beginning to close. If more…
 
By CRAIG DEATLEYI, An Article Out Loud Flashback from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, September 25, 2012.If a nuclear device were to be detonated within any of the nation�s major metropolitan areas, the healthcare system both inside and outside the blast-damage zones would be seriously affected. Predicting the "what ifs" and planning for such sc…
 
by MICHAEL MONTFORT, An Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness Journal.A June 2022 exercise challenged amateur radio operators with establishing a Communications Unit with no power or pre-positioned equipment. The exercise was successful, but the key takeaways are already helping to improve collaboration and communications throughout the r…
 
by THOMAS RUSSO, An Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness Journal.Given 20 years of pandemic planning, is it not surprising when people ask, “Why were we not ready?” This question should be explored whether the time has come to put the country on a warlike footing for pandemic response with a coherent, institutionalized, and tested pandem…
 
by MABEL DE LEO & DEBORAH SATELER, An Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness Journal.The current monkeypox outbreak is different from historical outbreaks that remained endemic and rarely became international events. Now the situation is changing daily. This article explains what precautions are needed to prevent the spread and how new app…
 
by ZSOFIA PASZTOR & SZABOLCS PASZTOR, An Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness Journal.Even though food is necessary for survival, it is not common to see agricultural workers at a disaster training exercise. However, one organization demonstrates why training these volunteers with emergency preparedness and response skills is essential f…
 
By KAY C. GOSS, An Article Out Loud Flashback from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, September 09, 2015.This 2015 article will help preparedness professionals better understand the presidential disaster declaration process and how to access supplemental disaster relief funds following a hurricane or other disaster.Narrated by Randy Vivian.…
 
By MITCH SARUWATARI, An Article Out Loud Flashback from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, December 21, 2011.Preparedness efforts are continually improving. However, as expressed in this 2011 article, the challenge of establishing verifiable standards, quantifying improvements, and identifying readiness gaps is ongoing.Narrated by Randy Vivian.…
 
by BENJAMIN LIEB & JASON BASHURA, An Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness Journal.History reveals patterns that preparedness professionals can use to better protect communities from agroterrorism and supply chain threats. One historical study has been updated to reflect cases of intentional food contamination events around the world. Lea…
 
by JAMES ORIGLIOSSO & SKY TERRY, An Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness Journal.Volunteer general aviation pilots have assisted their communities during emergencies and disasters for many years. This is the second of a two-part article on their disaster preparedness efforts in the Pacific Northwest. In this part, they participate in two…
 
By CRAIG DEATLEY, An Article Out Loud Flashback from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, August 07, 2013.Monkeypox is the latest virus that raises contamination and decontamination questions. This 2013 article explains how each decision made will affect a hospital's total cost and benefits.Narrated by Randy Vivian.…
 
by JENNIFER PEARSALL, An Article Out Loud by the Domestic Preparedness Journal. Over the past two and a half years, most emergency preparedness professionals experienced some level of virtual work, even at emergency operations centers (EOC). And it appears that some aspects of working virtually is here to stay – including during a response. This ar…
 
by PATRICK COYLE, An Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness Journal.The Chemical Sector is one of 16 sectors identified as critical infrastructure under the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency. Domestic Preparedness invited one subject matter expert to answer important questions about this sector and how the sector and its inter…
 
By JOSEPH CAHILL, An Article Out Loud Flashback from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, March 25, 2009.This 2009 article discusses the lessons learned after Hurricane Katrina. Following the evacuation of many Floridians prior to Hurricane Ian, many new lessons will likely be learned.Narrated by Randy Vivian.…
 
By RAPHAEL M. BARISHANSKY, An Article Out Loud Flashback from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, May 02, 2012.Hospitals in Florida continued to care for their patients as Hurricane Ian battered their state. This 2012 article describes the type of interagency cooperation and standard of care needed during this crisis.Narrated by Randy Vivian.…
 
by LISA NENNO & TIMOTHY MILLER, An Article Out Loud by the Domestic Preparedness Journal. During their service, military personnel acquire a broad range of lifesaving skills that are critical when on the frontline during wartime. Effective medical triage is one of the skills needed during combat and any major disaster or catastrophic event. Partner…
 
by SKY TERRY, An Article Out Loud by the Domestic Preparedness Journal. General aviation pilots have been finding ways to assist their communities during emergencies and disasters for many years. However, over the past two years, significant advances in disaster preparedness have been made as emergency response plans were created and exercised to i…
 
by BRUCE FITZGERALD, An Article Out Loud by the Domestic Preparedness Journal. A 9.0-magnitude earthquake is a predictable scenario along the Cascadia Subduction Zone. This article describes how the tribal nations in the Pacific Northwest are preparing their region for this catastrophic event. This exercise allowed tribal and non-tribal participant…
 
by ANDREW ALTIZER & TIMOTHY MURPHY, An Article Out Loud by the Domestic Preparedness Journal. Building resource capacity involves research, planning, and execution that should begin now. Identifying potential dangers, considering “what if” scenarios, capitalizing on other events and incidents, and overcoming barriers are key components for building…
 
By THEODORE (TED) TULLY, An Article Out Loud Flashback from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, November 23, 2011. Two major weather events that occurred earlier this year will be long remembered not only by meteorologists and historians but by the general public as well. Tornadoes struck the city of Joplin without warning and destroyed everything i…
 
By RICHARD SCHOEBERL, An Article Out Loud Flashback from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, November 28, 2012. Before passenger aircraft were hijacked and used as weapons, and bombs were smuggled inside underwear and shoes, such attacks may not have seemed likely to occur. Similarly, the reproduction and dispersal of the "eradicated" smallpox virus…
 
by WILLIAM H. AUSTIN, An Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness Journal. When intentional acts of violence occur, people often wonder if the incident was preventable. For example, after a mass shooting killed 19 students and 2 teachers in Uvalde, Texas, on May 24, 2022, many were questioning the predictability of the gunman’s actions and t…
 
by JOHN PENNINGTON, An Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness Journal.Emergency management professionals are tasked with making their communities more resilient to future threats and disasters. However, emergency management leaders and their organizations must adjust and adapt to more than just response scenarios. For tribal emergency mana…
 
By RODNEY E. ANDREASEN, An Article Out Loud Flashback from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, April 06, 2016. Law enforcement officers, paramedics, and other responders have received extensive training in dealing with active shooters and the wounds resulting from active shooter incidents. However, the potential force multipliers in all these attack…
 
By RICHARD GREEN & TIMOTHY PERCIFUL, An Article Out Loud Flashback from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, August 28, 2019.When there is a need for sheltering animals, there are several options – each comes with advantages and disadvantages. Conditions, agency policies, experiences, resources, or timing typically drive the decision as to what type …
 
by PATTY RIDINGS, An Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness Journal.Catastrophic earthquakes and a desire for residents to help their neighbors inspired the creation of Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT). Since its creation in 1986, CERT has become a nationwide program that continues to evolve. This article describes how a new digit…
 
by RICHARD SCHOEBERL & W. COCHRAN PRUETT, An Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness Journal. Despite the deaths of Islamic State and al-Qaida leadership, violent extremism is not gone. This article describes why, despite recent successful strikes against terrorist groups, intelligence agencies and others tasked with protecting their commun…
 
By BARRY KANNE, An Article Out Loud Flashback from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, November 04, 2009.In times of sudden disaster, help may be just around the corner - particularly if a ham radio operator is living there. Their ranks are legion, they usually pay all of their own costs, and they are among the most highly skilled communicators in t…
 
By RODRIGO (RODDY) MOSCOSO, An Article Out Loud Flashback from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, June 15, 2011The old saying that, "No matter where you go, there you are," has become the new Golden Rule for emergency-alert notifications, thanks to the combined efforts of the FCC, FEMA, and the commercial U.S. cellular industry. That is the PLAN, a…
 
by HAILEY YORK & LINDSEY LANE, An Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness Journal. Human trafficking is the world’s second-largest criminal industry. In the wake of natural disasters, the risk to vulnerable populations rises. This article informs preparedness and response professionals on how to better protect their communities and prepare …
 
by JUDY KRUGER & KYLE OVERLY, An Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness Journal.Before 2019, partner agencies coordinated incident command primarily from a physical emergency operations center (EOC). This practice shifted to virtual EOCs during the COVID-19 pandemic for many agencies. Virtual EOCs can effectively address community needs th…
 
By MARKO BOURNE, An Article Out Loud Flashback from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, January 30, 2013.Joplin High School and Sandy Hook Elementary School both suffered devastating disasters - one natural and one manmade. In both cases, the residents rallied behind their schools and their communities to rebuild and recover. Lesson learned: From un…
 
By SARA RUBIN, An Article Out Loud Flashback from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, October 24, 2012.By using mHealth technologies, local health departments can improve their efficiency and effectiveness not only in communicating with the public but also in dispensing medical countermeasures during large-scale pandemics. Current initiatives can of…
 
by ERIN VALENTINE, An Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness JournalEffective trainings are ones where the participants remember and later implement what they learned into their daily operations. Not everyone knows how they would respond in a true emergency. However, some trainings provide a more realistic glimpse into disaster scenarios t…
 
by ROBERT C. HUTCHINSON, An Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness Journal. Although it may not have been readily apparent in early 2020, the federal government did have a comprehensive national strategy and implementation plan for a pandemic threat. Despite having these resources and knowledge, the United States was still unprepared to ef…
 
By THOMAS P. RUSSO, An Article Out Loud Flashback from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, August 08, 2012. Having choices opens many opportunities for patients and responders as well as medical staff within the U.S. healthcare system. However, that benefit has led to complications in communications and the sharing of information. Healthcare coaliti…
 
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