A behind-the-scenes CDC report on how DHS's NIMS & ICS guidelines were pressed into service to protect the participants (from 27 countries and territories) in this year's Festival of Pacific Arts, hosted by American Samoa.
Enhance emergency preparedness by installing heating systems that also can generate electrical power during severe weather. The most important benefit, though, would be not a change in equipment but a change both in thinking & in planning ahead.
Did the suicide of Dr. Bruce Ivins write "finished" to the investigation of the 2001 anthrax attacks. Perhaps. But questions remain, there are some circumstances yet to be explained, & the case against him may not be as airtight as originally believed.
From "two-lane" decon lanes to high-tech detection equipment and personal protective gear, most U.S. hospitals are behind the curve in preparing to deal with mass-casualty decontamination incidents. What can be done about it?
The assumption that an accident victim who is not breathing is dead can be a fatal mistake - for the victim. Which is just one of many reasons why so many laws governing the handling of apparent deaths have been enacted by every state in the union.
The innovative CEFO Program represents a new national resource that is already being used by 21 states to strengthen their own epidemiological preparedness capabilities, with other states sure to follow in the near future.
Best-case estimates provide a shaky foundation for all-hazards disaster plans; worst-case estimates may cost more in the short term, therefore, but are a better working tool for post-incident response and recovery efforts.
Community Emergency Response Team members are often the only medical "reserve" available to a community hit by a mass-casualty incident. But, like the medical professionals they are helping, they face some difficult questions impossible to answer.