Preparedness

Residential Coastal Construction Course Offered by FEMA

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is pleased to announce a training opportunity on Residential Coastal Construction designed to train participants to effectively use the Coastal Construction Manual (FEMA P-55). Course E0386 provides a comprehensive approach to planning, siting, designing, constructing, and maintaining homes in the coastal environment.

FEMA's New Planning Doctrine

by Jordan Nelms -

Two new guidance documents further integrate emergency management planning efforts at the regional and national levels. The Federal Emergency Management Agency sets the stage for integrated planning and builds a coherent planning system by integrating the Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment and providing valuable resources for national preparedness professionals.

Emergency Operations Center Activation & the Active Shooter Scenario

by Dave Points -

Law enforcement and emergency management planning actions for active shooter incidents can have large payoffs for communities. For example, emergency managers can assist law enforcement officers in using resources that emergency operations centers can provide, developing training exercises, and securing grant funding for mitigation efforts, training, and equipment.

Changing the Future of Human Relations

by Samuel Johnson -

The "us versus them" mentality that has surfaced in recent news reports - in Ferguson, Missouri, New York City, and other U.S. communities - arises from the human relations divide between citizens and law enforcement officers. A simple solution exists, but it requires both "us" and "them" to redefine the social construction within communities.

Body-Worn Cameras: The Path Forward

by James Coldren Jr. & Denise Rodriguez King -

As contradictory witness reports of police actions surface in law enforcement incidents across the United States, the White House proposes equipping all police officers with body-worn cameras. However, before implementing such programs, agencies first must examine related benefits and challenges, and evaluate and review the effectiveness of these cameras as law enforcement tools.

Emerging Infectious Diseases - A Whole-Community Approach

by Anthony S. Mangeri -

As Ebola traveled across borders to countries not previously affected, the need for comprehensive preparedness plans became obvious. However, such cases are not simply public health threats, but whole-community incidents. As such, emergency managers must assess emerging infectious disease threats and prepare to manage a multiagency response to these slow onset disasters.

The Future of Handheld Chemical Detection & Identification

by Chris Petty -

By identifying technology gaps as well as trends in detection needs and capabilities, manufacturers are creating new mass spectrometry tools that are smaller, easier to use, and more accurate for trace-level detection and identification. In 2015, first responders, civil support teams, and military personnel may be able to fill gaps left by their current equipment.

Community Preparedness for Power-Grid Failure

by Mary D. Lasky -

Loss of the electric power grid could cause cascading effects following a major disaster. By working and planning together, individuals and communities will be better prepared and more resilient when faced with any disaster. As communities plan for major disasters, they also will be better prepared for not-so-major incidents.

Grid Power Failure - Alternative Energy Systems That Work

by William Kaewert -

As businesses and residents examine alternative energy sources in light of long-term power outage threats, some important features must be considered. Ensuring that a system is able to operate off grid requires that it operate completely independently, have a manual or automatic transfer switch installed, and include either on-site energy storage assets or a fuel-consuming generator.

To Help Identify Causes of Fatal Fires Nationwide, NASFM Launches Online Training Program

Over a five-year period, the cause of ignition in the National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) was unknown in almost three out of every five home fire deaths. Recognizing the reporting gap in NFIRS, the National Association of State Fire Marshals (NASFM) has launched a free, online training program for the fire service.