On 14 September 2016, a half-day workshop was conducted at The International Emergency Management Society (TIEMS) Conference. The topic of that workshop was “The New Normal in Emergency Management.” An expert panel included representatives from the Department of Homeland Security, the United States Coast Guard, the United States Customs and Border Control, San Diego Harbor Police, plus community and business professionals. This white paper summarizes the proceedings and presents the panelists’ view on the topic of the “new normal” and how it relates to their daily operations.
In the event of a biological incident in a transportation hub such as a subway system, effective remediation of railcars, subway tunnels and stations will require the use of various decontamination approaches. The study described in this report builds on previous fogging decontamination research, but with a focus on decontaminating subway railcars and related materials.
The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) 2017-2021 Strategic Plan builds on prior successes and reflects emerging issues that FSIS faces in ensuring that the food products they regulate are safe to eat. In addition to establishing a clear foundation for long-range and day-to-day operations, the plan positions FSIS to anticipate future needs and challenges.
The purpose of this casebook is to provide U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and other officials who deliver public health information with real-world inspired opportunities for reflective learning on the principles of effective medical countermeasures communication and on the wider contexts that influence the development, delivery, and consumption of accurate, timely, and meaningful MCM information in an emergency.
“Management of dead bodies after disasters: A field manual for first responders” provides practical, easy-to-follow guidelines to ensure proper and dignified management of dead bodies after disasters. This second edition reflects scientific and technical developments in the field of mass fatality management, and lessons learned from the use of the manual.
Concerned over the current lack of guidance for access and functional needs considerations associated with an active shooter attack, the California Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) brought together a group of representatives from law enforcement, the California State Council on Developmental Disabilities, emergency managers, the California Specialized Training Institute, and other disability stakeholders to update its Active Shooter Awareness Guidance.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) developed the 2017-2022 Health Care Preparedness and Response Capabilities guidance to describe what the healthcare delivery system, including healthcare coalitions, hospitals, and emergency medical services, have to do to effectively prepare for and respond to emergencies that affect the public’s health.
This report addresses the safety of land-based commercial nuclear power plants in the United States. It demonstrates how the U.S. government achieves and maintains a high-level of nuclear safety worldwide by enhancing national measures and international cooperation and by meeting the obligations of all the articles established by the Convention.
Extreme space weather events, which could significantly degrade critical infrastructure, could disable large portions of the electrical power grid, resulting in cascading failures that would affect key services. Successfully preparing for space weather events is an all-of-nation endeavor that requires partnerships across governments, emergency managers, academia, the media, the insurance industry, non-profits, and the private sector.
The CDC ensures the health, safety, and security of the American people. CDC scientists and public health experts are world leaders at responding to large-scale health emergencies such as natural disasters, pandemics, deliberate attacks, environmental catastrophes, and other health threats.