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Time Value of Capability: Expenditures vs. Savings

by Charles Eaneff -

The business of domestic preparedness seems to be a likely priority in 2017, and the relationship between the time value of state and local capabilities and federal disaster relief policies are sure to evolve. For public safety professionals – including police, fire, emergency medical, and emergency management services – the time value of capability is fundamentally the same as the time value of money.


Local Role in Preparedness & Resilience to Natural Disasters

by Roland Temah -

Natural disasters begin locally and may affect one or more communities simultaneously. However, a community approach to preparedness and resilience – with local government officials identifying the different natural disasters that make their communities vulnerable – can greatly influence response and sustainability efforts to counteract potential challenges. To achieve effective resilience, preparedness should be systematic.


Enhancing Incident Management for Local Responders

by Jeffrey Driskill Sr. -

Since 2003, the National Incident Management System (NIMS) has required local officials to report NIMS compliance actions to their respective emergency management agencies, which in turn reported these results to the state. The National Incident Management System is entering its 14th year with varied degrees of accomplishment.


Ghosts of Old Vulnerability

by Douglas K. McDaniel -

There are few conversations today capable of surfacing guttural emotional responses quite like a discussion related to bias and inequalities. The challenge is clear. From the most elementary perspective, if the existence of bias and/or inequalities is acknowledged, it is illogical to then ignore the possibility that adverse impacts are possible as well.


Sailing Toward Port Resilience

by Yuri Graves -

A sturdy boat and a knowledgeable crew increase the odds for a safe voyage. To build a sailboat with a strong, sturdy foundation, the keel is laid and the hull is made to balance and support the entire boat while at sea. Similarly, community preparedness also needs a strong foundation on which to build.


Authoritarianism & the American Response: 2017 Forecast

by Christopher Milburn -

The threats facing the United States in 2017 largely stem from the challenge and response cycle set in motion by the global rise of authoritarianism and violent fascism. Authoritarian leaders frequently promise to restore national pride and return people to their lost golden age: a mythical world in which life was thought to be better for the particular group. Scapegoating quickly follows, and violence is rarely far behind.


Unmanned Aircraft Systems for Emergency Management

by Darren E. Price -

Responding to disasters is a critical function for first responders and the emergency management community. Rotary and fixed-winged aircraft have traditionally performed disaster response missions, such as overhead damage assessments, reconnaissance, and missing person searches. However, with the advancement of unmanned aircraft systems, there is an opportunity to perform conventional aerial missions in a safer, expeditious, and cost-effective manner.


The Year of the Railway Station

by Steven Polunsky -

The year 2017 should be a great year for mobility and infrastructure in the United States. All signs are pointing to a robust economy, and policymakers are looking favorably on transportation projects – road, rail, air, public, private, and in between. In particular, the upcoming year will see a number of passenger rail projects moving forward.


Completing the Development of Ebola Vaccines

At a time when public attention is diverted from Ebola and the sense of urgency that propelled a rapid public health response in 2014 and 2015 has faded, the push to bring an Ebola vaccine to licensure and fully prepare the world for the next outbreak must not abate, according to the third report from the Ebola Vaccine Team B.

Sharing Battlefield Information at Multiple Classification Levels Via Mobile Handheld Devices

Troops in remote regions around the world often struggle to operate with limited networks for data sharing and communication when U.S. troops need to share classified or otherwise secure data with each other and coalition partners. To overcome this challenge, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) announced its Secure Handhelds on Assured Resilient networks at the tactical Edge (SHARE) program.

Scientists Use Fluorescent Gels for Innovative Brain Research

Scientists at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory are studying the physiological effects of blast pressure on the brain in order to discover technology solutions to protect soldiers. The team is partnering with the Japanese Ministry of Defense.

Blockchain Technology Explored for Homeland Security

Blockchain technology represents an innovative leap forward that has many uses and applications across multiple sectors of the economy. Department of Homeland Security, the Science and Technology Directorate is taking the lead with research and development projects in this area to determine viable uses for the technology, specifically under the Homeland Security Enterprise.

PulseNet Helps Washington Public Health Solve Largest Salmonella Outbreak in Recent History

In mid-2015, when reports of salmonella clusters emerged across multiple counties, public health workers knew they had a bigger problem. With the help of the nationwide laboratory network known as PulseNet, state and local public health investigators were able to connect the nearly two dozen salmonella clusters and trace the source.