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The Beslan School Massacre: A Threat with No Easy Solutions

The 2004 Chechen massacre of almost 400 students parents and teachers at Beslan School Number 1 shocked the entire world The United States learned numerous lessons from that horrifying incident 8211 but has yet to translate them into its own preparedness plans

How the NDMS Can Be Made More Effective

The Spirit of Volunteerism is a noble virtue and has been embraced by millions of Americans Many of them volunteer once too often though creating a difficult dilemma for NDMS and other agencies that have a joint claim on their skills and services

The Bruce Ivins Case: Pros and Cons

Did the suicide of Dr Bruce Ivins write 8220 finished 8221 to the investigation of the 2001 anthrax attacks Perhaps But questions remain there are some circumstances yet to be explained 038 the case against him may not be as airtight as originally believed

The Myth of the Cordon Sanitaire

The operational as well as theoretical concept of the cordon sanitaire a French phrase literally translated as quarantine line is one of containment Originally cordon sanitaire referred to the segregation of persons suffering from communicable and untreatable diseases from their healthy fellow citizens through use of a physical demarcation of

Anatomy of a Near-Miss Radiation Disaster

The 2006 assassination of former KGB Colonel Alexander Litvenenko was eventually solved 8211 but there are many questions still unanswered as well as strong suspicions about the operating tactics of Russia 8217 s post USSR political leaders

Imperatives for the Training of Medical Staff

The U S private sector health care system is probably the best in the world But it is not prepared to deal with mass casualty incidents lacks the funding needed to expand beyond current capacity and suffers from certain shortages

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Article Out Loud – Elegant Community Preparation

  Full article by Aaron Titus, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, May 8, 2024. In this feature article, the executive director for Crisis Cleanup shares how elegant community preparation offers a process that simplifies disaster planning efforts for community members. Communities need to prepare together and focus on

Article Out Loud – Navigating the Seismic Dance: Preparedness in the Ring of Fire

  Full article by Alicia Johnson, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, May 8, 2024. In this feature article, an emergency manager with extensive experience in risk communications and public affairs informs readers about the multifaceted nature of earthquake risks and delineates the indispensable role organizations play in mitigating

Article Out Loud – National Security: A Range of Threats

  Full article by Anthony Mottola and Richard Schoeberl, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, May 1, 2024. In this feature article, two law enforcement and counterterrorism experts discuss the growing threats from organized foreign terrorist groups to homegrown terrorists inspired by them. Members of the intelligence community have

Article Out Loud – Sustaining Those Working in Disasters

  Full article by Jolie Wills, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, April 24, 2024. In this featured article, a cognitive scientist and psychosocial disaster recovery specialist emphasizes the importance of supporting those working in emergency response roles before, during, and after emergencies and disasters. Leaders and their teams

Article Out Loud – Mental Awareness to Enhance Preparedness

  Full article by Andrew (Andy) Altizer, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, April 17, 2024. In this featured article, an emergency manager with military experience points out that emergency managers, public health officials, and first responders often stress the importance of physical fitness, but sometimes neglect mental fitness.

Article Out Loud – Primary Care Investments to Increase Community Resilience

  Full article by Angie Im, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, April 17, 2024. In this featured article, a healthcare research and policy expert describes the importance of community health centers and their impact on community resilience. These medical lifelines for millions of Americans are facing financial and

Article Out Loud – The Missing Plague Vials

  Full article by Robert C. Hutchinson, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, April 17, 2024. In this featured article, an experienced federal agent shares a true story of missing bubonic plague vials, an airport bomb threat, and other suspicious activities that demonstrate continued national and homeland security vulnerabilities

Article Out Loud – The “R” Word

  Full article by George Schwartz, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, April 10, 2024. In this featured article, an associate professor at Immaculata University addresses the challenge of defining resilience and the need to go beyond hazard mitigation. With 2024 being the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s “Year of Resilience,”

Article Out Loud – Dungeons and Disasters: Gamification of Public Health Responses

  Full article by Michael Etzel and Michael Prasad, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, April 10, 2024. In this featured article, two emergency managers describe how advanced technologies are offering new ways to train personnel, exercise public health responses like COVID-19, and prepare response agencies for many other

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