Biological weapons are the most significant threat the United States now faces. Identifying the signs and symptoms early is the best method of defending against such weapons, but U.S. military personnel are not yet properly equipped and trained to identify and prevent the spread of such threats.
Deadly incidents such as the Boston Marathon bombings have raised many concerns among special event planners, emergency managers, and first responders. When an incident occurs at the site of a planned event, which usually has many moving parts, the challenges can become overwhelming. This report goes beyond special event planning to address the unfortunate times when the orderly sequence planned simply "goes wrong."
Resilience for those with functional needs requires two things: (a) that these citizens personally understand what to expect during an emergency response; and (b) that emergency responders understand the physical and psychological impact not only on those with long-time functional needs but also on those suffering from what are described as "newly acquired" disabilities.
September is designated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency as National Preparedness Month - a time when U.S. agencies and organizations, at all levels, recognize the need for and take steps to improve their own preparedness efforts.
Recent leaks about government surveillance programs that track U.S. and U.K. phone calls and internet communications have raised major concerns over the privacy of personal communications. There may be even greater difficulties, though, if current ties between the federal government and the U.S. "hacker" community are weakened or, perhaps, severed entirely.
The biothreat topic is important not only for the actual risk of attack, but also the perceived risk. To be sufficiently prepared, a balance must be reached - for security, technology, and situational awareness. This report addresses various key components of biodefense - the threats, the costs, and the priorities.
On 22 April 2013, DomesticPreparedness.com hosted an Executive Briefing at The National Press Club in Washington, D.C. Keynote speaker Major General Stephen Reeves, USA (Ret.), started the discussion, and was followed by subject matter experts - each of whom focused on various key components of biodefense - the threats, the costs, and the priorities. These high-level presentations address the scientific, medical, and government policies required to fully comprehend today's biothreat challenges.
The International Maritime Bureau has reported that, as of 15 April 2013, there have been 76 attacks and four hijackings on the world's oceans and other waterways since the start of the year. Three maritime experts share their collective knowledge of piracy attacks in today's world and offer some helpful recommendations for assessing and mitigating such threats.
Any mass shooting undoubtedly has a significant impact in and around the jurisdiction where the tragedy occurs. When such events involve children, however, there often tends to be a much broader response from members of the population at large who have no direct connection to the jurisdiction or to the victims involved. Federal agencies are taking steps to make schools safer, but the ultimate responsibility falls on each school having in place a comprehensive emergency management plan.
When 10,000 or more people gather for a planned special event, there are many things to consider: risks, credentialing, volunteers, standards, training, transportation, and communication. This report addresses each of these topics from the perspectives of practitioners who share their experience with large-scale events.