Reports

Budgeting for Medical Countermeasures: An Ongoing Need for Preparedness

This white paper summarizes the progress to date in procuring medical countermeasures and prior congressional funding mechanisms for Project BioShield. It also discusses ways to optimize funding for medical countermeasures so the existing public-private partnership can continue to thrive – namely, by restoring the program’s original multiyear funding structure. 

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Summary of the 2018 National Defense Strategy of The United States of America

The new National Defense Strategy seeks to implement the pillars of the National Security Strategy: peace through strength, the affirmation of America’s international role, the U.S. alliance and partnership structure and the necessity to build military advantage to maintain key regional balances of power. 

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2017-2018 Public Health Emergency Medical Countermeasures Enterprise (PHEMCE) Strategy and Implementation Plan

The 2017-2018 PHEMCE Strategy and Implementation Plan reflects the Department of Health and Human Service’s continued commitment, in collaboration with its interagency PHEMCE partners, to provide the nation with a nimble, flexible capacity to rapidly produce and effectively use medical countermeasures in the face of any attack or novel threat.  

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FCC Fact Sheet: Wireless Emergency Alerts

The FCC announced a proposal to improve wireless emergency alerts. This proposal includes making geographical targeting more precise, so alerts can be used more effectively in local emergencies and disasters. Details of the FCC proposal are provided in the fact sheet.

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Communicating Risk in Public Health Emergencies

The recommendations in this World Health Organization (WHO) report provide overarching, evidence-based guidance on how risk communication should be practiced in an emergency. These guidelines were developed for policy- and decision-makers responsible for managing emergencies, particularly the public health aspects of emergencies, and practitioners responsible for risk communication before, during, and after health emergencies.

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Tips for Survivors of a Disaster or Other Traumatic Event: Coping With Retraumatization

Over the past several months, many communities have experienced multiple disasters ranging from hurricanes to mass shootings to wildfires. Survivors who have lived through multiple disasters may experience the effects of retraumatization. This tip sheet helps disaster survivors cope with their emotions and get through this challenge.

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Ready or Not? Protecting the Public’s Health from Diseases, Disasters and Bioterrorism

Ready or Not? examines the nation’s ability to respond to public health emergencies, tracks progress and vulnerabilities, and includes a review of state and federal public health preparedness policies. The report also provides a series of recommendations that address many of the major gaps in emergency health preparedness.

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Fire in the United States (2006-2015)

“Fire in the United States,” is a statistical overview of fires in the U.S., covering the period from 2006 to 2015, with a primary focus on 2015. This report provides the fire service and others with information that motivates corrective action, sets priorities, targets specific fire programs, serves as a model for state and local analyses of fire data, and provides a baseline for evaluating programs. 

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National Security Strategy of the United States of America – December 2017

This National Security Strategy lays out a strategic vision for protecting the American people and preserving their way of life, promoting their prosperity, preserving peace through strength, and advancing American influence in the world. 

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Homeland Security: DHS's Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Program Consolidation Efforts

In 2013, Congress directed the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to review its weapons of mass destruction programs, including the consolidation of chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and high-yield explosive mission functions. The Government Accountability Office reviewed DHS consolidation planning documents, interviewed relevant officials, and obtained selected updated information on DHS planning efforts.

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