Formalizing the Role of Intelligence & Investigation

Emergency managers need actionable intelligence before during and after disasters More than just situational awareness the collection analysis and sharing of intelligence can provide an incident s response and recovery command and general staff with much needed decision making information

Technical Assistance for Healthcare System Preparedness

The mission of the U S Department of Health and Human Services HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response ASPR is to save lives and protect Americans from 21st century health security threats by leading the nation s medical and public health preparedness for response to and

Ghosts of Viruses Past

A decade before COVID 19 emerged as a pandemic emergency preparedness response and resilience professionals were focused on infectious diseases The H1N1 swine flu H5N1 avian flu and SARS Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome outbreaks were real and lessons needed to be learned in preparation for something bigger So in April

Think Recovery, Not Just Re-Entry, for Post-Pandemic Future

Ten years ago a team of representatives from King and Pierce counties cities of Seattle and Bellevue Joint Base Lewis McChord and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory set forth on developing the Regional Recovery Framework for a Biological Attack in the Seattle Urban Area A collaboration of the Seattle Urban Area

COVID-19 Testing – What It Is & Why It is Important

In the age of COVID 19 community leaders and the public they serve are bombarded with news related to testing However many do not understand the value the results can provide to whom they should be given and the actions that are allowed and should be taken These questions need

The New Age of Police Reform – Part 1

As if the first two decades of the 21st century were not dynamic enough the first year of the third decade has impacted every person on multiple levels While the viral pandemic continues to affect every profession health care professionals around the world are dramatically reassessing their service delivery models

All Models Are Wrong (But Modeling Is as Necessary as Ever)

British statistician George Box famously stated that all models are wrong but some are useful The nation s experience with COVID 19 has highlighted this fact as policy makers have struggled to calibrate their actions based on imperfect data and modeling Yet modeling is useful and will continue to be

The Epitome of Failure – Part 2

The aeolian winds took control of the surrounding environment A death defying vortex formed and along with it a perturbation as inconceivable as the Camp Fire was overwhelming This article continues to chronicle the story of a mega disaster Part 1 described how the Pacific Gas 038 Electric Company PG

Avoiding the Three As: Apathy, Atrophy & Attrition

Emergency management is everything to everybody but it often lacks the glue that is so desperately needed to manage catastrophic events This is likely the result of two common pitfalls that the profession has long suffered from pitfalls that can begin as soon as one walks out of the meeting

Triggered Collapse, Part 6: A Nationwide Call to Action

Similar to pandemic preparedness the U S government is not doing enough to prepare for failure of municipal water systems when the electric grid goes down Government programs do not address loss of law and order or cessation of food production and delivery services Elected and appointed officials often downplay

Triggered Collapse, Part 5: Gaps in National Disaster Planning Scenarios

In contrast to experts estimates of millions of deaths the U S Department of Homeland Security DHS pandemic influenza planning scenario refers to just 87 000 casualties not much more than a bad seasonal flu This version of the scenario seen in public forums has planning assumptions on virus lethality

Triggered Collapse, Part 4: Cascading Consequences Beyond the Event

The Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security is a credible source for dealing with pandemics and disaster response In 2018 the Center created a realistic simulation of a moderately contagious and moderately lethal virus similar to the lethality of the 2002 SARS outbreak which killed about 10 percent of those


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