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The Politics of Presidential Disaster Declarations

Article Out Loud Following a disaster, communities, tribes, and states typically experience years of rebuilding and recovery work. Understanding the presidential disaster declaration process and how to access supplemental disaster relief funds helps to speed the recovery efforts and potentially build back even better than before the incident.The Robert T.

Long-Term Community Recovery Planning Guidance

Preparedness planning is a large part of the foundation of emergency management. The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) National Preparedness Report summarizes the building, sustaining, and delivering of the 31 core capabilities outlined in the National Preparedness Goal across all five mission areas identified in Presidential Policy Directive 8 (PPD-8):

Critical Infrastructure Protection: History, Overview & Update

Critical infrastructure protection focuses on everyday activities related to all kinds of hazards to promote security and threat deterrence Community and infrastructure protection transportation and trans border security and protection of key leadership and events encompass the mission activities of the new National Protection Framework

Special Events: Plan, Assess, Train & Exercise

The Federal Emergency Management Agency FEMA provides valuable resources for those responsible for or involved in planning a special event These resources provide information on planning the event assessing the hazards and threats training personnel and volunteers and exercising based on lessons learned from past events

Preparing for Extreme Weather Events

The United States has received significant attention for its extreme weather events in 2014, with the worst drought in recorded history in California and significant moist snow, sleet, and ice in the eastern and southern states. The year 2013 had its share of extreme weather, as well, including:Winter Storm Nemo’s multiple

Checklists for All-Hazards Food Defense Planning

In the not too distant past most food consumed by Americans traveled directly from the farm to the kitchen table Today there are a dozen or so stops of varying duration on the way 8211 all of them vulnerable to mold theft sabotage spoiling and or infection from zoonotic diseases
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Emergency Management & Public Health: Partners in Preparedness

Despite the fact that emergency managers and their public health partners have much in common they often do not collaborate effectively in responding to mass casualty emergencies By identifying existing similarities and finding more common ground the future reparedness and response efforts of both groups will be even more successful

Food Safety: An Emergency Manager’s Perspective

Emergency management is an evolving discipline that requires a progressive emergency manager to fulfill new and expanding requirements for success Successful leaders in this field follow a systematic problem solving process and excel at coordinating multiple agencies and information sources rather than simply being experts in one subject The seven
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Protecting Schools – Tornadoes & Other Natural Disasters

As the southwest areas of the country face deadly tornadoes other areas are preparing their communities and schools for the 2013 Hurricane season which officially starts on the first day of June Unlike tornadoes hurricanes usually give advance warning 8211 sometimes several days 8211 before making landfall Schools though must

State & Local Medical Countermeasures: The 12-Hour Push

Emergency managers are working hard on a continuing basis to improve and support the national capability to assist in providing assets to affected areas during an extreme biological incident or emergency requiring medical countermeasures


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Article Out Loud – A Holistic Approach to Cybersecurity Risk

  Full article by Ernesto Ballesteros, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, February 28, 2024. In this featured article, a cybersecurity state coordinator for CISA explains how cybersecurity is a core business process that involves the entire organization or agency. The continuity of government and operations depends on a

Article Out Loud – Protecting Infrastructure – Cyber, Physical, and EMP Attacks

  Full article by David Winks, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, February 21, 2024. In this featured article, a cyber defense expert describes the complexities of protecting the power grid from cyber, physical, and electromagnetic pulse attacks. Like a giant spider web, the grid connects power companies and

Article Out Loud – Repeated Intelligence Failures – Not Connecting the Dots

  Full article by Robert Leverone and Darren E. Price, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, February 14, 2024. In this featured article, two homeland security experts discuss how combating potential threats and avoiding intelligence failures involves identifying the signals and warnings in available information and connecting the dots.

Article Out Loud – Needed: More Imagination for Countering Domestic Risks

Full article by Jeanne Benincasa Thorpe, an Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, February 7, 2023.From “Lord of the Flies” to the terrorist attacks of 9/11, significant consequences have been blamed on failures of imagination. In this featured article, a national security and resiliency expert encourages leaders to

Article Out Loud – Unleashing Community Resilience Through Collaborative Leadership

Full Article By Michael R. Valiente, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, January 31, 2024. Elected officials and emergency response personnel form the nucleus of community leadership, a driving force for collaborative relationships with local stakeholders. Find out how community leaders who adopt the tenets of transformational leaders can


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