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Fusion Centers & the Public Health Advantage

Law enforcement as well as public health agencies could benefit from sharing interdisciplinary information through the state fusion centers Four public health situations would particularly benefit from such partnerships bioterrorism attacks communicable disease outbreaks suspicious activity reports and the use of illicit drugs

Ready & Able – But Not Always Willing

Public health agencies play a central role in responding to many different types of manmade and natural emergency situations including but not limited to outbreaks of pandemic influenza biological attacks radiological incidents events and extreme weather emergencies Unfortunately the increased number of multi casualty incidents in recent years e g

Radiological Emergencies – Public Health Responsibilities/Challenges

  Over the past decade, U.S. public health agencies (local, state, and federal) have seen an increase of responsibility in preparing for, responding to, recovering from, and mitigating emergencies. In addition to planning for responses to naturally occurring disease outbreaks, these agencies are often key partners in responding to weather

Seeing National Preparedness Through the Public Health Lens

Lee caused less damage and fewer fatalities but vigorously reinforced the lethal lessons learned from Irene less than two months ago 8211 namely that a There is absolutely no substitute for advance planning b Planning must be as totally comprehensive in every way as is humanly possible and c That

Reauthorizing the Nation’s Preparedness

In 2005 Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Gulf Coast of the United States One of the most important lessons learned from that disaster was that the federal government must work with local authorities to support communities in preparing for responding to and recovering from the adverse health effects of major public

Understanding Public Health Emergency Declarations

Although avian influenza outbreaks occur periodically in poultry flocks only recently has avian influenza been considered a significant threat to human health and the global economy The 1997 emergence of H5N1 first brought attention to avian influenza 8217 s ability to cause disease in humans However human infection with influenza

Biodefense – Protecting Public Health

As the threat of a biological attack against the United States increases the nation 8217 s public health sector faces many hurdles including funding cuts and difficulties in integrating the plans and policies of various levels of government 8211 and with the private sector Since the 9 11 attacks greater

The National ‘Public Health’ Preparedness Report

The 2012 NPR assessment of the nation 8217 s 8220 Public Health and Medical Services 8221 capabilities was encouraging but there were concerns Where do these capabilities and concerns stand today

A New Standard of Care for Crisis Incidents

Most medium sized or larger U S hospitals can handle multi casualty incidents efficiently and effectively under normal circumstances However during major incidents such as earthquakes hurricanes or terrorist attacks those same hospitals often require additional resources Through interagency cooperation new standards of care have been published to help better

An Exercise in Utility: The Role of Public Health

The federal funding streams that improved U S preparedness capabilities at all levels of government so significantly in the first decade after the 9 11 attacks have already declined and additional reductions are just over the horizon But a lack of funds can be overcome at least in part by

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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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