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Inside the “Boot Camp” for Emergency Managers

The first cohort of the Texas Emergency Management Academy has graduated Learn about the components of this unique and comprehensive 8 month program from the perspective of one of the graduating cadets

Swatting: Combatting a Lethal and Expensive Prank

May 3 2023 saw a rash of hoax calls claiming to report active shooters in schools across Tennessee While the calls initially affected the Middle Tennessee area the issue quickly moved to additional areas within the state affecting at least 16 schools on the same day Local state and federal

Hazmat on the Rail

Since February 3 2023 following the train derailment in East Palestine Ohio the public has closely followed reports and commentary by media outlets and elected officials This incident has become more controversial and publicized than others in recent years and has caused a public outcry for change

Applications for a Newly Developed Risk and Resilience Tool

A new publicly available tool provides a window into how future climate realities could affect U S cities and towns Learn how planners and decision makers can get map based analyses driven by peer reviewed climate data using this free portal

Benefits of Industrial Liaisons – A Harris County Example

Planners in the Harris County Texas area are successful specifically because of the relationships they have built over many years For example the county s Industrial Liaisons Program provides many positive takeaways and best practices practitioners can implement throughout the U S and abroad

Beachie Creek Fire – A Practitioner’s Firsthand Account

When disaster strikes sometimes those trained to respond find themselves and their families fleeing from the fire Once their families are safe they jump back in to assist wherever needed This scenario happened to one emergency manager when the Beachie Creek wildfire engulfed surrounding Oregon communities with little warning

Publisher’s Note: Auld Lang Syne (A Chance to Recollect and Restore)

As we come to the end of a challenging year and a tumultuous period please know that your efforts are appreciated and the sacrifices of you and your families have a significant and positive impact on all of our communities On behalf of the Domestic Preparedness Journal its staff and

How Technology Systems Impact Critical Infrastructure

Operational technology systems that run many critical infrastructure functions are becoming more dependent on information technology As these worlds converge emergency preparedness professionals must address the related security challenges This article shares some lessons learned and uses a foundational knowledge of the topic to inspire possible solutions

The Importance of Strong Leadership for a Unique Discipline

A transformational leadership style can help bridge relationship and communication gaps between leaders and other community stakeholders Learn how one young deputy fire chief learned from his past leadership missteps and honed his meta leadership skills which were essential in reconnecting communities when he became a state emergency manager

Applying Environmental Design to Prevent Active Shooters

Active shooter trainings can help prevent some injuries and deaths However additional measures should also be taken to prevent the attack from occurring This article describes how to apply environmental design to thwart attackers

Implementing “Stop the Bleed” for Future K-12 Educators

How have recent school shootings impacted future K 12 educators and what new skills will help better prepare them for potential threats One study at the University of North Alabama combined training and research to answer this question

“Moneyball” for the Wildland Fire System

The wildfire management community has made great strides incorporating new decision support tools into how it plans for and responds to wildfire incidents. Despite improvements in risk assessment and management at the incident scale, increasing fire activity and critical resource shortages reveal a system under strain in need of strategies

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