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Avoiding the Complacency Trap After This Hurricane Season

Despite punishing hurricanes in Puerto Rico and Florida the 2022 season has been relatively quiet for much of the Gulf coast and Atlantic seaboard This article describes the resources that help communities mitigate risk now before the next hurricane season

Workplace Strategies to Reduce Burnout and Build Resilience

A multi year pandemic has resulted in organizations looking to reframe traditional workforce management practices to retain seasoned staff and prevent burnout To address these issues state local tribal and territorial emergency management offices can consider implementing workplace engagement strategies to address the mental and physical health concerns resulting from

Power Outages, Communication Failures & Healthcare

  All disasters have a health aspect, and all disasters, exercises, responses, and recoveries are deeply dependent on technology and communications. Two large-scale disasters affecting much of the United States – Hurricanes Katrina (2005) and Sandy (2012) – provide vast amounts of documentation on the significant technological challenges that arose.

Nuclear Threats Against the Homeland: Impact and Preparation

How the war in Ukraine will end is unclear However research shows that there is the potential for devastating effects on a global scale As such it is important for emergency planners to reassess their all hazards plans to ensure their communities identify the threats and ensure their planning processes

Rationale for Structuring Pandemic Response on a War Footing

Given 20 years of pandemic planning is it not surprising when people ask Why were we not ready This question should be explored whether the time has come to put the country on a warlike footing for pandemic response with a coherent institutionalized and tested pandemic policy

A Communicator’s Overview of a Large-Scale Exercise

A June 2022 exercise challenged amateur radio operators with establishing a Communications Unit with no power or pre positioned equipment The exercise was successful but the key takeaways are already helping to improve collaboration and communications throughout the region

Monkeypox: A Public Health Update

  Declared a public health emergency of international concern by the World Health Organization (WHO), monkeypox has been on the news since early May 2022 due to the high number of cases and its worldwide distribution. The current outbreak varies from the historical situation, in which the virus remained endemic

Earthquakes & Pandemic – Keeping People Fed Amid Crises

Even though food is necessary for survival it is not common to see agricultural workers at a disaster training exercise However one organization demonstrates why training these volunteers with emergency preparedness and response skills is essential for future large scale disasters

Looking Back to Look Ahead to Protect the Food Supply

History reveals patterns that preparedness professionals can use to better protect communities from agroterrorism and supply chain threats One historical study has been updated to reflect cases of intentional food contamination events around the world Learn more about this research and how to protect the food supply

Taking Flight – Creating a Robust Aviation Response, Part 2

Volunteer general aviation pilots have assisted their communities during emergencies and disasters for many years This is the second of a two part article on their disaster preparedness efforts in the Pacific Northwest In this part they participate in two separate yet coordinated functional earthquake and tsunami disaster exercises

Chemical Sector Perspectives

The Chemical Sector is one of 16 sectors identified as critical infrastructure under the Cybersecurity 038 Infrastructure Security Agency Domestic Preparedness invited one subject matter expert to answer important questions about this sector and how the sector and its interdependencies can affect any community

Lessons From Leading Virtual Operations

Over the past two and a half years most emergency preparedness professionals experienced some level of virtual work even at emergency operations centers EOC And it appears that some aspects of working virtually is here to stay including during a response This article describes some lessons learned from one emergency

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