Fall 2014 Newsletter
In this issue: communicable diseases and pandemics, homeland security priorities, national preparedness month
Protecting Our Nation’s Health: Communicable Diseases and Pandemics
Diseases do not recognize national boundaries. Ebola, Avian Flu, Dengue Fever, Polio, and MERS are examples of recent outbreaks causing worldwide health concerns. Ebola has resulted in travel restrictions, flight cancellations, quarantines, and health screenings, and the World Health Organization declared the Ebola outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. Americans infected with Ebola have been flown to the United States for treatment, prompting the implementation of special evacuation and hospital procedures, and the first case of Ebola has been diagnosed on U.S. soil. Potentially deadly communicable diseases require additional vigilance and knowledge not only on the part of our nation’s medical and public health community, but also on homeland security professionals working in border security, customs, immigration, and transportation security. Find more information in the HSDL on these and other public health topics including:
- Immigration Policies and Issues on Health-Related Grounds for Exclusion
- National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases: Strategic Plan 2012-2017
- Ebola Response Roadmap
- Executive Order 13674: Revised List of Quarantinable Communicable Diseases
- Investing in a Safer United States: What is Global Health Security and Why Does it Matter?
- U.S. Quarantine Stations
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13 Years Post 9/11: Top 5 Current Homeland Security Strategic Priorities
DHS released the Second Quadrennial Homeland Security Review (QHSR) in June. In addition to naming Nuclear Terrorism Using an Improvised Nuclear Device, Immigration and National Preparedness and the Whole Community Approach as areas of ongoing DHS priority and emphasis, the document identifies DHS’ 5 top national strategic priorities and updates the missions and goals originally identified in the 2010 QHSR. DHS states it will adopt shifts in strategy and renewed emphasis on the following strategic priorities (included are links to several relevant HSDL resources for your reference):
- Securing Against the Evolving Terrorism Threat
- Radical Islamic Terrorism: An Evolving and Enduring Threat
- Today’s Rising Terrorist Threat and the Danger to the United States: Reflections on the Tenth Anniversary of ‘The 9/11 Commission Report’
- Identifying Enemies Among Us: Evolving Terrorist Threats and the Continuing Challenges of Domestic Intelligence Collection and Information Sharing
- Safeguard and Securing Cyberspace
- US Cybercrime: Rising Risks, Reduced Readiness: Key Findings from the 2014 US State of Cybercrime Survey
- Assessing Persistent and Emerging Cyber Threats to the U.S. Homeland, Hearing Before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security, Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence, and Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, Second Session, May 21, 2014
- Cybersecurity: Authoritative Reports and Resources, by Topic
- A Homeland Security Strategy for Countering Biological Threats and Hazards:
- A Risk Segmentation Approach to Securing and Managing Flows of People and Goods
- “What Does a Secure Maritime Border Look Like?”
- Risk-Based Approaches to Airline Passenger Screening [March 31, 2014]
- “Enhancing Our Rail Safety: Current Challenges for Passenger and Freight Rail Before the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation’s Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety, and Security
- Strengthening the Execution of Our Missions Through Public-Private Partnerships
- Humanitarian Crises, Emergency Preparedness and Response: The Role of Business and the Private Sector: Final Report
- National Preparedness Report
- Public-Private Partnerships for Critical Infrastructure Protection
- Private Sector Fact Sheet: Situational Awareness Viewer for Emergency Response and Recovery
September was National Preparedness Month. Did you finish your emergency plan?
Emergency preparedness events and awareness were front and center in September, but having a plan in place is of vital importance all year. Have you made emergency plans for yourself and for those who rely on you for their care and safety?
- Children comprise approximately 25 percent of the Nation’s population. On any given weekday, an estimated 67 million children are separated from their families. Post-Disaster Reunification of Children: A Nationwide Approach
- Care of Mentally or Physically Challenged Persons and the Elderly
- What can you do to bring animal preparedness to your home, organization, and community? Preparedness Considerations for the Pets, Livestock, and Animals in Our Homes and in Our Lives.
- 2014 U.S. Preparedness Map: State Report Card evaluates each state’s preparedness to protect children during disasters
- Building a family survival kit to last for 7 days is an important part of preparedness. Here’s a calendar for week by week inspiration.
- National Strategy for Youth Preparedness Education
Homeland Security Commemorations and Anniversaries
As fall moves into winter, there are several commemorations and anniversaries of significant homeland security events. Featured below are select events that have affected the U.S., accompanied by pertinent HSDL documents. For the full list, visit the Upcoming Homeland Security Events calendar .
- 10/01 October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month
- 10/02 Beltway Sniper attacks (2002)
- 10/07 Operation Enduring Freedom began (2001)
- 10/13 IDDR: International Day for Disaster Reduction
- 10/22 Hurricane Sandy formed (dissipated 10/31) (2012)
- 11/05 Fort Hood shooting (2009)
- 11/25 Public Law 107-296: Homeland Security Act of 2002 is signed into law
- 12/07 Pearl Harbor Day of Remembrance
- 12/14 Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting in Newtown, CT (2012)
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