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

ebola virus

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:

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13 Years Post 9/11: Top 5 Current Homeland Security Strategic Priorities

circuit cyber

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):

  1. Securing Against the Evolving Terrorism Threat
  2. Safeguard and Securing Cyberspace
  3. A Homeland Security Strategy for Countering Biological Threats and Hazards:
  4. A Risk Segmentation Approach to Securing and Managing Flows of People and Goods
  5. Strengthening the Execution of Our Missions Through Public-Private Partnerships

September was National Preparedness Month. Did you finish your emergency plan?

hurricane preparedness

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?

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 .


Citation FAQs

Need help citing HSDL resources? Visit our newest FAQ page for citation information for documents in the HSDL collection as well as several online guides that specifically address citing government documents.


And Finally

The Homeland Security Digital Library is just one of the educational resources and programs offered by the Center for Homeland Defense and Security (CHDS) www.chds.us. Learn more about these CHDS programs:

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