Category: On the Homefront – the HSDL Blog

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Active Shooter Incidents – 2019

The US Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) have released the fifth annual report in a series of documented active shooter incidents. This report, Active Shooter Incidents in the United States in 2019, outlines the 28 active shooter incidents that occurred in the United States in...

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Challenges and Opportunities of Reopening Efforts

In addressing the COVID-19 pandemic, the Brookings Institution published a new report, Reopening America and the World, providing an assessment of current efforts in restarting the economy and social institutions. As COVID-19 continues to shutter local businesses and communities, Brookings aims to contribute to the reopening debate by engaging in...

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American Extremism: White Supremacists

The Counter Extremism Project‘s (CEP) report on White Supremacy Groups in the United States is an expansive list of the different types of racial elitist groups operating in the U.S. since the inception of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) in 1865. The report identifies 199 known white supremacist groups, separated...

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FEMA Issues Guidance for 2020 Hurricane Season

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) released COVID-19 Operational Guidance for the 2020 Hurricane Season. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact all levels of government, this document aims to provide actionable guidance to state, local, tribal, and territorial (SLTT) authorities to prepare for the hurricane season. Specifically, the guidance...

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CIDRAP: “Smart Testing” Needed to Combat COVID-19

The Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) at the University of Minnesota has released their third Viewpoint Report, Smart Testing for COVID-19 Virus and Antibodies, covering the framework for testing target populations for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). CIDRAP acknowledges the complexities and opportunities for error in the rushed development...

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Response to COVID-19: CDC Activities and Initiatives

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a report summarizing relevant initiatives, activities, and tools in support of the Whole-of-Government response to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). CDC continues to prioritize monitoring the spread and intensity of the pandemic, followed by conducting research to understand the severity and spectrum...

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Considerations for Reopening U.S. Schools and Daycare Programs

The Center for Health Security at John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has released Filling in the Blanks: National Research Needs to Guide Decisions About Reopening Schools in the United States. This report details current research efforts, as well as gabs in data, that may prove crucial in making constructive decisions about...

Interim Guidance on Developing a COVID-19 Case Investigation & Contact Tracing Plan Released

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to grip the nation, the Department of Heath and Human Services has released Health Departments: Interim Guidance on Developing a COVID-19 Case Investigation & Contact Tracing Plan (the Plan). Its intended purpose is to assist state and local governments in developing case investigation and contact...

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TSA Releases Roadmap for Tackling Insider Threats

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has released the Insider Threat Roadmap 2020 (Roadmap), which outlines TSA’s approach to to counter insider threats in the Transportation Systems Sector (TSS). An insider threat is defined as: an individual with authorized access to sensitive areas and/or information, will wittingly or unwittingly misuse or...

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COVID-19 Response by Prevalence

The Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University has released Pandemic Resilience: Getting it Done as part of the centers  COVID-19 Response Initiative. This report serves as a supplement to the Roadmap to Pandemic Resilience white paper and focuses on guiding state and local governments in implementing TTSI (testing, tracing, and...