Category: On the Homefront – the HSDL Blog

COVID-19 Web of... stuff. Health, medicine, mask etc.

FEMA Releases COVID-19 Initial Assessment Report

As the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic continues to grip the nation, FEMA has released Pandemic Response to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Initial Assessment Report. This assessment focuses solely on FEMA’s response to COVID-19, describing the agency’s roles and responsibilities over the period of January through September 2020. The report provides...

Center for Disease Control's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report

In Case You Missed It: MMWR and COVID

The Homeland Security Digital Library (HSDL) maintains a collection of the Centers for Disease Control‘s (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), which collects and analyzes data from the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on epidemiology and public health. Each issue of the MMWR is packed with raw and analyzed public health data...

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National Maritime Cybersecurity Plan Released

Recently released by the White House, the National Maritime Cybersecurity Plan to the National Strategy for Maritime Security (Maritime Cybersecurity Plan) provides a roadmap for safeguarding the American economy by strengthening cybersecurity in the Maritime Transportation System. As an extension of the National Strategy for Maritime Security (NSMS), the Maritime...

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In Focus: Online Extremism

New In Focus now available on Online Extremism. A collection of reports focused on how people can become radicalized to certain beliefs or actions by way of online media such as social networks. According to the International Association of Chiefs of Police (ICAP), Online radicalization to violence is the process by...

National Strategy for Planetary Protection

The White House National Space Council has released the National Strategy for Planetary Protection, an effort to protect Earth and other planets from the potentially harmful biological contamination effects of space exploration.    According to the document “two underlying principles should guide United States planetary protection policy”:    The United States should continue to...

President Trump Releases the 2020 Federal Mission Resilience Strategy

The White House has released the Federal Mission Resilience Strategy along with Executive Order 13961: Governance and Integration of Federal Mission Resilience.  The President of the United States recognizes the threat of “unforeseen events including natural disasters, pandemics, cyber threats, and kinetic or electromagnetic pulse attacks” and states that the...

In Focus: Vaccine Hesitancy

New In Focus now available on Vaccine Hesitancy. A collection of reports focused on how misinformation, skepticism, and fear all play a role in dissuading people from receiving vaccination from COVID-19 and other diseases.  According to a report by the Aspen Institute, “[A] combination of factors—including misinformation spread on social media;...

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2020 National Preparedness Report

FEMA and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have released the 2020 National Preparedness Report, based on data through December 31, 2019.  The National Preparedness Report (NPR) “summarizes the progress made, and challenges that remain, in building and sustaining the capabilities needed to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to,...

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CHDS’ December 2020 Commencement: Remarks by Chad F. Wolf

On December 17, 2020, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security released the Center for Homeland Defense and Security (CHDS) Commencement remarks of Acting Secretary, Chad F. Wolf.  He congratulates the graduates for their “dedication and hard work,” noting that “2020 has been a challenging year, but it’s important that we...

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Taking Back Control: Rockefeller Foundation’s COVID-19 Response Plan

The Rockefeller Foundation has released Taking Back Control: a Resetting to America’s Response to Covid-19, an urgent plea for the United States to do more “to slow the catastrophic spread of Covid-19.”  Although vaccinations are now being released, the report argues that “The country cannot afford another six months of...