Category: On the Homefront – the HSDL Blog

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GAO Investigates Disaster Recovery Barriers

In light of the recent tornadoes that have devastated several states, members of Congress asked the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to report on the impact of federal disaster recovery programs on various societal groups. To investigate, GAO conducted an extensive literature review, analyzed federal disaster recovery program documentation, and interviewed...

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The Conspiracy Consortium: COVID-19 and Right-Wing Extremism

The Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD), founded in 2006, investigates and responds to the rise of polarization and extremism around the world. This paper focuses on the development of conspiracy theories, misinformation, and the resulting violent consequences of these threats, with concentrated focus on the role that right-wing extremism plays...

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Improving Pandemic Response: Year-End Staff Report

The Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis was established by the U.S. House of Representatives on April 23, 2020. This committee investigates the effectiveness of the coronavirus 2019 pandemic response in the United States. This report outlines the subcommittee’s findings over the course of the year 2021. …the Select Subcommittee...

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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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In Focus: Disaster Economics

New In Focus now available on Disaster Economics. A collection of resources focused on the economic impacts of natural and other disasters. These impacts can be felt in a number of ways. “Capital assets and infrastructure such as housing, schools, factories and equipment, roads, dams and bridges are lost. Human capital...

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2021 GHS Index – All Countries Unprepared to Meet Future Global Health Threats

The 2021 Global Health Security (GHS) Index Report: Advancing Collective Action and Accountability Amid Global Crisis presents a sobering assessment of the state of global public health preparedness. Despite significant steps taken by countries to respond to the COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] pandemic, all countries remain dangerously unprepared to meet...

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FEMA Strategic Plan: 2022-2026

The field of emergency management has seen tremendous change in the last decade. Ten years ago, FEMA managed an average of 108 disaster emergencies a year, compared to 311 today- including the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. While FEMA’s mission of helping people has not changed, the agency finds it necessary to...

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Private Investments, Public Harm

In Private Investments, Public Harm: How the Opacity of the Massive U.S. Private Investment Industry Fuels Corruption and Threatens National Security, a joint report from the FACT Coalition, Global Financial Integrity, and Transparency International U.S. Office, authors warn that the lack of anti-money laundering (AML) requirements and oversight over private...