Category: On the Homefront – the HSDL Blog

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...

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...

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Implementing Drone Programs for Law Enforcement

The Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services along with the Police Executive Research Forum have released a new report titled, Roadmap to Implementing an Effective Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Program. UAS technology, or drone technology, has been increasingly used by law enforcement entities over the last decade....