Category: On the Homefront – the HSDL Blog

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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...

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Assessing Risk for a Reopening Business Amidst COVID-19

As restrictions are gradually being lifted during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has released the Operational Toolkit for Businesses Considering Reopening or Expanding Operations in COVID-19. Businesses looking to resume operations can use this toolkit to assess and mitigate their risk of transmitting COVID-19....

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Deep Fake Dangers: More than Misinformation

In the April 2020 Australian Strategic Policy Institute policy brief, Weaponised Deep Fakes: National Security and Democracy, analysts Hannah Smith and Katherine Mansted demonstrate just how far deep fake technology has come, and how realistic and easily-created misinformation is, by opening with a foreword written by a deep learning algorithm. The...

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FBI Releases 2019 Statistics on Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted

The FBI has released Law Enforcement Officers Killed & Assaulted 2019, which provides statistics and data on the following: “Officers Feloniously Killed”; “Officers Accidentally Killed”; and “Federal Officers Killed and Assaulted.” Data on “Officers Assaulted” is expected to be added in the Fall of 2020. According to the reported data,...