Category: On the Homefront – the HSDL Blog

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Final Report of the Disinformation Best Practices and Safeguards Subcommittee

Disinformation poses a serious threat to many critical missions of the United States. It has been used to undermine public confidence in election security, defraud disaster victims by malicious actors pretending to be FEMA, and disrupt the operations of various government agencies. In May 2022, the Secretary of Homeland Security...

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DoD Releases Civilian Harm Mitigation and Response Action Plan

The Department of Defense (DoD) has released its first ever Civilian Harm Mitigation and Response Action Plan (CHMR-AP), which outlines the DoD’s objectives to mitigate civilian harm resulting from military operations. To achieve this, the CHMR-AP seeks to prioritize “the protection and restoration of the civilian environment as a critical...

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A Dangerous Web: Mapping Racially and Ethnically Motived Violent Extremism

A recent RAND research brief, “A Dangerous Web: Mapping Racially and Ethnically Motived Violent Extremism,” seeks to define racially and ethnically motivated violent extremism (REMVE) and the White Identity Terrorist Movement (WITM) in compliance with the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act’s requirement to provide a comprehensive network analysis. According to...

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2022-2026 FEMA National Tribal Strategy

FEMA recently released its 2022-2026 FEMA National Tribal Strategy. This report outlines the efforts FEMA is taking to build and sustain relationships with federally recognized Tribal Nations. The Biden-Harris Administration has made it a priority to work more inclusively with Tribal Nations by enhancing emergency management services needed. FEMA highlights...

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In Focus: Long COVID

New In Focus now available on Long COVID. A collection of resources about Long COVID — long term effects of exposure to the coronavirus disease 2019. Unfortunately, exposure to COVID-19 can have long term negative health consequences. These materials include papers, discussions, and action plans on the Long COVID conditions. Staying...

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In Focus: School Shootings

New In Focus now available on School Shootings. A collection of resources that discuss various school shooting incidents. Some materials include threat assessments — resources used to identify possible warning signs as well as common misinformation regarding school shootings. Also included in this In Focus is the CHDS School Shooting Safety...

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In Focus: Threats to Election Workers

New In Focus now available on Threats to Election Workers. A collection of resources that focuses on election workers and their safety. Many election workers face threats and harassment as the political climate shifts during upcoming elections. These materials bring these threats into the light in hopes that preventive measure can...

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MCCA Releases Its Midyear Violent Crime Report

The Major Cities Chiefs Association (MCCA) has released its Midyear Violent Crime Report. The report contains data from various agencies throughout the U.S. and Canada comparing topics such as homicide, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault incidents. Most notably, from 2021-2022, incidents of robbery in major U.S. cities increased from 53,212...

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In Case You Missed It: MMWR

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 and...

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House Committee on Oversight and Reform: Recommendations for Restoring Election Integrity

Over the past couple years, disinformation campaigns have increasingly been imposing dangers to American democracy and election integrity. According to the recent report “Exhausting and Dangerous”: The Dire Problem of Election Misinformation and Disinformation by the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, 64% of Americans believe democracy is at risk...