Category: On the Homefront – the HSDL Blog

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Lessons Learned in Disaster and Emergency Response

When a major disaster or emergency strikes, having an up-to-date emergency management plan in place is vital to helping emergency responders act quickly and effectively. In support of this goal, and its overarching strategic plan, this week the United States Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) released the Fourth Edition of...

In Focus: Impeachment

New In Focus now available on Impeachment. A short collection of reports from the Congressional Research Service and other organizations providing overviews and history of the impeachment process in the US government. Please Note: An HSDL account may be required to view some resources.  

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FEMA: “Prepare for Zombie Apocalypse”

FEMA‘s disaster preparedness site,, has released an urgent PSA about an impending threat at the end of October. Experts and terrorism professionals confirm that the group (which has possible Greek and Haitian origins) plans to take advantage of a loophole in the space-time continuum, which will allow previously-deceased citizens...

The Rim Fire in the Stanislaus National Forest near in California began on Aug. 17, 2013 and is under investigation. The fire has consumed approximately 149, 780 acres and is 15% contained. U.S. Forest Service photo.

California Fire Resources

California Governor Gavin Newsom declared a statewide emergency due to the effects of unprecedented high-wind events which have resulted in fires and evacuations across the state. (News release)   Key National Resources  National Library of Medicine (NLM) Fires and Wildfires Information Guide    Content syndication—embed the content of this page on your own website, to...

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Overcoming Extremism in the Private and Public Sectors

The Anti-Defamation League has released the final report from the Communities Overcoming Extremism (COE) Public and Private Sector Summits. The After Charlottesville Project Final Report is a compilation of outcomes from the two conferences dealing with domestic terrorism and far-right extremism following the Charlottesville attack in 2017. Part 1, COE’s Public Sector Summit,...

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Assessing Global Health Security: Are We Ready for the Next Pandemic?

Infectious disease outbreaks spread without regard for national borders. The capacity of one country to prevent, prepare for, and respond to a public health emergency has direct implications — and potential consequences — for neighboring countries and the global community at large. That’s why leaders from the Nuclear Threat Initiative,...

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Information Disorder: The Growing Threat of Weaponized Narratives

In this 2019 Threatcasting Lab report, titled Information Disorder Machines: Weaponizing Narrative and the Future of the United States of America, author Brian David Johnson discusses insights and findings from a recent Threatcasting Lab workshop exploring future threats posed by information disorder machines (IDMs) and the implications for U.S. homeland...

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Powering In-Home Health Care in an Emergency

In a June 2019 report by the Resilient Power Project, a project of the Clean Energy Group and the Meridian Institute, authors Marriele Mango and Annie Shapiro discuss the “public health priority” of keeping medically-vulnerable, energy-reliant households powered during natural disasters and emergencies. Home Health Care in the Dark addresses...

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CISA Releases Updated National Emergency Communications Plan

The 2019 edition of the National Emergency Communications Plan (NCEP) has been released by the Department of Homeland Security‘s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). This is the first release of the NCEP since 2014. In the beginning pages of the report, CISA Director, Christopher Krebs, comments on how drastically...