Category: On the Homefront – the HSDL Blog

Disaster Recovery and the Private Sector: New Roles and New Challenges

“From 2000 to 2014, the number of U.S. disaster declarations has increased dramatically – 65 major declarations per year on average and a total of 1,907 declarations overall. And during the peak of such increases in 2011, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) issued the largest number to date (90...

How Urbanization is Affecting Natural Disaster Risk Assessment

The United Nations Population Fund predicts that by the year 2050 86% of the population in developed nations (64% in developing nations) will live in urban areas. This ongoing migration from rural areas to more densely inhabited cities catalyzes urban sprawl, which subsequently makes a greater portion of the population...

President Obama’s Interest in Big Data Analyses

The President has expressed interest in how analyses of big data (also known as big data analyses or BDA) can improve emergency preparedness and overall national security. As a result, the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee (NSTAC) drafted a Report to the President on Big Data Analytics. The report first...

Terrorist 2.0 – Terrorist Commandos

A new classification for a terrorist has entered our lexicon – “terrorist commandos.” When the word “terrorist” comes to mind, some may think of guerilla-style warfare containing fast-moving attacks. However, recent attacks: Mumbai (2008), Nairobi (2013), Paris (November 2015), and Brussels (March 2016) have displayed an organized and well-trained form...

Student depicted in trauma as a result of school violence.

New Report on School Crime and Safety

The Institute for Education Sciences, the National Center for Education Statistics, the US Department of Education, and the US Department of Justice have released their 18th annual Indicators of School Crime and Safety. This 2015 edition provides statistics of criminal acts of violence in schools and how they relate to...

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DARPA Wants to Prevent Your Car from Killing You

DARPA’s Cyber Grand Challenge (CGC) aims to turn zero-day exploits into zero-second exploits with computers that detect and fix security gaps before they can be widely exploited by troublemakers. It’s not just important for securing sensitive information, it could save lives. In May of 2015, a simple text message (effective....

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The Dead 10 Percent

Are you worried about dying in a car crash? Well, maybe you don’t have to worry so much. According to the report, Global Catastrophic Risks 2016, you are 5 times more likely to die in an extinction event, than in a car crash. A global catastrophic risk is a threat...

National Health Security Preparedness Index

One aspect of Homeland Security that is often overlooked is public health.  Since December 2013, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, combined with more than 30 other organizations, has produced an annual index of public health. The National Health Security Preparedness Index (NHSPI) is the result.  NHSPI aims to give...

The U.N. Security Council Needs Your Help!

In 2004, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), concerned over the threat of illicit trafficking of nuclear material and technology, passed Resolution 1540. The resolution, seeking to prevent non state actors from acquiring Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD), requires states to penalize parties attempting to proliferate WMD and install domestic...