Category: On the Homefront – the HSDL Blog

Ferguson After-Action Assessment

This past August marked the one-year anniversary of the fatal shooting of Michael Brown by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. Subsequent unrest unraveled in Ferguson in the months that followed Brown’s death, unrest that recently resurfaced in a third wave that occurred between August 9, 2015 and August 11,...

Hurricane Katrina: The Catalyst for Change

From Chaos Comes Clarity Ten years ago this week, Hurricane Katrina terrorized the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico from August 23-31, making landfall in Louisiana on August 29. More than 1,800 people lost their lives and many more were displaced temporarily or permanently. Hurricane Katrina was the costliest disaster in...

Police Use of Force: Improving Policies, Training, and Police “Culture”

In the past few years, the American law enforcement profession has been in the spotlight over controversial incidents involving the use of deadly force.  The incidents, and subsequent public reactions, received national and international coverage leading to calls for change in police tactics. In response, the Police Executive Research Forum...

H2Tools: Safety Precautions for Hydrogen Technologies

In light of ever-increasing demand for renewable energy sources, hydrogen – the most abundant element on the planet – offers a compelling alternative to fossil fuels. In addition to its many industrial applications, nine major auto makers are currently developing hydrogen fuel cell vehicles (FCVs). Each fuel cell lasts 5,000...

U.S. Forest Service Wildfire Report Raises Alarm

This week the U.S. Forest Service released a report detailing the effects of increasing wildfire expenditures, showing that for the first time in the history of the service it is spending more than half its annual budget fighting wildfires. The report cites increasing occurrence of wildfires redirecting resources away from...

Tensions and Temperatures are Rising: How the DOD is Anticipating Climate Change

Preparation for the potential implications of climate change can be seen across most sectors throughout the U.S. Stakeholders in government, energy, and transportation among others are analyzing how their operations will be affected by not only changing climate patterns, but also by corresponding legislation that could be passed to stifle...

Adapting Naval Strategies to Match 21st Century Developments

As the U.S. has concluded its large-scale military involvement in Afghanistan, Congress has deemed it appropriate to decrease the percentage of the American budget devoted to defense. This has caused the armed services to analyze which aspects of their operational functionality require what amount of funding. One of the results...

Trafficking in Persons Report Shows Concern

Following a four week delay, the State Department has released its 2015 Trafficking in Persons Report. This report is seen by many as a way to hold countries accountable for their policies and practices, or lack thereof, in combating human trafficking. The report ranks 188 countries around the world on...

HHS and What It Can Do for You

The Response and Recovery Resources Compendium from the Department of Health and Human Services is an “an easy to navigate, comprehensive web-based repository of HHS resources and capabilities available to Federal, State, local, territorial and tribal stakeholders before, during, and after public health and medical incidents.”  From Situational Awareness to Patient Movement and Recovery, this compendium...