Category: On the Homefront – the HSDL Blog

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Mitigation Framework Leadership Group Pushes Forward on Investing in Resilience

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has released the “National Mitigation Investment Strategy: Mitigation Framework Leadership Group” report, which focuses on the role of the Mitigation Framework Leadership Group (MitFLG) in achieving the mitigation core capabilities of the National Mitigation Framework. The MitFLG is responsible for coordinating the implementation of...

Mass Violence in America

As commissioned by the National Council for Behavioral Health (National Council), the Medical Director Institute (MDI) convened a panel of experts in the field of mental health care and violence for a two-day meeting to analyze violence and its contributing factors. In particular, the panel focused on mental illness as a...

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State of the Climate in 2018

The American Meteorological Society (AMS) released a new State of the Climate report confirming that 2018 climate indicators “reached new highs for their observational histories.” According to the report, 2018 was the fourth warmest year in records dating to the mid-1800s. Led by NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information, this report provides...

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Could AI’s Predictive Capability Be the Key to Counterterrorism?

In a new report from the Royal Institute of International Affairs, Kathleen McKendrick discusses the theoretical contributions of artificial intelligence (AI) in the realm of counterterrorism operations. In “Artificial Intelligence Prediction and Counterterrorism“, the author examines how artificial intelligence is already used, how it could potentially be used, and the...

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Tracking Gun Violence in America (2019)

The Gun Violence Archive, an online database started in 2013, compiles information on gun violence and provides up-to-date statistics on all gun-related incidents in the United States (omitting suicide). A real-time, quick-access chart on the homepage includes links to total number of incidents (33,510 as of August 7, 2019), number...

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Just Released: Report to the Nation on Hate and Extremism

The Center for the Study of Hate & Extremism at California State University San Bernardino has released the “Report to the Nation: 2019 Factbook on Hate & Extremism in the U.S. & Internationally.” In the more than 100 pages of the report, the Center ‘s empirical findings put a spotlight...

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FEMA Releases Protective Actions Guidance

The Federal Emergency Management Agency released the latest guidance on protective actions during natural disasters. According to the report, “evacuation and shelter-in-place have become more important to emergency management operations in previous years.” To address these developments, the document provides a tailored overview of evacuation and shelter-in-place operations by drawing...

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Developing Capabilities-Based Emergency Management

The 2019 National Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment is part of the Nation’s transition to capabilities-based emergency management in which the five core capabilities are applied: prevention, protection, mitigation, response and recovery.