Category: On the Homefront – the HSDL Blog

The Rising Cost of Fire Operations

A news release last week from the USDA, “New Report Shows Budget Impact of Rising Firefighting Costs” covered Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack’s announcement of a new report from the Forest Service’s issue of shrunken budgets over the last 20 years. “Climate change, drought, fuel buildup and insects and disease are...

The Manhattan District History: Full-Text Now Available Online

During World War II, a top secret U.S. government research project known as the Manhattan Project produced the world’s first atomic bombs. To preserve the history of the Manhattan Project, the head of the project, General Leslie Groves, commissioned the creation of a work known as the Manhattan District History....

Ebola Outbreak 2014: Information Resources

The ongoing 2014 Ebola Outbreak in West Africa marks one of the largest outbreaks of its kind and the first in the West African Region of the world. Those West African countries that have been primarily affected by this deadly outbreak include Liberia, Nigeria, Guinea, and Sierra Leone. According to...

Terrorism Prevention and Training Within State, Local, and Tribal Law Enforcement Agencies

The events on 9/11 brought drastic change to the United States in numerous ways. Today, Americans look towards law enforcement agencies now, more than ever, for a feeling of safety. Knowing that the FBI agency has been trained in counterterrorism, the question lies as to how our state, local, and...

New Executive Order Modifies Communicable Disease Quarantine Inclusions

Executive Order (EO) 13674 of July 31, 2014, publishes a revised list of quarantinable communicable diseases, modifying EO 13295. “Based upon the recommendation of the Secretary of Health and Human Services, in consultation with the Acting Surgeon General, and for the purposes set forth in section 1 of Executive Order...

Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) Program: What You Need to Know

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) implements the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) regulations [H.R. 4007, the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) Authorization and Accountability Act of 2014], which regulate security at high-risk facilities possessing more than baseline amounts of one or more ‘chemicals of interest’. ‘Chemicals of interest’ are...

Port Recovery in the Aftermath of Hurricane Sandy: Improving Port Resiliency in the Era of Climate Change

In October of 2012, Hurricane Sandy unleashed deadly and costly damage across the eastern coast of the United States. Particularly hard-hit coastal communities in the northeast experienced a 14-foot storm surge that extensively damaged local ports, including the Port of New York and New Jersey. This extreme weather occurrence paired...

National Preparedness: Where Do We Stand? FEMA Releases Annual Report

This month, FEMA released the third annual iteration of its “National Preparedness Report.” From the FEMA site and Executive Summary: “Required annually by Presidential Policy Directive 8: National Preparedness, the National Preparedness Report summarizes progress in building, sustaining, and delivering the 31 core capabilities described in the National Preparedness Goal...

Pres. Obama authorizes air strikes to recapture Mosul Dam

Yesterday, President Obama notified Congress, per the War Powers Resolution (Public Law 93-148), that on August 14 he authorized air strikes in Iraq to recapture the Mosul Dam. Earlier this month, Pres. Obama authorized targeted air strikes in Iraq to support forces fighting to break the siege on Mount Singar....

Missouri Governor directs National Guard to help restore peace and order in Ferguson

Gov. Jay Nixon signed Executive Order 14-09 today, which orders and directs additional resources through the National Guard to “aid the executive officials of Missouri” and “to protect life and property.” Additionally, the State Highway Patrol is authorized to restrict and/or close streets and thoroughfares in order to maintain peace...