Summer 2014 Newsletter
In this issue: landslides, hurricane season, wearable tech
Landslides and mudslides have been in the news lately, claiming lives, destroying towns, disrupting infrastructure, rerouting waterways, and wreaking havoc on the environment. They often occur as the result of heavy rains, but can also be activated by natural disasters such as earthquakes or volcanic eruptions and they become more likely when vegetation has been destroyed on hillsides and slopes by wildfires or human modification. Landslides into or under large bodies of water can also result in tsunamis. Learn more regarding this type of disaster including lessons learned, historic mapping, predictive modeling and emergency planning.
- CDC Natural Disasters and Severe Weather: Landslides and Mudslides
- Pre-2014 Landslide Deposits in the Vicinity of Oso, Washington
- ShakeOut Scenario Appendix F: Seismically Induced Landslide Hazard Analysis and Deformation at Lifeline Crossings
- Grand Challenges for Disaster Reduction Implementation Plan: Landslide and Debris Flow
- Landslide Inventories in Europe and Policy Recommendations for their Interoperability and Harmonisation
Photo credit: Mark Reid/USGS
Atlantic Hurricane Season Began June 1
What does 2014 have in store for the 6-month hurricane season that began June 1? With an El Nino system setting up in the Pacific, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is forecasting lighter hurricane activity in the Atlantic this season. However it takes just one storm the size of Hurricane Katrina or Superstorm Sandy to create a widespread and multifaceted disaster. Make plans now to be ready for whatever nature brings on shore.
- Featured Topic: Hurricanes
- FEMA: Less than a Month Until 2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season Begins (May 6, 2014)
- NOAA: Hurricane Basics
- Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Strategy: In Brief (February 10, 2014)
- Selected Federal Legal Authorities Pertinent to Public Health Emergencies
- Keeping Workers Safe During Hurricane Cleanup and Recovery
- Hurricane Preparedness: Effects of Late Activations on Response Efforts
- Protection of Coastal Infrastructure under Rising Flood Risk
- Catastrophic Hurricane Evacuation Plan Evaluation: A Report to Congress
Photo credit: NOAA
Wearable, Portable and Augmented Reality Technology
Can wearing a computer or relying on an app add value and safety in the field, or does it get in the way of intuition and situational awareness? Will the cost and training of using these technologies outweigh the benefits? Will use by different agencies working together be sporadic, increasing communication problems or efficiently provide more information to all involved? The following resources provide valuable insights regarding the challenges and benefits of some of the latest on-the-spot technology currently being used by homeland security professionals:
- CHDS Students View Wearable Technology Through the Eyes of First Responders
- Improving Our View of the World: Police and Augmented Reality Technology
- Wireless Data Standards and Technology Report – Wearable Computer
- Law Enforcement Technology Needs Assessment
- Bomb Threat? An App for that, too
Photo credit: Creative Commons
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Homeland Security Commemorations and Anniversaries
As winter moves into spring, there are several commemorations and anniversaries of significant homeland security events. Featured below are select incidents affecting the U.S., accompanied by pertinent HSDL documents. For the full list, visit the Upcoming Homeland Security Events calendar.
- 5/2 Osama bin Laden killed in Pakistan by US Special Forces
- 6/1 Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder [PTSD] Awareness Month
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