Tagged: Emergency preparedness

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Recommendations for Building a Resilient America

The Atlantic Council of the United States, in response to the challenges faced by the nation in the wake of the COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) pandemic, addresses the issues of national preparedness and resilience in their October 2020 publication, Effective Resilience and National Strategy: Lessons From the Pandemic and Requirements...

National Preparedness Month

September is National Preparedness Month (NPM). Especially as the United States continues to respond to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the Ready Campaign’s goal of promoting family and community disaster planning is especially important this year.   The theme of National Preparedness Month 2020 is “Disasters Don’t Wait. Make Your Plan Today.”...

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FEMA Issues Guidance for 2020 Hurricane Season

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) released COVID-19 Operational Guidance for the 2020 Hurricane Season. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact all levels of government, this document aims to provide actionable guidance to state, local, tribal, and territorial (SLTT) authorities to prepare for the hurricane season. Specifically, the guidance...

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Lessons Learned in Disaster and Emergency Response

When a major disaster or emergency strikes, having an up-to-date emergency management plan in place is vital to helping emergency responders act quickly and effectively. In support of this goal, and its overarching strategic plan, this week the United States Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) released the Fourth Edition of...

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FEMA: “Prepare for Zombie Apocalypse”

FEMA‘s disaster preparedness site, Ready.gov, has released an urgent PSA about an impending threat at the end of October. Experts and terrorism professionals confirm that the group (which has possible Greek and Haitian origins) plans to take advantage of a loophole in the space-time continuum, which will allow previously-deceased citizens...

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Global Health Emergencies: Prepare for the Worst

The Report on Global Preparedness for Health Emergencies from the Global Preparedness Monitoring Board (GPMB), an extension of the World Health Organization (WHO), is a call-to-action to proactively plan and establish global protocol for when public health emergencies hit. The report points out that many factors that could trigger a...

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National Health Security at Record High Despite Increasingly Aggregated Population

The National Health Security Preparedness Index, which “tracks the nation’s progress in preparing for, responding to, and recovering from disasters and other large-scale emergencies that pose risks to health and well-being in the United States” has released its 2019 Summary of Key Findings. The Index examines six categories of health...

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Cultures of Preparedness in Communities: A Role for Higher Education

The Federal Emergency Management Agency held a workshop at its Higher Education Program National Emergency Training Center in Emmitsburg, Maryland, May 22-23, 2018. The purpose of this workshop was to bring together emergency managers and social scientists to explore the cultural context of emergency preparedness. A lack of cultural understanding...

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Risk Identification and Site Criticality (RISC) Toolkit

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services along with the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) created a new emergency preparedness guidance for Healthcare and Public Health (HPH) organizations. The HPH Risk Identification and Site Criticality (RISC) Toolkit provides public and private organizations with “an objective, data-driven all-hazards...