Tagged: Emergency preparedness

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Streamlining Emergency Management

The U.S. emergency management system has met a number of increasingly difficult challenges in recent years, such as extended wildfire seasons, more intense storms, and of course an ongoing global pandemic. In fact, FEMA noted that “the number of annual disasters that [they] have managed has tripled in the past...

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California SMARTER Plan

The State of California, via their website California for All, has released the new report, “California SMARTER: The Next Phase of California’s COVID-19 Response.” “SMARTER” stands for “Shots, Masks, Awareness, Readiness, Testing, Education and Rx (prescriptions and treatments).” The goals for each of these metrics are: Shots: Capacity to administer...

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QuickRoute Navigation App Now Available for First Responders

On March 5, 2021, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) announced the release of QuickRoute, a navigation application geared especially for first responders.  Three years in the making, the highly anticipated app “addresses more challenges than a typical GPS application, including narrow lanes, inclement weather,...

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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...