Tagged: Emergency Response

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FEMA Issues a Guide on Disaster Financial Management

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) released the “Disaster Financial Management Guide” to support state, local, tribal and territorial jurisdictions in obtaining necessary resources to establish efficient disaster financial management practices. The Guide identifies foundational Skills and Capabilities that are essential in successful response to emergency situations. Furthermore, the document...

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Google Releases COVID-19 Community Mobility Reports

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Google published an early release of COVID-19 Community Mobility Reports. These reports provide data-driven insights into changes happening due to work from home, shelter in place, and other initiatives to flatten the pandemic curve. The reports utilize Google Maps technology to identify trends over...

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Steve Russ and Sgt. Robert Chavez, both Colorado Army National Guardsmen with the 8th Civil Support Team, dispose of simulated hazardous material during a tornado scenario July 23, 2013, in Colorado Springs, Colo., as part of exercise Vigilant Guard Colorado. Vigilant Guard is a series of federally funded disaster-response drills conducted by National Guard units working with federal, state and local emergency management agencies and first responders. (DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Nicole Manzanares, U.S. Air National Guard/Released)

Free Online Training Available for Disaster Researchers

As a part of its ongoing CONVERGE series of free online training modules, The Natural Hazards Center at the University of Colorado Boulder recently released the CONVERGE Social Vulnerability and Disasters Training Module.  The CONVERGE series “advances social science, engineering, and interdisciplinary research and establishes and strengthens networks between disciplinary communities”....

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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...

The Rim Fire in the Stanislaus National Forest near in California began on Aug. 17, 2013 and is under investigation. The fire has consumed approximately 149, 780 acres and is 15% contained. U.S. Forest Service photo.

California Fire Resources

California Governor Gavin Newsom declared a statewide emergency due to the effects of unprecedented high-wind events which have resulted in fires and evacuations across the state. (News release)   Key National Resources  National Library of Medicine (NLM) Fires and Wildfires Information Guide    Content syndication—embed the content of this page on your own website, to...

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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...

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FEMA National Preparedness Report 2018

The U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency released its 2018 National Preparedness Report which details the nation’s readiness to address emergency incidents.  FEMA uses a capabilities-based approach to establish the National Preparedness Goal that focuses on 32 core capabilities and five specific Mission Areas: prevention, protection, mitigation, response and recovery. Focusing...