Tagged: emergency

Preparing for Disaster at the Local Level

The New America Foundation recently released a publication titled “All Disasters Are Local. Resilience Should Be, Too,” about the upsurge being observed in natural disasters and steps that can be taken to be better prepared. The report is a summary of presentations and talks from various experts and participants who...

Republican and Democratic National Conventions 2016: The Next Terrorist Targets?

First Orlando, then Dallas, now Baton Rouge, what’s next, Cleveland or Philadelphia? Attacks On The Homefront are trending as of late especially ones against local law enforcement. With the 2016 Republican National Convention (RNC) kicking off this week, the city of Cleveland is taking extra security measures outlined in the City...

It’s Here! The 2016 National Preparedness Report

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), have released the 2016 National Preparedness Report. The report “evaluates and measures gains individuals and communities, private and nonprofit sectors, faith-based organizations, and all levels of governments have made in preparedness and identifies where challenges remain.” Specifically,...

Disaster Recovery and the Private Sector: New Roles and New Challenges

“From 2000 to 2014, the number of U.S. disaster declarations has increased dramatically – 65 major declarations per year on average and a total of 1,907 declarations overall. And during the peak of such increases in 2011, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) issued the largest number to date (90...

Hurricane Katrina: The Catalyst for Change

From Chaos Comes Clarity Ten years ago this week, Hurricane Katrina terrorized the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico from August 23-31, making landfall in Louisiana on August 29. More than 1,800 people lost their lives and many more were displaced temporarily or permanently. Hurricane Katrina was the costliest disaster in...

A Friend in Need: Challenges for Cross-border Emergency Response

Photo: “An intersection which separates the State of Vermont and the Province of Quebec. The international boundary transects buildings on Church Street in Derby Line, Vermont, and Rue Church in Stanstead, Quebec, highlighting the close relationship between local first responders who frequently cross the border to render aid.” The Canadian Interoperability...

NASEMSO Releases Strategy Document for Improving EMS Preparedness

The National Association of State Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Officials (NASEMSO) released on January 29, 2015, its soon-to-be sentinel work, the Emergency Medical Services Domestic Preparedness Improvement Strategy. This strategy document was created through the hard work of a strategy group consisting of representatives of 13 stakeholder organizations representing EMS at the...