Tagged: emergency

Swarm Intelligence: A Lesson in Emergency Response Following the Boston Marathon Bombings

Another report on the Boston Marathon bombings was released this week out of Harvard University, this time by the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative (Initiative). The Initiative’s report, “Crisis Meta-Leadership Lessons from the Boston Marathon Bombings Response: The Ingenuity of Swarm Intelligence,” analyzes the leadership of the myriad agencies that responded...

Why Was Boston Strong? Lessons from the Boston Marathon Bombing

Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government released today a study on response efforts following the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, entitled “Why Was Boston Strong? Lessons from the Boston Marathon Bombing.” The report “identifies strengths of the response as well as areas for improvement,” with a focus on conditions of “command” and...

Building a More Secure LAX: How the 2013 Active Shooter Incident Shaped the Future of Public Safety

Yesterday, March 18, 2014, The Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) Officials released a report on the response and recovery efforts following the November 1, 2013 active shooter incident at the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). This 83 page document analyzes the 26 areas of the emergency response and recovery efforts...

The Mystery of Malaysian Airlines Flight 370: Aviation Security and Emergency Response Considerations

As the timeline draws closer to the one week mark, the case of missing Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 (MH370) continues to perplex global spectators. On Saturday, March 8, 2014, the MH370 Boeing 777 aircraft carrying 239 passengers departed Kuala Lampur, Malaysia around 12:41 am en route to China. The flight,...

Putting Out the Mystery of Fire Incident Causes: NASFM Gives Fire Incident Reporting a Facelift

The National Association of State Fire Marshals (NASFM) Fire Research and Education Foundation has released a report focusing on these burning questions: why do so many fire incident causes remain undetermined, and how can they improve the system of reporting? The report is called “Conquering the ‘Unknowns’: Research and Recommendations...

First Responders Defined by the NCHRP

The term ‘first responder’ has been used to describe a number of individuals, from firefighters to FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) personnel. However, with the introduction of the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012, a working definition needs to be agreed upon between federal and state...

Ring in the New Year With Emergency Preparedness

  As 2014 approaches, various communities have released emergency preparedness calendars to plan for and prevent potential emergency events that may happen during the next year. These advanced preparedness calendars include ways that families can prepare for disasters; they include ways to prepare for evacuations that might include pets; and...

Connecticut State’s Attorney Releases Sandy Hook Investigation Report

The Office of the Connecticut State Attorney for the Judicial District of Danbury released yesterday its investigation report on the Sandy Hook shootings of December 2012. “The purpose of this report is to identify the person or persons criminally responsible for the twenty-seven homicides that occurred in Newtown, Connecticut, on...

Typhoon Haiyan: Information and Resources for Emergency Response

The recent typhoon in the Philippines, Typhoon Haiyan, or known locally as Typhoon Yolanda, has sparked the mobilization of emergency and relief efforts across the globe. Formed on November 3, 2013 several hundred kilometers east-southeast of Micronesia, the storm is on record as the Philippines’ second-deadliest typhoon. The typhoon made...