Tagged: emergency

Navigating the Unknown: A Guide for 21st Century Emergency Managers

Patrick Lagadec of the French École Polytechnique has recently released a new book on emergency management entitled, “Navigating the Unknown: A Practical Lifeline for Decision-Makers in the Dark.” Seeking to challenge the normative step-by-step ‘crisis management handbooks,’ Lagadec’s book is designed to provide emergency managers with the necessary tools to...

One Year after Hurricane Sandy: The Recovery

October 29th, 2013 marked the one year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy. Dozens of states were impacted by the heavy rain, strong winds and record storm surges of the hurricane, particularly on the East Coast. The storm created extensive damage and it wound up costing states and local and federal agencies...

National Preparedness Month Blog: NCDP Preparedness Wizard

Columbia University’s National Center for Disaster Preparedness (NCDP) now offers on its website an interactive training program on disaster preparedness called the “Preparedness Wizard: Personal Preparedness in Five Action Steps.” Frequently compared to the format of the popular personal tax program TurboTax, this program walks users step-by-step through the NCDP’s...

New Report Says United States is Ill-Prepared for Natural Disasters

A new report by the American Security Project has found that the United States is ill-prepared to deal with natural disasters, especially as they relate to coastal flooding. The report, called “Climate Change: Coastal Flood Threat”, uses the Netherland’s flood management plans, which are cited as some of the most...

National Preparedness Month

September is National Preparedness Month! Now in its tenth year, the nation-wide, month-long effort aims to involve the whole community in preparedness. Individuals are encouraged to educate themselves about the emergencies that could happen, make a plan for what to do in case of an emergency, and create a supply...

National Preparedness Month Blog: Unaccounted for: A National Report Card on Protecting Children in Disasters

Save the Children has released its sixth annual state-by-state assessment of U.S. preparation and safety standards for children in child care facilities and in schools. The report, Unaccounted for: A National Report Card on Protecting Children in Disasters, assigns the nation a grade of "unsatisfactory" and highlights gaps in preparedness...

Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Strategy

The Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force has released today its "Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Strategy," a guide meant to help local communities continue to recover from the devastation of the October 2012 hurricane. The Strategy is also expected to serve as a disaster recovery strategy for communities nationwide, especially those faced...

Quadrennial Homeland Security Review Community of Practice Goes Live July 15th

On Monday, July 15th, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) launched its Quadrennial Homeland Security Review (QHSR) Community of Practice (CoP). “The CoP is a collaboration site for emergency management and homeland security professionals to contribute to the QHSR.” The QHSR was mandated by Congress after the passage of the...

Emergency Operations Plans for Houses of Worship

FEMA has recently released a new guide on developing an emergency operations plan (EOP) for houses of worship nationwide. In light of the increased number of emergency situations that have occurred in houses of worship in the United States, FEMA urges the public to recognize that such institutions are not...