Tagged: emergency

NACCHO to Host Public Health Preparedness Summer Webinar Series

The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) are hosting a Public Health Preparedness Summer Webinar Series. These free webinars will focus on the latest research into emergency management issues related to health officials, including pandemic planning and policy guidance. The first webinar, titled “Planning for Pandemics: Crunching...

Nationwide Emergency Alert System Needs Improvement

GAO (Government Accountability Office) released this week an updated report on FEMA’s efforts to effectively integrate IPAWS (Integrated Public Alert and Warning System) into the nation’s existing Emergency Alert System (EAS). Initiated in 2004, IPAWS is meant to integrate EAS participants (e.g. broadcast radio and television, cable operators, satellite radio...

NOAA Hosts Hurricane Preparedness Week

From May 26 – June 1, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Weather Service will host their annual Hurricane Preparedness Week. The 2013 Atlantic hurricane season is forecast to be more severe than normal, and the Hurricane Preparedness Week website will have valuable information on how...

Tornado Response Resources for Families, Teachers, and Emergency Responders

Yesterday, May 20, 2013, a massive tornado devastated the town of Moore, Oklahoma. In light of the recent extreme weather event/s, and as we come closer to the 2013 hurricane season, the HSDL would like to highlight The National Child Traumatic Stress Network’s (NCTSN) resources for those impacted by tornadoes....

Public Libraries and First Responders: Partners in Emergency Response

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine South Central Region (NN/LM SCR) has made a video available to “first responders, city councils, local governments etc.” which demonstrates the role that public libraries can play within a community after an emergency. Entitled Public Libraries and First Responders: Partners in Emergency Response...

Report Offers Guidance, Strategies, and Tools for Emergency Evacuations

The Transportation Research Board’s (TRB) “National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Report 740: ‘A Transportation Guide for All-Hazards Emergency Evacuation’ focuses on the transportation aspects of evacuation, particularly large-scale, multijurisdictional evacuation.” “The guidance, strategies, and tools in NCHRP Report 740 are based on an all-hazards approach that has applicability to...

FEMA Calls for Public Feedback on National Incident Management System

FEMA’s National Integration Center (NIC) has recently created a public forum on the FEMA website to review and update the NIMS (National Incident Management System). The purpose of this system is to identify “concepts and principles that answer how to manage emergencies from preparedness to recovery regardless of their cause,...

Analysis of Aurora Colorado Century Theater Shooting

The City of Aurora Colorado released the report “Century Theater Shooting: Aurora Fire Department Preliminary Incident Analysis”. From the executive summary of the report: “On July 20th, 2012, at approximately 12:40 am, a gunman opened fire in Century 16 Theater #9 where more than 400 people were attending the premier...

New Website Offers Public Safety and Emergency Response Apps

The Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International launched the new website Application Community or AppComm. This website is dedicated to public safety and emergency response apps for use by the general public, app developers, and first responders. “AppComm is the single, trusted online forum where public safety professionals, the...