Tagged: emergency

Using Cats for Emergency Preparedness

In a lighthearted twist, similar to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s “Zombie Apocalypse” campaign, The American Public Health Association (APHA) has announced a “Cat Preparedness Photo Contest” as part of its latest Get Ready emergency preparedness campaign. In order to enter the contest, one needs only a photo...

1 Year Anniversary of April 25-28, 2011 Tornado Outbreak

Nearly one year ago today the third largest tornado outbreak in US history (since systematic tornado record keeping began in 1950) was recorded on April 25-28, 2011. The areas most affected by the devastating tornadoes included the Southern, Midwestern, and Northeastern United States. In particular, Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi, Tennessee,...

National Severe Weather Preparedness Week, April 22 – 28

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have partnered in recognition of the first anniversary of “one of the largest tornado outbreaks in U.S. history” to raise public awareness of what to do during severe weather and help save lives. “Last April, tornadoes...

Gaps Continue to Exist in Nursing Home Emergency Preparedness and Response

The Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services recently issued a report regarding the preparedness measures in place to protect Americans living in nursing homes. “Federal regulations require that Medicare- and Medicaid-certified nursing homes have written emergency plans and provide employees with emergency preparedness...

IAEA Posts New Fukushima Daiichi Status Report

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has published its latest status report in the aftermath of the Fukushima Daiichi radiological disaster. Entitled, “Fukushima Daiichi Status Report, 23 February 2012” , the ten page brief covers developments within the affected reactors, cooling water flow to the reactors and temperatures in the...

Game Plan for Super Bowl Security

The City of Indianapolis, Indiana is gearing up to host the Super Bowl on Sunday, which will bring hundreds of thousands of people to the city. The Super Bowl can generate a lot of business for the city, but they will need to be prepared for the increased security, emergency,...

The Future of Disaster Response

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recently released the report Crisis Response and Disaster Resilience 2030: Forging Strategic Action in an Age of Uncertainty. FEMA recognizes the emergency management community will face challenges in the future that a far different from what the community is confronted with today. To meet...

2012 Updates: Radiation Emergency Medical Management Website & Cell Phone Applications

Radiation Emergency Medical Management [Website] The Radiation Emergency Medical Management (REMM) is a website that was produced by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. As of January 2012 the website has been updated, along with the mobile REMM applications for the iPhone, iPad, Android, Blackberry and Windows Mobile....

Experts Find U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Flood Management Needs Improvement

“In 2011 the mainstem Missouri River Reservoir System experienced the largest volume of flood waters since the initiation of record-keeping in the nineteenth century. The high levels of runoff from both snowpack and rainfall stressed the System’s capacity to control flood waters and caused massive damage and disruption along the...