Tagged: emergency

FEMA Takes a Whole Community Approach to Emergency Management

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recognizes that a government-centric approach to emergency management is not enough to meet the challenges posed by a catastrophic incident. FEMA’s new report A Whole Community Approach to Emergency Management: Principles, Themes, and Pathways for Action focuses on the fact that FEMA is only...

FEMA Launches New Think Tank

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recently launched a new forum to facilitate discussion in the field of emergency management called the FEMA Think Tank. “FEMA recognizes that the best solutions to the challenges we face are generated by the people and the communities who are closest to these challenges....

Active Shooter Awareness Virtual Roundtable

“The 2011 Critical Infrastructure Learning Series provides one-hour Web-based seminars conducted by senior critical infrastructure protection experts on the tools, trends, issues, and best practices for infrastructure protection and resilience.” “On Sept. 27, 2011, DHS [Department of Homeland Security] hosted a 90-minute interactive virtual roundtable designed to help the private...

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Zombie Apocalypse Part II: Zombie Pandemic

Earlier this year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) utilized an innovative tactic to capture the public’s attention with regards to disaster preparedness. Entitled, “Social Media: Preparedness 101: Zombie Apocalypse”, it merged pop culture with the all too real threat of natural disasters in a manner that got...

Improvements Needed for Acquiring Medical Countermeasures to Threats

In this Government Accountability Office (GAO) report, the GAO examines the state of stockpiled medical vaccines, treatments, and diagnostic tools which would be used in the event of a terrorist attack or other large scale emergency. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Public Health Emergency Medical Countermeasures Enterprise...

First Ever Test of Nationwide Emergency Alert System to Be Conducted

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will conduct the first ever nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) at 2:00 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time) on November 9, 2011. Although local and state tests are a weekly or monthly occurrence, this will be the...