Tagged: preparedness

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...

Transportation Security Information Sharing

A recent Government Accountability Report (GAO), “Transportation Security Information Sharing: Stakeholders Generally Satisfied but TSA Could Improve Analysis, Awareness, and Accountability” addresses the importance of intelligence sharing between the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and security stakeholders. TSA is responsible for intelligence dissemination for a majority of the nation’s transportation systems,...

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...