Tagged: preparedness

NASEMSO Releases Strategy Document for Improving EMS Preparedness

The National Association of State Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Officials (NASEMSO) released on January 29, 2015, its soon-to-be sentinel work, the Emergency Medical Services Domestic Preparedness Improvement Strategy. This strategy document was created through the hard work of a strategy group consisting of representatives of 13 stakeholder organizations representing EMS at the...

The Results are in: National Health Security Preparedness Index 2014

The National Health Security Preparedness Index (NHSPI) is one the nation’s premier utilities for assessing the performance of American health care systems. NHSPI recently released its National Index Results for 2014. The data evaluates health care systems on the basis of six domains, 18 sub-domains, and 194 different proficiency measures within...

Issues and Recommendations to Safeguard Public Health, as Identified by the Texas Task Force on Infectious Disease

“In today’s globally connected society, an infectious disease epidemic anywhere can soon become an emergency everywhere.” On October 6, 2014, Texas Governor Rick Perry issued Executive Order RP79, authorising the creation of the Texas Task Force on Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response. This task force is a direct result of the Ebola cases...

Little Dog, Big Teeth: How Proximity to Large Law Enforcement Agencies Affects the Preparedness of Smaller Agencies

The National Criminal Justice Reference Service released in 2012 and re-released this month a report titled: “Homeland Security in Small Law Enforcement Jurisdictions: Preparedness, Efficacy, and Proximity to Big-City Peers“. The study detailed in this report sought to address whether small municipal law enforcement agencies (employing 25 or fewer full-time sworn officers)...

FBI Study of Active Shooter Incidents in the United States Between 2000 and 2013

From 2000 to 2013, 160 ‘active shooter’ incidents have occurred in 40 of 50 states and the District of Columbia. The casualties of these shootings, both victims killed and wounded, have totaled 1,043. Nearly 40% of these active shooter incidents can be defined as a “mass killing” (“three or more”...

New Study Shows Hospitals Were Unprepared For Superstorm Sandy

Nearly two years ago, Superstorm Sandy hit the Northeast claiming 72 lives and nearly $50 billion in estimated damage. Within the 40 counties declared disaster areas of Connecticut, New Jersey and New York, hospitals were found to be ill-prepared. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Service’s Inspector General Office...

Latest OIG Report Highlights Mismanagement of Medical Resources in “Pandemic Preparation”

Severe disease pandemic can disrupt the security and stability of the United States, and it is essential to be prepared for such an event. Many quarantine and disease preparedness programs have been reviewed lately in light of the Ebola outbreak in Africa. On August 26, 2014, the Department of Homeland...

FEMA’s New Strategic Plan Will Develop Resiliency in the Face of Emergency

Planning for infrastructure emergencies and quarterbacking recovery efforts after natural disasters are two mainstays of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). This summer, the Agency released its newest Strategic Plan for 2014-2018, which outlines the goals for the organization in response to the Department of Homeland Security’s Quadrennial Homeland Security...

September is National Preparedness Month!

As summer draws to a close and officially ends in with the equinox on September 22nd, the safety focus on outdoor recreation will shift to preparedness. What is preparedness, exactly? It is about knowing the hazards in your daily life and preparing for the scenarios that would most likely occur...