Tagged: preparedness

Ring in the New Year With Emergency Preparedness

  As 2014 approaches, various communities have released emergency preparedness calendars to plan for and prevent potential emergency events that may happen during the next year. These advanced preparedness calendars include ways that families can prepare for disasters; they include ways to prepare for evacuations that might include pets; and...

ASTHO & CDC Announce Release of National Health Security Preparedness Index™

Last week the Association for State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and 20 other development partners announced the release of the National Health Security Preparedness Index™ (NHSPI™). The partners assert that the Index is “a new way to measure...

Typhoon Haiyan: Information and Resources for Emergency Response

The recent typhoon in the Philippines, Typhoon Haiyan, or known locally as Typhoon Yolanda, has sparked the mobilization of emergency and relief efforts across the globe. Formed on November 3, 2013 several hundred kilometers east-southeast of Micronesia, the storm is on record as the Philippines’ second-deadliest typhoon. The typhoon made...

Executive Order: It’s Time to Prepare the U.S. for Climate Change

With the threat of climate-related disasters on the rise, the Obama Administration has released an executive order discussing the need to prepare the U.S. for the effects of climate change. “Executive Order 13653: Preparing the United States for the Impacts of Climate Change” discusses the necessity to invest in infrastructure...

Major Cities Could Benefit from Federal Guidance on Nuclear Terrorism Response Plans

A recent report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) claims that major cities in the United States could benefit from federal guidance on implementing nuclear terrorism response plans. Major cities are assumed to be the main targets of nuclear or radiological attacks, and a successful RDD (radiological dispersal device) or...

New Theses Released from U.S. Army Command and General Staff College Cover Topics From USBP Effectiveness to Mass Shootings

In the newest round of theses released from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, a number of hot topic issues are addressed. The following projects, on the Effectiveness U.S. Border Patrol (USBP) and Mass Shootings in the U.S., are of particular interest: “Analysis of the Development and Effectiveness...

Shake, Rattle, and Wave: USGS Releases Tsunami Risk Reduction Study

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has released a report called “The Science Application for Risk Reduction (SAFRR) Tsunami Scenario”. This report depicts a potential tsunami created by an earthquake offshore from the Alaska Peninsula and how it might impact the coast of California. According to the report, “[t]he tsunami scenario...

Resilience Within the Department of Homeland Security Workforce

“A Ready and Resilient Workforce for the Department of Homeland Security: Protecting America’s Front Line” The Institute of Medicine of the National Academies has released a report detailing the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) efforts to address stress and morale within its ranks and to improve resilience at DHS. From...

National Preparedness Month Blog: NCDP Preparedness Wizard

Columbia University’s National Center for Disaster Preparedness (NCDP) now offers on its website an interactive training program on disaster preparedness called the “Preparedness Wizard: Personal Preparedness in Five Action Steps.” Frequently compared to the format of the popular personal tax program TurboTax, this program walks users step-by-step through the NCDP’s...

New Report Says United States is Ill-Prepared for Natural Disasters

A new report by the American Security Project has found that the United States is ill-prepared to deal with natural disasters, especially as they relate to coastal flooding. The report, called “Climate Change: Coastal Flood Threat”, uses the Netherland’s flood management plans, which are cited as some of the most...