Tagged: preparedness

Texas Public Safety Threat Overview 2013

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) has recently released its Texas Public Safety Threat Overview 2013, a report which examines the threats currently facing the state. According to the report, “Texas faces the full spectrum of threats. The globalization and convergence of crime and terrorism; an unsecure border with...

Executive Order on Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity

Yesterday, President Obama signed an Executive Order on Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity. From the Executive Order: “Repeated cyber intrusions into critical infrastructure demonstrate the need for improved cybersecurity. The cyber threat to critical infrastructure continues to grow and represents one of the most serious national security challenges we must confront....

Preliminary Report on Improving the Strength and Resilience of New York State’s Infrastructure

NYS 2100 Commission: Recommnedations to Improve the Strength and Resilience of the Empire State’s Infrastructure On Friday, January 11, 2013, the NYS2100 Commission released its preliminary report and recommendations following several severe weather events that have crippled New York’s critical infrastructure systems. “On November 15, 2012, Governor Andrew Cuomo convened...

Reducing Risks of Future Disasters: Priorities for Decision Makers

Reducing Risks of Future Disasters: Priorities for Decision Makers The United Kingdom’s Government Office for Science has released a report entitled, “Reducing Risks of Future Disasters: Priorities for Decision Makers”. From the foreword by Professor Sir John Beddington, Chief Scientific Adviser to Her Majesty’s Government and Head of the Government...

New Year, New You – Get Emergency Ready with FEMA

For 2013, FEMA encourages one of your New Year Resolutions to include emergency ready preparations for you and your family. With FEMA’s ‘Resolve to be Ready’ campaign, the integration of technology and preparedness has lead to the creation of the FEMA mobile app, printable emergency plans, and a Family Emergency...

Are You Ready for the Frankenstorm?

Hurricane Sandy is a category-1 storm that is estimated to bring “life-threatening flooding to the US mid-Atlantic coast and hurricane-force winds from Virginia to Massachusetts, Monday evening and into Tuesday.” The storm has been gaining more strength, with winds of over 90 miles per hour, and conditions are anticipated to...

Anniversary of the Loma Prieta Earthquake

On October 17, 1989 at 5:04 p.m., a 6.9 magnitude earthquake rocked California’s Bay Area. As it “rippled outward from its core, it left a trail of destruction from Santa Cruz to San Francisco,” bringing about the deaths of 63 individuals and $7 billion dollars worth of damage. Centered near...

Best Practices for Using Social Media to Engage the ‘Community’ on Preparedness

Community Engagement Guidance and Best Practices Earlier this month, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released a report outlining ways in which social media can be used to engage the community on preparedness. The report was created by the by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate...

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...