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Cultures of Preparedness in Communities: A Role for Higher Education

The Federal Emergency Management Agency held a workshop at its Higher Education Program National Emergency Training Center in Emmitsburg, Maryland, May 22-23, 2018. The purpose of this workshop was to bring together emergency managers and social scientists to explore the cultural context of emergency preparedness. A lack of cultural understanding...

Measuring the Resilience of Cities: The Role of Big Data

On October 25, 2013, the Science and Technology Facilities Council of Great Britain (STFC) and the Royal United Services Institute for Defense Studies (RUSI) hosted a conference titled, “Measuring the Resilience of Cities: The Role of Big Data.” This conference brought together officials from both the UK and the U.S....

Trending Today: How Social Media Will Change the Face(book) of Disasters

The Center for National Policy’s Task Force for a Resilient America released a new report, “Connecting America: Building Resilience with Social Media” this month. The project aims to develop the most effective messages to promote resilience in the individuals and societies of America. Their toolbox is expanding from traditional media...

Why Was Boston Strong? Lessons from the Boston Marathon Bombing

Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government released today a study on response efforts following the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, entitled “Why Was Boston Strong? Lessons from the Boston Marathon Bombing.” The report “identifies strengths of the response as well as areas for improvement,” with a focus on conditions of “command” and...

DHS Releases 2013 National Infrastructure Protection Plan (NIPP)

Following the February 2013 issuance of Presidential Policy Directive 21 (PPD-21) that called for an update to the 2009 National Infrastructure Protection Plan (NIPP), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has released its newest plan: “NIPP 2013: Partnering for Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience.” The Plan “outlines how government and...

Strategies Against Inevitable Superstorms: Extreme Storms Require Extreme Preparation

The Urban Land Institute (ULI) has released a report called “After Sandy: Advancing Strategies for Long-Term Resilience and Adaptability”. This report details the effects of Hurricane Sandy and discusses a likely future where such so-called Superstorms are the norm. One of the biggest challenges of climate change will be the...

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...

In Remembrance: September 11, 2001 and September 11, 2012

Despite the self-proclaimed “victories” of terrorists on September 11, 2001 and September 11, 2012, the actions of citizens and military personnel on both 9/11/2001 and 9/11/2012 are emblematic of American resilience and heroism. The Homeland Security Digital Library (HSDL) joins the nation in mourning the loss of innocents from over...