Tagged: response

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...

Progress Report: Rebuilding After Sandy

On June 18th, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Sandy Program Management Office issued its first report tracking progress of the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force’s (“Task Force”) Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Strategy of August, 2013. The Rebuilding Strategy includes a long-term plan that delegates spending and oversight...

Swarm Intelligence: A Lesson in Emergency Response Following the Boston Marathon Bombings

Another report on the Boston Marathon bombings was released this week out of Harvard University, this time by the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative (Initiative). The Initiative’s report, “Crisis Meta-Leadership Lessons from the Boston Marathon Bombings Response: The Ingenuity of Swarm Intelligence,” analyzes the leadership of the myriad agencies that responded...

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...

Severe Winter Weather: A Review of the January 2014 Storms in Georgia

Following the winter storms that paralyzed parts of Georgia from January 26-30, 2014, Governor Nathan Deal requested that the state agency heads in charge of emergency response conduct a review of the events and create a plan for future response. The report, “Internal Review and Action Plan: Winter Storm Event...

First Responders Defined by the NCHRP

The term ‘first responder’ has been used to describe a number of individuals, from firefighters to FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) personnel. However, with the introduction of the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012, a working definition needs to be agreed upon between federal and state...

Connecticut State’s Attorney Releases Sandy Hook Investigation Report

The Office of the Connecticut State Attorney for the Judicial District of Danbury released yesterday its investigation report on the Sandy Hook shootings of December 2012. “The purpose of this report is to identify the person or persons criminally responsible for the twenty-seven homicides that occurred in Newtown, Connecticut, on...