Tagged: response

U.S. Energy Sector Vulnerabilities to Climate Change and Extreme Weather

In a new report, the U.S. Department of Energy predicts that disruptions to the nation’s energy supply will continue to worsen due to the continuing effects of climate change and extreme weather. The report highlights three major climate trends that have great impacts on the energy sector: 1. Increasing air...

Tornado Response Resources for Families, Teachers, and Emergency Responders

Yesterday, May 20, 2013, a massive tornado devastated the town of Moore, Oklahoma. In light of the recent extreme weather event/s, and as we come closer to the 2013 hurricane season, the HSDL would like to highlight The National Child Traumatic Stress Network’s (NCTSN) resources for those impacted by tornadoes....

Public Libraries and First Responders: Partners in Emergency Response

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine South Central Region (NN/LM SCR) has made a video available to “first responders, city councils, local governments etc.” which demonstrates the role that public libraries can play within a community after an emergency. Entitled Public Libraries and First Responders: Partners in Emergency Response...

FEMA Calls for Public Feedback on National Incident Management System

FEMA’s National Integration Center (NIC) has recently created a public forum on the FEMA website to review and update the NIMS (National Incident Management System). The purpose of this system is to identify “concepts and principles that answer how to manage emergencies from preparedness to recovery regardless of their cause,...

Analysis of Aurora Colorado Century Theater Shooting

The City of Aurora Colorado released the report “Century Theater Shooting: Aurora Fire Department Preliminary Incident Analysis”. From the executive summary of the report: “On July 20th, 2012, at approximately 12:40 am, a gunman opened fire in Century 16 Theater #9 where more than 400 people were attending the premier...

New Website Offers Public Safety and Emergency Response Apps

The Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International launched the new website Application Community or AppComm. This website is dedicated to public safety and emergency response apps for use by the general public, app developers, and first responders. “AppComm is the single, trusted online forum where public safety professionals, the...

CDC Health Alert Network: Preparing for and Responding to Bombing Events

Resources Available for Local and State Public Health Officials: Preparing for and Responding to Bombing Events On April 17, 2013, the CDC Health Alert Network (HAN) released a health advisory titled, “Resources Available for Local and State Public Health Officials: Preparing for and Responding to Bombing Events.” The advisory was...

New Study Evaluates Effectiveness of Crew Sizes in High-Rise Fires

A new study from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) finds that that firefighting crews of five or six members are significantly faster in putting out fires and completing search-and-rescue operations when responding to fires in high-rise buildings than crews of three or four. This research will greatly...

Anniversary of the Three Mile Island Incident

On March 28, 1979, a partial nuclear meltdown occurred at the Three Mile Island Unit 2 (TMI-2) reactor, near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. It was the most serious accident in U.S. commercial nuclear power plant history, and was given a rating of 5 out of 7 on the International Nuclear Event Scale....

New iOS App Released to Assist First Responders in Hazardous Material Incidents

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has just released a new universal app for Apple iOS devices called WISER (Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders). The application was created to assist first responders in hazardous-materials incidents. From the iTunes Preview: “First responders in general, and HAZMAT units in particular, must...