Commentary

Challenge: Defeat Ballistic Missile Attacks From the South

by Henry (Hank) F. Cooper -

When President John F. Kennedy announced that Soviet ships were transporting nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles to Cuba, U.S. citizens prepared to "duck and cover" as they had been taught in grade school. Individuals and families were more self-reliant in the 1960s than today. With greater reliance on electricity, all Americans are now even more vulnerable, especially to the electromagnetic pulse (EMP) from a high-altitude nuclear burst.

Electromagnetic Pulses - Six Common Misconceptions

by George H. Baker -

An intense pulse of electromagnetic energy generated by manmade or natural events has the potential to significantly damage or destroy electronic components across the electric grid. Without these components, many life-supporting services may cease to function, but it is important to understand the realistic effects of such incidents and remove any misconceptions.

Part V - The 'Big Picture': Integration of Strategies & Plans

by Catherine Feinman -

Part 5 of 5: By implementing a national command structure, creating ongoing relationships, sharing resources, and participating in joint exercises and trainings, Baltimore City is able to better coordinate preparedness efforts with multiple disciplines and jurisdictions to protect communities and critical infrastructure. A small staff can accomplish a lot when everyone works together.

Natural Disasters: View From the Northeast

by Catherine L. Feinman -

Natural disasters can have devastating consequences, as seen following Superstorm Sandy. DomPrep interviewed three distinguished guests to learn more about this topic from the local, regional, and federal perspectives and to provide insights on current mitigation efforts to prepare for, respond to, and recover from future threats.

Multidiscipline Training

by Catherine Feinman -

Since 1998, the Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) in Anniston, Alabama, has been offering interdisciplinary training to emergency responders. In April 2014, the Baltimore regional incident management team (IMT) traveled to Anniston for a pilot program developed for IMTs. Listen to Captain Michael Pfaltzgraff of the Anne Arundel County Fire Department describe his experience at CDP.

Part IV - A Regional 'Whole-Community' Approach

by Catherine Feinman -

Part 4 of 5: Baltimore City takes the whole-community approach to a regional level. By integrating the business community into the city's operations and planning process and working with regional partners to plan for and respond to incidents and special events, the city is able to use these many relationships as force multipliers.

Part III - Collaborative Efforts for Citywide Preparedness

by Catherine Feinman -

Part 3 of 5: In any large city, there are many agencies and organizations that must learn to work together for the benefit of the city as a whole. In Baltimore, these groups come together through local emergency planning committee meetings, trainings, exercises, special events, and other interagency preparedness efforts. As plans change, the key to success is adaptability.

Part II - Addressing Community Needs & Vulnerable Populations

by Catherine Feinman -

Part 2 of 5: Planning and response efforts for any city emergency management agency can be challenging, especially when working with diverse populations, neighborhoods living in poverty, and drug-infested communities. The Baltimore Mayor's Office of Emergency Management (MOEM) along with many partner agencies and organizations are going into vulnerable neighborhoods and tackling problems head on.

Part I - 'Charm City's' Team Baltimore

by Catherine Feinman -

Part 1 of 5: This exclusive behind-the-scenes look at Baltimore Mayor's Office of Emergency Management (MOEM) highlights the multidiscipline planning efforts required for day-to-day operations as well as for natural and human-caused disasters. While wearing multiple "hats," the men and women of MOEM cultivate valuable interagency relationships to prepare the communities they serve.

Critical Infrastructure - Addressing an Overarching Concept

by Joe D. Manous Jr. -

Since 9/11, critical infrastructure has evolved from a basic awareness of security into robust discussions on how to sustain entire communities. Each natural and manmade disaster emphasizes the need for greater sustainability and resilience. In this podcast, subject matter experts discuss some of these lessons learned, as well as development of career fields and bodies of knowledge.