Congress included provisions in the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 for planning, building, and managing a new, nationwide, broadband network for public safety communications, by creating the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet). This report discusses the process and resulting issues for Congress's consideration.
The U.S. Department of Defense recently published an updated information paper for service members and military medical personnel regarding the types and symptoms of anthrax infections, as well as vaccine dosing and caution information.
The Primary Response Incident Scene Management (PRISM) series was written to provide authoritative, evidence-based guidance on mass casualty disrobe and decontamination during a chemical incident. The PRISM documentation comprises three volumes: Strategic Guidance, Tactical Guidance, and Operational Guidance.
This report examines: (a) the extent to which key federal agencies have taken action to address electromagnetic risks and how these actions align with the 2008 EMP Commission report recommendations; and (b) the additional opportunities that exist to enhance federal efforts in addressing electromagnetic risks to the electric grid.
Social media and collaborative technologies have become critical components of emergency preparedness, response and recovery. This report is intended for use by all public safety disciplines and all types of agencies to better understand and utilize social media and other web-based tools without having to duplicate effort or spend undue resources searching for examples, policy templates, or guidance.
The Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Reauthorization Act of 2013 requires the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to issue an annual report detailing its medical countermeasure activities. This report covers the development and availability of medical countermeasures, including regulatory science and legal and policy actions related to medical countermeasure (MCM) for fiscal year 2015.
This report is part of a suite of reports that discuss appropriations for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for FY2016. The report provides an overview of the administration's FY2016 request for protection, preparedness, response, and recovery, as well as the appropriations proposed by Congress in response, and those enacted thus far.
This statement describes a range of historical and present challenges to building and maintaining the nation's biodefense and biosurveillance. It is based on prior work issued from December 2009 through March 2016 on various biodefense and biosurveillance efforts, and reviews the 2015 report of the Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense for selected updates.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is in the process of reviewing and refreshing NIMS and is seeking stakeholder input on the draft. National engagement provides an opportunity for interested parties to comment on the draft NIMS, so that it reflects the collective expertise and experience of the whole community. The National Engagement period concludes at 5:00pm on May 9, 2016.
Following the federal response to Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the Post-Katrina Act was enacted in 2006, requiring the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to establish a national preparedness system and assess the nation's overall preparedness. This statement addresses FEMA's progress in strengthening federal preparedness efforts and managing preparedness grants.