Reports

Earthquake Risk and U.S. Highway Infrastructure: Frequently Asked Questions

Earthquakes and related events, such as soil liquefaction, landslides, tsunamis, floods, and fires, pose risks to highway infrastructure. With an interest in protecting public safety, facilitating response and recovery efforts, and minimizing economic loss and social disruption, this report addresses frequently asked questions about earthquake risk and highway system components, especially bridges.

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Nuclear Security: Status of the National Nuclear Security Administration's Effort to Develop a Security Infrastructure Plan

This report examines (a) the status of National Nuclear Security Administration's (NNSA) efforts to develop a statutorily required Security Infrastructure Plan; and (b) the extent to which NNSA's future physical security infrastructure needs are included in the agency's current budget and planning documents.

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The First Responder Network (FirstNet) and Next-Generation Communications for Public Safety: Issues for Congress

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.

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Anthrax Infections and Anthrax Vaccine

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.

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Decontamination Guidance for Chemical Incidents

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.

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Critical Infrastructure Protection: Federal Agencies Have Taken Actions to Address Electromagnetic Risks, but Opportunities Exist to Further Assess Risks and Strengthen Collaboration

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.

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From Concept to Reality: Operationalizing Social Media for Preparedness, Response, and Recovery

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.

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MCMi Program Update-Fiscal Year 2015

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.

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DHS Appropriations FY2016: Protection, Preparedness, Response, and Recovery

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.

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The Nation Faces Multiple Challenges in Building and Maintaining Biodefense and Biosurveillance

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.

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