Fentanyl Hazards and Detection

Two scientists in yellow PPE prepare samples under scientific hoodThe deadly opioid epidemic in the United States does not stop at overdoses. It also poses life-threatening exposure to first responders who arrive on scene. Learn about the new ways scientists at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory are expanding detection strategies and technologies to keep these responders safe.

Article Out Loud – Fentanyl Hazards and Detection

  Full article by Ashley Bradley and Kristin Omberg, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, June 12, 2024. In this feature article, a biomedical scientist and a senior technical advisor […]

A Modern Take on an Age-Old Biological Weapon

Two scientists in blue PPE gown and yellow gloves crouched while taking samplesReports about North Korea launching balloons filled with fecal matter and propaganda into South Korean territory were intriguing. However, this incident raises public health concerns and the question of whether fecal matter could be utilized in modern times as an effective biological weapon.

The Nexus Between Drug and Human Trafficking

mexican border, fence on left with woodsy mountain aheadTransnational criminal organizations are using their experience in drug trafficking to utilize routes and operating procedures to take advantage of other criminal opportunities, such as human trafficking.

A Plan to Protect the Youngest Children

two young children at desk writing with pencil in right handMost educational and training programs for protecting schools against targeted violence, drugs, and human trafficking do not include the youngest students – preschoolers. However, one program in Florida that is free to the schools is an example of how other states can close this preparedness gap.

May 2024

Featured in this issue: Editor’s Note: Mitigate the Impacts When Communities and Nature Collide by Catherine L. Feinman; Navigating the Seismic Dance: Preparedness in the Ring of Fire By Alicia Johnson; Shielding Communities: Public Health Strategies for Natural Hazards By Raphael M. Barishansky and Andrew D. Pickett; A Critical Imperative for Natural Hazards By Sandra Dennis-Essig; Elegant Community Preparation By Aaron Titus; The Psychology of Crisis By Mary Schoenfeldt; Key Bridge Collapse: Unity of Effort By Michael Prasad.; National Security: A Range of Threats By Anthony Mottola and Richard Schoeberl.; and Resilience-Based CI and Domestic Preparedness: A Long-Overdue Imperative By Jeff Gaynor

Mitigate the Impacts When Communities and Nature Collide

wildfire in woods with smokeEmergency preparedness professionals plan for and try to mitigate natural hazard events, but nature is unpredictable. In this May edition of the Domestic Preparedness Journal, experts discuss past hazards and steps communities can take to mitigate their effects.
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