Interoperability During Mass Casualty Incidents

Man with headset sitting at a desk in front of computersDuring a mass casualty incident, response agencies must be able to communicate in real-time. This means that interoperability plans need to include everyone involved in the response. One lesson learned from past incidents is that hospitals are an often overlooked “responder.” Learn what one agency is doing to close this gap in the Washington, DC, region.

Week 2 – Restoring Infrastructure and Instilling Resilience

highway with automobiles under a sign that directs traffic to the Key BridgeThe Key Bridge collapse was not the first of its kind, and it will not be the last. However, there are measures community leaders can take to strengthen infrastructure and instill resilience. Understanding the short-term and long-term goals after such an incident would help Baltimore and other communities restore the transportation lifelines that have been severely impacted.

An Editor’s Personal Journey to Emergency Preparedness

silhouette of three women on mountain cliff with sun setting in backgroundIn honor of Women’s History Month, the March edition of the Domestic Preparedness Journal features articles by inspirational women who, through their service and writing, are instrumental in building more prepared and resilient communities. The editor also shares her personal journey into emergency preparedness.

March 2024

Featured in this issue: Editor’s Note: An Editor’s Personal Journey to Emergency Preparedness by Catherine L. Feinman; Emergency Management Goes to the Hill by Kay C. Goss and Catherine L. Feinman; Amateurs of Action – The Women of Radio by Desiree Baccus; Executive Function: The Crisis Leader’s Edge in a High-Pressure World by Kim Guevara; Support and Planning Inside 911 Centers by Heather McGaffin; April 2024 Eclipse – Moving From Planning Into Operations by Laurel J. Radow; Gaining New Skills During Emergency Management Assistance Compact Assignments by Inés Bebea; The Evolution of Homeland Security Higher Education by Heather Issvoran; Recovery – “Coming Back” After Disasters and Emergencies by Kay C. Goss; and Insights From the 2024-2025 Editorial Board.

Emergency Management Goes to the Hill

A piggy bank sitting on top of quarters that spilled from a glass jar next to small wooden housesEmergency managers work behind the scenes to ensure the safety, security, and resilience of communities before, during, and after a disaster. As the requests for assistance increase, funding is not meeting these demands. Leaders from three nationwide organizations went to Washington, D.C., to advocate for emergency management professionals and urge Congress to increase funding for critical programs that will prepare communities for future natural and human-caused threats.

The Evolution of Homeland Security Higher Education

Two soldiers in fatigues walking toward the Washington MonumentAfter the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, homeland security education expanded to ensure that local, state, tribal, territorial, and federal agencies had the tools they needed to combat these threats. This academic leader shares how homeland security programs change to meet new challenges and evolving threats.
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