AGRICULTURE & FOOD DEFENSE ARCHIVES

National Preparedness Efforts Among Tribal Communities

Participants at the National Tribal Emergency Management Council s annual conference in August shared some key takeaways for tribal and nontribal communities to improve their disaster preparedness efforts Understanding the concerns and challenges is essential

Water and Wastewater Sector Perspectives

The Cybersecurity 038 Infrastructure Security Agency defines the Water and Wastewater Systems Sector as one of 16 critical infrastructure sectors Read about this sector s numerous challenges in maintaining the high level of service necessary to the communities they serve

Cybersecurity in Hospitals and the Public Health Sector

Cyberattacks on healthcare systems affect millions of patients each year It is critical for agencies and organizations to build a culture of compliance and awareness for the system s security and the safety of the patients

Bioterrorism – Could Smallpox Return?

Although smallpox was eradicated from its human population and reservoir it is still in designated stockpiles controlled by two nations and possibly in other unknown locations Learn about the possible threat and the need for greater preparedness and discussion

Incident Management – The Whataburger Way

The Whataburger Command Center team uses a hybrid form of the Incident Command System when an unexpected event threatens the company s stability reputation or operations The main goal is to minimize damages and ensure the company s survival and quick recovery

Are Public Health Agencies Ready, or Just Prepared?

Is it time to retire the term public health preparedness and replace it with public health readiness When building emergency planning efforts and response capabilities jurisdictions and local health entities must reconfigure existing plans with the readiness factor in mind

Food and Agriculture Sector Perspectives

  The U.S. Food and Agriculture (FA) Sector is composed of complex production, processing, and delivery systems that can feed people and animals both within and beyond the boundaries of the United States. Beyond domestic food production, the FA Sector also imports many ingredients and finished products, leading to a

Biosafety Laboratory Issues and Failures

Concerns regarding unexpected biological incidents and their public health implications were discussed in a 2014 Domestic Preparedness biosecurity and bioterrorism article From the improper possession and storage of decades old live smallpox virus in a former Food and Drug Administration laboratory lab on the National Institute of Health NIH campus

Hazmat on the Rail

Since February 3 2023 following the train derailment in East Palestine Ohio the public has closely followed reports and commentary by media outlets and elected officials This incident has become more controversial and publicized than others in recent years and has caused a public outcry for change

How One Town Stood Up to a Category 4 Storm

When Category 4 Hurricane Ian crossed Florida in September 2022 more than 4 million Florida homes and businesses lost power However one town kept the lights on and was spared the devastation the cities surrounding it faced With resilience and sustainability in mind this author shares the planning involved in

Beachie Creek Fire – A Practitioner’s Firsthand Account

When disaster strikes sometimes those trained to respond find themselves and their families fleeing from the fire Once their families are safe they jump back in to assist wherever needed This scenario happened to one emergency manager when the Beachie Creek wildfire engulfed surrounding Oregon communities with little warning

“Moneyball” for the Wildland Fire System

The wildfire management community has made great strides incorporating new decision support tools into how it plans for and responds to wildfire incidents. Despite improvements in risk assessment and management at the incident scale, increasing fire activity and critical resource shortages reveal a system under strain in need of strategies

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