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August 2023

Featured in this issue: Editor Note: Close to Home by Catherine L. Feinman; 7 Best Practices for Implementing Housing Recovery Programs by Daina Ruback; Sports Celebrations – Expect the Best, Plan for the Worst by Robert Leverone; Community Preparedness for the Socially & Civically Isolated by George Schwartz; Recruitment and

DHS S&T Awards Funds to PNNL to Research the Future of Emergency Management

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) awarded $1.67 million to the Department of Energy (DOE) Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) to conduct research on strengthening and reimagining the future emergency response structure. Tactical actions will focus on advancing next generation emergency operation centers (EOCs), supporting

DHS Announces Funding Allocations for FY 2023 Preparedness Grants

the Department of Homeland Security announced final allocations of $605 million in six Fiscal Year 2023 competitive preparedness grant programs. These allocations, together with the almost $1.4 billion in non-competitive grant funding announced earlier this year, total more than $2 billion in FY 2023 to help prepare our nation against threats

July 2023

Featured in this issue: Editor Note: Maintaining Planning Strategies for Evolving Threats by Catherine L. Feinman; Creating a New Standard for Evaluating Tabletop Exercises by John Duda and Scott J. Glick; Long-Term Care Facilities in Emergency Preparedness Planning by Tanya Scherr & Daniel Scherr; Inside the “Boot Camp” for Emergency

CBP Released a Migrant on a Terrorist Watchlist, and ICE Faced Information Sharing Challenges Planning and Conducting the Arrest (REDACTED)

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) apprehended and subsequently released a migrant without providing information requested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Terrorist Screening Center (TSC) that would have confirmed the migrant was a positive match with the Terrorist Screening Data Set (Terrorist Watchlist). This occurred because CBP’s ineffective practices

Planned in Plain Sight: A Review of the Intelligence Failures in Advance of January 6th, 2021

FBI and DHS conduct’s full internal reviews of their actions in the lead-up to January 6th, improve their processes for assessing and sharing intelligence (including open-source intelligence on social media), designate Joint Sessions of Congress to certify the Presidential election as a National Special Security Event, and improve inter-agency coordination

News Release: DHS S&T Tests Next Generation Flood and Wildfire Alerting Technology

On June 27, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) in collaboration with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Integrated Public Alert Warning System (IPAWS), conducted a demonstration of new technology that integrates unattended flood and wildfire sensors with IPAWS Open Platform for Emergency Networks.

June 2023

Featured in this issue: Editor Note: Getting Ready for the Next Emergency by Catherine L. Feinman; Unleashing the Power of Amateur Radio in Times of Emergency by Scott Roberts and Desiree Baccus; You’re the Leader. Now What? by Domestic Preparedness; Service Animal Awareness in Disaster Response by Melissa Resnick; Swatting:

DHS Announces First Department-wide Policy on Body-Worn Cameras

As required by President Biden’s Executive Order on Advancing Effective, Accountable Policing and Criminal Justice Practices to Enhance Public Trust and Public Safety, today Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas announced the first Department-wide policy on Body-Worn Cameras (BWCs) for its law enforcement officers and agents. The Department’s plan


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Article Out Loud – Citizen Soldiers and American State Defense Forces

By JAMES P. HOWARD Ⅱ, An Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness, September 06, 2023.Targeted-violent events threaten staff and students’ physical, psychological, and emotional well-being in public schools. However, the increasing frequency of these incidents raises concerns about the preparedness of incoming teachers and current staff to handle such

Article Out Loud – 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.


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