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Article Out Loud – Hazmat on the Rail

As the train derailment in East Palestine Ohio attracted nationwide attention emergency preparedness professionals have been taking steps to ensure their first responders have the tools resources and training needed to respond to rail incidents involving hazardous materials within their jurisdictions This resource will help meet these preparedness objectives
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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

Training Challenge – Choosing the Best Learning Approach

One responder sits in a room listening to an instructor and discussing key concepts and issues with other participants Another responder sits at a computer during odd hours going through tutorials and posting on discussion groups Although both types of trainings are effective the deciding factors between instructor led web

FINAL REPORT: Planned Special Events – When Things Go Wrong

Deadly incidents such as the Boston Marathon bombings have raised many concerns among special event planners emergency managers and first responders When an incident occurs at the site of a planned event which usually has many moving parts the challenges can become overwhelming This report goes beyond special event planning

Incident Gridlock – Overwhelming a City

The U S Federal Highway Administration concluded in 2007 that there is a weakness in the infrastructure 8217 s ability to handle the movement of people following a natural or manmade disaster The 2013 Boston Marathon bombings serve as a prime example of how transportation facilities and government agencies manage

Enhancing Zones to Protect the Emergency Responder

The top priority of the responders who are called to a fire or other incident of course is scene safety To reduce the chances of those responders becoming victims themselves fire departments should communicate and work closely with law enforcement agencies to better understand the perimeters and resources that the

Developing & Deploying Multi-Use Technologies

With the high cost of creating new technologies and the budget restraints of those who will be using the products it is critical that developers policy makers and end users are all involved in each phase of the development process A unified approach for developing an adaptable multi use technology

New WMD Concerns: Many Questions, But Few Answers

It is understandable that the end of the Cold War led not only to a relaxation of global tensions but also to an alarming degree to a less vigilant attitude about the major complex and increasingly dangerous threat posed by Syria Iran Libya and other nations in various areas of

Law Enforcement Training for the Active Shooter

By following the training and preparedness efforts practiced in Israel the United States can move toward a cohesive national strategized approach to provide line officers the ability to look beyond the single incident before them However individual responders also must take the initiative needed to develop and advance their own

All-Hazards Planning for Special Events

To avoid a recipe for disaster the following prescription is recommended for all hazards preparedness two thirds planning and one third execution Anything and everything can happen at a special event in communities throughout the nation so the advance planning and training should reflect that fact

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Article Out Loud – The Psychology of Crisis

  Full article by Mary Schoenfeldt, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, May 22, 2024. In this feature article, the board president of Green Cross Academy of Traumatology describes the psychological side of disasters and other impactful events as a critical component of crisis management. Many people still do

Article Out Loud – Elegant Community Preparation

  Full article by Aaron Titus, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, May 8, 2024. In this feature article, the executive director for Crisis Cleanup shares how elegant community preparation offers a process that simplifies disaster planning efforts for community members. Communities need to prepare together and focus on

Article Out Loud – Navigating the Seismic Dance: Preparedness in the Ring of Fire

  Full article by Alicia Johnson, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, May 8, 2024. In this feature article, an emergency manager with extensive experience in risk communications and public affairs informs readers about the multifaceted nature of earthquake risks and delineates the indispensable role organizations play in mitigating

Article Out Loud – National Security: A Range of Threats

  Full article by Anthony Mottola and Richard Schoeberl, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, May 1, 2024. In this feature article, two law enforcement and counterterrorism experts discuss the growing threats from organized foreign terrorist groups to homegrown terrorists inspired by them. Members of the intelligence community have

Article Out Loud – Sustaining Those Working in Disasters

  Full article by Jolie Wills, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, April 24, 2024. In this featured article, a cognitive scientist and psychosocial disaster recovery specialist emphasizes the importance of supporting those working in emergency response roles before, during, and after emergencies and disasters. Leaders and their teams

Article Out Loud – Mental Awareness to Enhance Preparedness

  Full article by Andrew (Andy) Altizer, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, April 17, 2024. In this featured article, an emergency manager with military experience points out that emergency managers, public health officials, and first responders often stress the importance of physical fitness, but sometimes neglect mental fitness.

Article Out Loud – Primary Care Investments to Increase Community Resilience

  Full article by Angie Im, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, April 17, 2024. In this featured article, a healthcare research and policy expert describes the importance of community health centers and their impact on community resilience. These medical lifelines for millions of Americans are facing financial and

Article Out Loud – The Missing Plague Vials

  Full article by Robert C. Hutchinson, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, April 17, 2024. In this featured article, an experienced federal agent shares a true story of missing bubonic plague vials, an airport bomb threat, and other suspicious activities that demonstrate continued national and homeland security vulnerabilities

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