august 2022

Commentary

Preparedness – A Constant Juggle

by Catherine L. Feinman -

Leaders face many challenges when charged with preparing for the next emergency or disaster. However, the key word is team, so it is critical to manage, prepare, and take care of the team members. Whatever tasks leaders must juggle, do not lose sight of the team that makes all the preparedness, response, and recovery efforts possible.

Reports

Economic Landscape of Federal Public Access Policy

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) submits this report to the Appropriations Committees of the Senate and House of Representatives pursuant to the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2022. This report draws on current research and data available and information received through extensive engagement and consultation with diverse stakeholders, including publishers, federal agencies, and other organizations.

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Resilience

Successful Application – Virtual Emergency Operations Center

by Judy Kruger & Kyle Overly -

Before 2019, partner agencies coordinated incident command primarily from a physical emergency operations center (EOC). This practice shifted to virtual EOCs during the COVID-19 pandemic for many agencies. Virtual EOCs can effectively address community needs through all phases of consequence management. Emergency management and partner agencies have found virtual on-scene coordination efficient, cost-effective, and flexible.

Resilience

How Natural Disasters Exacerbate Human Trafficking

by Hailey York & Lindsey Lane -

Human trafficking is the world’s second-largest criminal industry. In the wake of natural disasters, the risk to vulnerable populations rises. This article informs preparedness and response professionals on how to better protect their communities and prepare their workforces to identify the signs of human trafficking, understand recruiting methods, consider pre-existing vulnerabilities, and learn other information to mitigate this growing threat.

Podcast

Article Out Loud - Successful Application – Virtual Emergency Operations Center

by JUDY KRUGER & KYLE OVERLY, An Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness Journal.

Before 2019, partner agencies coordinated incident command primarily from a physical emergency operations center (EOC). This practice shifted to virtual EOCs during the COVID-19 pandemic for many agencies. Virtual EOCs can effectively address community needs through all phases of consequence management. Emergency management and partner agencies have found virtual on-scene coordination efficient, cost-effective, and flexible. 

Narrated by MacGregor Stephenson.

Podcast

Article Out Loud - How Natural Disasters Exacerbate Human Trafficking

by HAILEY YORK & LINDSEY LANE, An Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness Journal. 

Human trafficking is the world’s second-largest criminal industry. In the wake of natural disasters, the risk to vulnerable populations rises. This article informs preparedness and response professionals on how to better protect their communities and prepare their workforces to identify the signs of human trafficking, understand recruiting methods, consider pre-existing vulnerabilities, and learn other information to mitigate this growing threat.

Narrated by MacGregor Stephenson.

Podcast

Article Out Loud - The Use of mHealth Technology for Pandemic Preparedness

By SARA RUBIN, An Article Out Loud Flashback from the Domestic Preparedness Journal,  October 24, 2012.

By using mHealth technologies, local health departments can improve their efficiency and effectiveness not only in communicating with the public but also in dispensing medical countermeasures during large-scale pandemics. Current initiatives can offer a starting point on how to integrate mobile technology into local preparedness planning efforts.

Narrated by MacGregor Stephenson.

Podcast

Article Out Loud - The Local Imperative for Building and Sustaining National Resilience

By MARKO BOURNE, An Article Out Loud Flashback from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, January 30, 2013.

Joplin High School and Sandy Hook Elementary School both suffered devastating disasters - one natural and one manmade. In both cases, the residents rallied behind their schools and their communities to rebuild and recover. Lesson learned: From unexpected events, unexpected leaders often emerge who are both willing and able to lead their communities back to some form of "normal."

Narrated by MacGregor Stephenson.

Reports

Additional Progress Needed to Improve Information Sharing under the Cybersecurity Act of 2015

This review was conducted to evaluate the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency's (CISA) progress in meeting the Cybersecurity Act’s requirements for 2019 and 2020. They recommend that CISA complete system upgrades, hire needed staff, encourage compliance with information sharing agreements and develop a formal reporting process with quality controls.

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Updates

FEMA Releases First-Ever National Tribal Strategy

FEMA released a national tribal strategy -- the agency’s first-ever -- to better address its responsibilities to federally recognized tribal nations when responding to and preparing for disasters affecting tribal lands.

Reports

2022-2026 FEMA National Tribal Strategy

The National Tribal Strategy provides the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Tribal Nations with the necessary roadmap to pursue and achieve shared priorities to support tribal communities before, during and after disasters. FEMA developed the strategy to address its responsibilities to build, enhance and sustain its relationships with tribal communities.

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Podcast

Article Out Loud - There Was a Pandemic Strategy and Plan

by ROBERT C. HUTCHINSON, An Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness Journal. 

Although it may not have been readily apparent in early 2020, the federal government did have a comprehensive national strategy and implementation plan for a pandemic threat. Despite having these resources and knowledge, the United States was still unprepared to effectively respond to COVID-19. This article points out the preparedness gaps and the urgency to close them before the next major public health threat.

Narrated by Randy Vivian.

Podcast

Article Out Loud - Hospital Response – A Personal Training Experience

by ERIN VALENTINE, An Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness Journal

Effective trainings are ones where the participants remember and later implement what they learned into their daily operations. Not everyone knows how they would respond in a true emergency. However, some trainings provide a more realistic glimpse into disaster scenarios than others. This first-hand account describes what it was like for one participant inside a hospital training facility.

Narrated by MacGregor Stephenson. 

Healthcare

There Was a Pandemic Strategy and Plan

by Robert C. Hutchinson -

Although it may not have been readily apparent in early 2020, the federal government did have a comprehensive national strategy and implementation plan for a pandemic threat. Despite having these resources and knowledge, the United States was still unprepared to effectively respond to COVID-19. This article points out the preparedness gaps and the urgency to close them before the next major public health threat.

Commentary

Hospital Response – A Personal Training Experience

by Erin Valentine -

Effective trainings are ones where the participants remember and later implement what they learned into their daily operations. Not everyone knows how they would respond in a true emergency. However, some trainings provide a more realistic glimpse into disaster scenarios than others. This first-hand account describes what it was like for one participant inside a hospital training facility.

Podcast

Article Out Loud - Improving Healthcare Sector Interoperability

By THOMAS P. RUSSO, An Article Out Loud Flashback from the Domestic Preparedness Journal,  August 08, 2012. 

Having choices opens many opportunities for patients and responders as well as medical staff within the U.S. healthcare system. However, that benefit has led to complications in communications and the sharing of information. Healthcare coalitions are seeking better ways to meet daily operational goals while at the same time expanding the capabilities available to cope with emergency surges and mass-casualty incidents.

Narrated by MacGregor Stephenson. 

Podcast

Article Out Loud - Responding to Unique Operating Environments

By SETH KOMANSKY, An Article Out Loud Flashback from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, August 23, 2017. 

First responders are often deployed to unique operating environments, which include large-scale special events with many participants and spectators: street festivals; road races or marathons; concerts; and sporting events. These environments require leadership to take a forward-thinking posture in the planning process to develop a strategy. It also relies on front-line personnel to execute tactics that vary from day-to-day operations.

Narrated by MacGregor Stephenson.

Updates

HHS Invests Nearly $60 Million to Strengthen Health Care Workforce and Improve Access to Care in Rural Communities

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration, announced investments of nearly $60 million to grow the health workforce and increase access to quality health care in rural communities, including nearly $46 million in funding from President Biden’s American Rescue Plan.

Healthcare

Reduce Burnout & Increase Retention in Emergency Management

by Kesley Richardson -

Emergency management professionals are regularly tasked with high-stress responsibilities, including political pressure, life safety concerns, vulnerable infrastructure, and community vulnerabilities. Three ways to reduce the risk of burnout and increase retention efforts are described in this article: lead with care, invest in psychological support, and look at the schedule.

Healthcare

The Expanding Role of Tactical Medicine

by Ian Pleet -

Mass shootings have spurred agencies to shift from reactive to proactive measures to mitigate threats and their consequences. Tactical medicine plays a significant role in reducing deaths associated with active assailant incidents. This article explains how trained first responders with the correct equipment and the courage to use it can be on the scene, saving lives even before the attacker is subdued.

Podcast

Article Out Loud - Reduce Burnout & Increase Retention in Emergency Management

by KESLEY RICHARDSON, An Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness Journal. 

Emergency management professionals are regularly tasked with high-stress responsibilities, including political pressure, life safety concerns, vulnerable infrastructure, and community vulnerabilities. Three ways to reduce the risk of burnout and increase retention efforts are described in this article: lead with care, invest in psychological support, and look at the schedule.

Narrated by MacGregor Stephenson.

Podcast

Article Out Loud - The Expanding Role of Tactical Medicine

by IAN PLEET, An Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness Journal. 

Mass shootings have spurred agencies to shift from reactive to proactive measures to mitigate threats and their consequences. Tactical medicine plays a significant role in reducing deaths associated with active assailant incidents. This article explains how trained first responders with the correct equipment and the courage to use it can be on the scene, saving lives even before the attacker is subdued.

Narrated by MacGregor Stephenson. 

Podcast

Article Out Loud - Incident Command for Natural Disasters: A Natural Fit

By STEPHEN GRAINER, An Article Out Loud Flashback from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, May 15, 2013. 

The United States already has a national system in place that can help responders "manage" any disaster situation - both natural and manmade. By adapting and modifying the concepts and processes of the Incident Command System, large and small jurisdictions alike can easily incorporate several categories of specialized response teams into complex response efforts.

Narrated by MacGregor Stephenson. 

Podcast

Article Out Loud - Healthcare Reform: Major Effects on Hospital Preparedness

By THEODORE (TED) TULLY, An Article Out Loud Flashback from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, May 02, 2012. 

No matter what the Supreme Court decides on the constitutionality of the healthcare reform act, U.S. hospitals must prepare now for major changes in their planning, everyday operations, and both budgetary and personnel resources. Many of those changes may be costly. Most will be time-consuming and/or difficult to implement. But in the long term, almost all will benefit - the hospitals themselves, their medical staff, and -most important of all - their patients.

Narrated by MacGregor Stephenson. 

Healthcare

Responding Respectfully to People With Disabilities

by James Martin -

Emergency preparedness often involves preparing for a particular type of disaster. However, each disaster can affect people differently depending on their individual physical and mental abilities. This article helps emergency preparedness and response professionals address the needs of individuals with disabilities and access and functional needs and know how to respond respectfully and provide the best possible care.

Healthcare

Wanted: Mental Health Support for Disaster Trauma

by Ruth Baugher Palmer, Mary McNaughton-Cassill & Mary Schoenfeldt -

Disasters are often described in terms of the physical damages they incur. However, the significant impact on mental health, which can have even longer-term consequences, sometimes is not addressed until after the response phase of the disaster is complete. This article explains the importance of immediately and simultaneously addressing both the physical and psychological effects of an event.

Podcast

Article Out Loud - Wanted: Mental Health Support for Disaster Trauma

by RUTH BAUGHER PALMER, MARY MCNAUGHTON-CASSILL & MARY SCHOENFELDT, An Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness Journal.

Disasters are often described in terms of the physical damages they incur. However, the significant impact on mental health, which can have even longer-term consequences, sometimes is not addressed until after the response phase of the disaster is complete. This article explains the importance of immediately and simultaneously addressing both the physical and psychological effects of an event. 

Narrated by MacGregor Stephenson. 

Podcast

Article Out Loud - Responding Respectfully to People With Disabilities

by  JAMES MARTIN, An Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness Journal

Emergency preparedness often involves preparing for a particular type of disaster. However, each disaster can affect people differently depending on their individual physical and mental abilities. This article helps emergency preparedness and response professionals address the needs of individuals with disabilities and access and functional needs and know how to respond respectfully and provide the best possible care. 

Narrated by MacGregor Stephenson.

Podcast

Article Out Loud - The Continuity Gap

By VINCENT B. DAVIS, An Article Out Loud Flashback from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, February 24, 2016. 

This 2016 article describes a continuity gap that still exists today in many corporations. Corporate confusion could spell disastrous response in a crisis. To dispel such confusion, companies should have an emergency manager on staff, ensure that employees are well prepared, and recognize that managing daily business operations is not the same as managing response and recovery operation after a disaster.

Narrated by Randy Vivian. 

Podcast

Article Out Loud - Special Facilities - More Than Just Shelters

By JOSEPH CAHILL, An Article Out Loud Flashback from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, July 16, 2014.

Emergency managers are tasked with creating disaster plans to protect the people within their jurisdictions. With numerous possible scenarios, any disaster may require the establishment of special facilities to provide sheltering, vaccinations, and other emergency services to the public. A comprehensive plan coupled with quick decision-making skills will help ensure that the proper facilities and services are available. This 2014 article describes some of these specific services.

Narrated by Randy Vivian. 

Updates

Biden-Harris Administration Announces over $1 Billion in Project Selections to Make Communities More Resilient to Climate Change and Extreme Weather Events

Vice President Kamala Harris, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas, and FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell announced the selections for $1.16 billion in climate resilience funding through two competitive grant programs to help communities across the nation enhance climate and disaster resiliency.