october 2022

Resilience

A Communicator’s Overview of a Large-Scale Exercise

by Michael Montfort -

A June 2022 exercise challenged amateur radio operators with establishing a Communications Unit with no power or pre-positioned equipment. The exercise was successful, but the key takeaways are already helping to improve collaboration and communications throughout the region.

Commentary

Rationale for Structuring Pandemic Response on a War Footing

by Thomas Russo -

Given 20 years of pandemic planning, is it not surprising when people ask, “Why were we not ready?” This question should be explored whether the time has come to put the country on a warlike footing for pandemic response with a coherent, institutionalized, and tested pandemic policy.

Podcast

Article Out Loud - Rationale for Structuring Pandemic Response on a War Footing

by THOMAS RUSSO, An Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness Journal.

Given 20 years of pandemic planning, is it not surprising when people ask, “Why were we not ready?” This question should be explored whether the time has come to put the country on a warlike footing for pandemic response with a coherent, institutionalized, and tested pandemic policy.

Narrated by MacGregor Stephenson.

Podcast

Article Out Loud - A Communicator’s Overview of a Large-Scale Exercise

by MICHAEL MONTFORT, An Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness Journal.

A June 2022 exercise challenged amateur radio operators with establishing a Communications Unit with no power or pre-positioned equipment. The exercise was successful, but the key takeaways are already helping to improve collaboration and communications throughout the region.

Narrated by MacGregor Stephenson. 

Commentary

Listen to the Warnings, Plan for Threats

by Catherine L. Feinman -

Emergency preparedness professionals continually strive to protect the lives and health of those within their communities. This October edition of the Domestic Preparedness Journal describes how some professionals are doing that.

Updates

TSA Issues New Cybersecurity Requirements for Passenger and Freight Railroad Carriers

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced a new cybersecurity security directive regulating designated passenger and freight railroad carriers. The announcement demonstrates the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to strengthening U.S. critical infrastructure cybersecurity. Building on the TSA’s work to bolster defenses in other transportation modes, this security directive will further enhance cybersecurity preparedness and resilience for the nation’s railroad operations.

Healthcare

Monkeypox: A Public Health Update

by Mabel De Leo & Deborah Sateler -

The current monkeypox outbreak is different from historical outbreaks that remained endemic and rarely became international events. Now the situation is changing daily. This article explains what precautions are needed to prevent the spread and how new approaches should be implemented to tackle it.

Resilience

Earthquakes & Pandemic – Keeping People Fed Amid Crises

by Zsofia Pasztor & Szabolcs Pasztor -

Even though food is necessary for survival, it is not common to see agricultural workers at a disaster training exercise. However, one organization demonstrates why training these volunteers with emergency preparedness and response skills is essential for future large-scale disasters.

Podcast

Article Out Loud - Earthquakes & Pandemic – Keeping People Fed Amid Crises

by ZSOFIA PASZTOR & SZABOLCS PASZTOR, An Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness Journal.

Even though food is necessary for survival, it is not common to see agricultural workers at a disaster training exercise. However, one organization demonstrates why training these volunteers with emergency preparedness and response skills is essential for future large-scale disasters.  

Narrated by MacGregor Stephenson. 

Podcast

Article Out Loud - Monkeypox: A Public Health Update

by MABEL DE LEO & DEBORAH SATELER, An Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness Journal.

The current monkeypox outbreak is different from historical outbreaks that remained endemic and rarely became international events. Now the situation is changing daily. This article explains what precautions are needed to prevent the spread and how new approaches should be implemented to tackle it. 

Narrated by Randy Vivian

Podcast

Article Out Loud - Emergency Management - Measurements of Success

By MITCH SARUWATARI, An Article Out Loud Flashback from the Domestic Preparedness Journal,  December 21, 2011.

Preparedness efforts are continually improving. However, as expressed in this 2011 article, the challenge of establishing verifiable standards, quantifying improvements, and identifying readiness gaps is ongoing.

Narrated by Randy Vivian. 

Podcast

Article Out Loud - The Politics of Presidential Disaster Declarations

By KAY C. GOSS, An Article Out Loud Flashback from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, September 09, 2015.

This 2015 article will help preparedness professionals better understand the presidential disaster declaration process and how to access supplemental disaster relief funds following a hurricane or other disaster.

Narrated by Randy Vivian. 

Preparedness

Looking Back to Look Ahead to Protect the Food Supply

by Benjamin Lieb & Jason Bashura -

History reveals patterns that preparedness professionals can use to better protect communities from agroterrorism and supply chain threats. One historical study has been updated to reflect cases of intentional food contamination events around the world. Learn more about this research and how to protect the food supply.

Preparedness

Taking Flight – Creating a Robust Aviation Response, Part 2

by James Origliosso & Sky Terry -

Volunteer general aviation pilots have assisted their communities during emergencies and disasters for many years. This is the second of a two-part article on their disaster preparedness efforts in the Pacific Northwest. In this part, they participate in two separate yet coordinated functional earthquake and tsunami disaster exercises.

Podcast

Article Out Loud - Looking Back to Look Ahead to Protect the Food Supply

by BENJAMIN LIEB & JASON BASHURA, An Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness Journal.

History reveals patterns that preparedness professionals can use to better protect communities from agroterrorism and supply chain threats. One historical study has been updated to reflect cases of intentional food contamination events around the world. Learn more about this research and how to protect the food supply.

Narrated by MacGregor Stephenson. 

Podcast

Article Out Loud - Taking Flight – Creating a Robust Aviation Response, Part 2

by  JAMES ORIGLIOSSO & SKY TERRY, An Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness Journal.

Volunteer general aviation pilots have assisted their communities during emergencies and disasters for many years. This is the second of a two-part article on their disaster preparedness efforts in the Pacific Northwest. In this part, they participate in two separate yet coordinated functional earthquake and tsunami disaster exercises.

Narrated by MacGregor Stephenson. 

Podcast

Article Out Loud - Hospital Decontamination - High Costs & Limited Benefits

By CRAIG DEATLEY, An Article Out Loud Flashback from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, August 07, 2013.

Monkeypox is the latest virus that raises contamination and decontamination questions. This 2013 article explains how each decision made will affect a hospital's total cost and benefits.

Narrated by Randy Vivian. 

Resilience

Lessons From Leading Virtual Operations

by Jennifer Pearsall -

Over the past two and a half years, most emergency preparedness professionals experienced some level of virtual work, even at emergency operations centers (EOC). And it appears that some aspects of working virtually is here to stay – including during a response. This article describes some lessons learned from one emergency manager tasked with running a virtual EOC.

Resilience

Chemical Sector Perspectives

by Patrick Coyle -

The Chemical Sector is one of 16 sectors identified as critical infrastructure under the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency. Domestic Preparedness invited one subject matter expert to answer important questions about this sector and how the sector and its interdependencies can affect any community.

Podcast

Article Out Loud - Chemical Sector Perspectives

by PATRICK COYLE, An Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness Journal.

The Chemical Sector is one of 16 sectors identified as critical infrastructure under the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency. Domestic Preparedness invited one subject matter expert to answer important questions about this sector and how the sector and its interdependencies can affect any community.

Narrated by MacGregor Stephenson.

Podcast

Article Out Loud - Lessons From Leading Virtual Operations

by JENNIFER PEARSALL, An Article Out Loud by the Domestic Preparedness Journal. 

Over the past two and a half years, most emergency preparedness professionals experienced some level of virtual work, even at emergency operations centers (EOC). And it appears that some aspects of working virtually is here to stay – including during a response. This article describes some lessons learned from one emergency manager tasked with running a virtual EOC.

Narrated by MacGregor Stephenson.

Podcast

Article Out Loud - Everyone Must Go: The Anatomy of an Evacuation

By JOSEPH CAHILL, An Article Out Loud Flashback from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, March 25, 2009.

This 2009 article discusses the lessons learned after Hurricane Katrina. Following the evacuation of many Floridians prior to Hurricane Ian, many new lessons will likely be learned.

Narrated by Randy Vivian. 

Podcast

Article Out Loud - A New Standard of Care for Crisis Incidents

By RAPHAEL M. BARISHANSKY, An Article Out Loud Flashback from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, May 02, 2012.

Hospitals in Florida continued to care for their patients as Hurricane Ian battered their state. This 2012 article describes the type of interagency cooperation and standard of care needed during this crisis.

Narrated by Randy Vivian. 

Updates

With New American Rescue Plan Funding, HHS Expands and Strengthens the Community and Public Health Workforce

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration, awarded more than $266 million in American Rescue Plan funding to grow the community and public health workforce.