A Practical Approach to Achieving Resilience

The term “resilience” is often used but not always understood. By implementing the practices of business continuity, risk analysis and management, engineered systems, and supply chain management using whole of community efforts, the public and private sectors can find a common language and work toward achieving true resilience.

Biodefense: Eliminating the Threat

“Success” in the interdiction and prevention modes of biodefense depends primarily on the assets and efforts of the intelligence and military communities, but in the response/recovery and deterrence modes rests largely in the domain of the emergency management community. Effective performance in all modes ultimately can lead not only to response and recovery but also to deterrence.

Designing a National Infectious-Agent Detection System

Hospitals and other medical facilities are rapidly evolving into a true national healthcare system that can more effectively meet the 21st-century threats posed by terrorist acts and infectious diseases. Fortunately, systems and technological capabilities needed to cope with such threats, particularly those involving infectious agents, is already available.

Smallpox - Still a Viable Bioterrorist Threat

Article Out Loud The 9/11 terrorist attacks against the United States and, shortly thereafter, the mailing of anthrax spores to several news agencies and the offices of two U.S. Senators

Biodefense - Protecting Public Health

As the threat of a biological attack against the United States increases, the nation’s public health sector faces many hurdles, including funding cuts and difficulties in integrating the plans and policies of various levels of government – and with the private sector. Since the 9/11 attacks, greater focus has been placed on both biodefense and biosurveillance, but much more is needed.

Early Warning: The Front Line of Biodefense

During and after a known or suspected biological attack, most events initially play out in local hospitals where the first symptoms caused by a toxic agent are recognized. Raising awareness among medical staff and expanding current training programs will help healthcare providers respond to a possible biological event both more quickly and more effectively.

FINAL REPORT: Building Resilient Regions for a Secure and Resilient Nation

Resilience is about mobilizing human potential, especially at the individual citizen and local government level. Through surveys and discussions, key professional decision makers from local, state, and federal governments, non-governmental organizations, and private-sector partners have provided both qualitative and quantitative feedback for building resilient regions. DomPrep has compiled that feedback into a report that lays out a tactical plan for sustaining a resilient nation.

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 capabilities and training in order to apply those skills in extreme situations.

Not All Components Are Equal, But All Are Essential

Implementation of the guidelines undergirding new national anti-terrorism policies will be a major challenge for state & local health departments. But the end result will be a better coordinated and much more effective national healthcare community.

Planning Needs for Staff Medication Dispensing

Three modes of operation, two of which might strain the trained EMS personnel resources immediately available but would not overwhelm them. Preparing for the third mode, a sudden mass-casualty scenario, must be done carefully and thoughtfully.
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