Incident Management Teams: A Blueprint for Success

by William MacKay -

The day of the stand-alone first-responder agency is over. When a major disaster occurs what is now needed is a multi-talented, well coordinated team of professionals representing a broad range of disciplines & trained to work together against all hazards

Situational Awareness the Key: Deterring Pirate Attacks Against Merchant Ships

by Corey Ramslen -

Situational awareness, on the part of the ships' crews, is the key. New and better equipment also is needed, plus the involvement of armed naval vessels, and possibly some changes in international law.

Changes and Clarifications - NIMS Upgrade Released

by Stephen Grainer -

The first National Incident Management System document was among the most important papers of the Bush presidency; the revised document should help future presidents carry out their most important duty: defending the U.S. homeland.

The Mumbai Attacks - Lessons for the Western World

by Joseph Trindal -

The terrorist attacks on tourist hotels and entertainment venues shocked the world - and demonstrated organizational capabilities far greater than those of the local and national units that responded heroically, but also ineffectively.

The Human Dimension: Identifying and Treating Disaster-Related Stress

by Kay C. Goss -

Fighting fires, floods, and other disasters is a full workload for first responders throughout the country. What their leaders sometimes forget, though, is that responders themselves need protection - both on the job and for weeks and months thereafter.

DHS STEPs Forward to Identify NIMS Technology

by Rodrigo Moscoso -

FEMA and the nation's public-safety and emergency-management communities are working in close cooperation to develop, evaluate, & produce the broad spectrum of new equipment needed to cope with mass-casualty disasters of all types.

Emergency Operations Centers: The Heartbeat of Disaster Management

by Kay C. Goss -

The planning, building, and staffing of well designed emergency operations centers have given many U.S. communities a powerful new multi-purpose tool to use in coping with natural and manmade disasters of all types.

Offshore Facilities: Growing Vulnerabilities in the Maritime Environment

by Christopher Doane & Joseph DiRenzo III -

The U.S. Coast Guard - overworked and under-resourced - faces new challenges as new offshore responsibilities are assigned. The Deepwater program will help, but not enough.

NIMS Preparedness and Resource Management

by Stephen Grainer -

The rules and regulations related to implementation of the National Incident Management System are many and varied. They also are constantly changing - but almost always for the better.

IEDs and the First Responder

by Glen Rudner -

Despite numerous improvements in homeland security since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, few if any U.S. communities are prepared to cope with what may be the most challenging threat of all: the use of IEDs to create large-scale havoc in a low-cost way.