Reports

FCC Fact Sheet: Wireless Emergency Alerts

The FCC announces proposal to improve wireless emergency alerts, including making geographical targeting more precise so alerts can be used more effectively in local emergencies and disasters. Details of the FCC proposal provided in fact sheet.

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Communicating Risk in Public Health Emergencies

The recommendations in this World Health Organization (WHO) report provide overarching, evidence-based guidance on how risk communication should be practiced in an emergency. These guidelines were developed for policy- and decision-makers responsible for managing emergencies, particularly the public health aspects of emergencies, and practitioners responsible for risk communication before, during, and after health emergencies.

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Tips for Survivors of a Disaster or Other Traumatic Event: Coping With Retraumatization

Over the past several months, many communities have experienced multiple disasters ranging from hurricanes to mass shootings to wildfires. Survivors who have lived through multiple disasters may experience the effects of retraumatization. This tip sheet helps disaster survivors cope with their emotions and get through this challenge.

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Ready or Not? Protecting the Public’s Health from Diseases, Disasters and Bioterrorism

Ready or Not? examines the nation’s ability to respond to public health emergencies, tracks progress and vulnerabilities, and includes a review of state and federal public health preparedness policies. The report also provides a series of recommendations that address many of the major gaps in emergency health preparedness.

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Fire in the United States (2006-2015)

“Fire in the United States,” is a statistical overview of fires in the U.S., covering the period from 2006 to 2015, with a primary focus on 2015. This report provides the fire service and others with information that motivates corrective action, sets priorities, targets specific fire programs, serves as a model for state and local analyses of fire data, and provides a baseline for evaluating programs. 

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National Security Strategy of the United States of America – December 2017

This National Security Strategy lays out a strategic vision for protecting the American people and preserving their way of life, promoting their prosperity, preserving peace through strength, and advancing American influence in the world. 

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Homeland Security: DHS's Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Program Consolidation Efforts

In 2013, Congress directed the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to review its weapons of mass destruction programs, including the consolidation of chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and high-yield explosive mission functions. The Government Accountability Office reviewed DHS consolidation planning documents, interviewed relevant officials, and obtained selected updated information on DHS planning efforts.

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Outbreak Response and Incident Management: SHEA Guidance and Resources for Healthcare Epidemiologists in United States Acute-Care Hospitals

This expert guidance document was developed as a resource to provide healthcare epidemiologists working in acute-care hospitals with a high-level overview of incident management for infectious disease outbreaks and to prepare them to work within an emergency response framework.

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Natural Disasters of 2017: Congressional Considerations Related to FEMA Assistance

This insight provides a short overview of issues Congress may consider in its oversight of the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) federal assistance during the 2017 hurricane season (e.g., Harvey, Irma, and Maria) and other disasters (e.g., fires in California).

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Mass Violence and Behavioral Health

This report focuses on how mass violence affects the behavioral health of adult and young (child and adolescent) survivors or witnesses of a mass violence incident. Public health, behavioral health, and emergency management professionals can use information provided to improve their disaster behavioral health preparedness plans.

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