Reports

MCMi Program Update – FY 2018

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) plays a critical role in protecting the U.S. from chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear (CBRN), and emerging infectious disease threats such as pandemic influenza and Zika virus. FDA is responsible for reviewing the safety and effectiveness of medical countermeasures (MCMs)—including drugs, therapeutic biologics, vaccines, and devices, such as diagnostic tests—to counter these threats. This is the FDA’s fiscal year 2018 report detailing its MCM activities. 

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Emerging Health and Safety Issues Among Women in the Fire Service

The U.S. Fire Administration convened a symposium in 1994 to identify health and safety issues among women in the fire service and create recommendations for action. This report discusses recommendations from the 1994 symposium that continue to relate to health and safety issues among women fire fighters today. 

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Harnessing Multilateral Financing for Health Security Preparedness

The economic consequences of large-scale disease outbreaks can be enormous. Upgrading countries’ preparedness is relatively inexpensive and affordable. The financing gap for preparedness is one of the starkest problems in health security, especially among low-income and lower-middle-income countries. The World Bank Group’s International Development Association 2019 replenishment presents a choice opportunity to make adjustments that reflect important emerging priorities. 

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Fire as a Weapon: Security Awareness for Soft Targets and Crowded Places

The use of fire as a weapon is consistently reflected in terrorist propaganda. The use of fire does not require sophisticated planning or capability by an attacker, which makes this an attractive method to cause harm to people and property. The use of fire as a weapon is unpredictable and may have few observable indicators. However, careful attention to warning signs could aid in mitigating a potential incident.

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Building and Measuring Community Resilience: Actions for Communities and the Gulf Research Program

“Building and Measuring Community Resilience: Actions for Communities and the Gulf Research Program” summarizes the existing portfolio of relevant or related resilience measurement efforts and notes gaps and challenges associated with them. It describes how some communities build and measure resilience and offers four key actions that communities could take to build and measure their resilience in order to address gaps identified in current community resilience measurement efforts. 

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Evacuating, Treating, and Tracking People on Dialysis: Lessons Learned From the 2017 Hurricane Season

The 2017 hurricane season devastated many areas of the nation, several repeatedly. After Hurricane Irma struck the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI), many patients were evacuated to Puerto Rico (PR) to ensure continuity of care. Once Hurricane Maria ravaged PR, however, many USVI residents were evacuated a second time, including renal dialysis patients. This document discusses evacuation from a federal patient movement perspective.

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The Long Arm: How U.S. Law Enforcement Expanded Its Extraterritorial Reach to Counter WMD Proliferation Networks

This report considers the extraterritorial efforts of U.S. law enforcement in counterproliferation-related activities and their implications. The following topics are discussed: how the United States contends with violations of its trade controls of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) in overseas jurisdictions; the implications for broader U.S. and international nonproliferation efforts; and wider international security and economic concerns.

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Critical Infrastructure Protection: Progress and Challenges in DHS’s Management of Its Chemical Facility Security Program

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has made progress addressing challenges that the U.S. Government Accountability Office previously identified to managing the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards program. This report summarizes progress made and challenges remaining in key aspects of the program. 

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Modernizing the Nation’s Public Alert and Warning System

In October 2018, the FEMA National Advisory Council Integrated Public Alert and Warning System Subcommittee provided the National Advisory Council (NAC) with a report for an integrated public alert and warning system. The NAC considered and voted on 17 recommendations in a session held during its public meeting on 7 November 2018. This report contains the 14 recommendations that the NAC approved.

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The Storm After the Storm: Disaster, Displacement and Disability Following Hurricane Florence

This report from Disability Rights North Carolina provides a snapshot of the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Florence and the status of people with disabilities. Although North Carolina has made significant strides in addressing issues affecting people with disabilities since Hurricane Matthew in 2016, it is clear that federal, state, and local emergency management officials must do more ensure the well-being of people with disabilities during natural disasters.

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