Reports

Acceptable Loss in a Pandemic

For decades, DomPrep has been a primary source for valuable and essential information for both policy makers and practitioners for the topic of pandemics and the myriad of related subjects in emergency preparedness, public health, medical services, homeland security, and many other inter-related fields. The potential threat and consequences of a severe pandemic were not new for DomPrep readers as demonstrated in the hundreds of online articles.

Unfortunately, much of the nation was not as focused on this possible threat due to limited resources, competing priorities, wishful thinking, or willful blindness. That is a harsh statement, but so are the consequences that we are living through today – from a lack of robust and sustained pandemic planning, preparedness, and understanding on many levels.

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COVID-19 Pandemic Operational Guidance for the 2020 Hurricane Season

In preparing for the 2020 hurricane season, this document provides actionable guidance to state, local, tribal, and territorial officials to prepare for response and recovery operations and encourages personal preparedness measures amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. While this document focuses on hurricane season preparedness, most planning considerations can also be applied to any disaster operation in the COVID-19 environment, including no-notice incidents, spring flooding and wildfire seasons, and typhoon response. 

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Insider Threat Roadmap 2020

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) released its framework to thwart insider threats in the transportation sector. The TSA Insider Threat Roadmap will streamline processes, identify requirements and capabilities, and leverage partnerships to proactively detect, deter, and mitigate risks associated with insider threats.

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COVID-19 and the State of K–12 Schools

This report provides information about the sample, survey instrument, and resultant data for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) surveys that were administered to principals and teachers via RAND's American Educator Panels (AEP) in spring 2020. The AEP COVID-19 surveys focused on how teachers and school leaders navigated the challenging circumstances brought about by COVID-19, including managing school closures and implementing distance learning.

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Dual Disaster Handbook

The American Flood Coalition created the Dual Disaster Handbook to help community leaders coordinate a proactive response to flooding during COVID-19. Drawing on case studies and best practices from emergency management professionals, the handbook presents six actionable recommendations for local leaders responding to a flood during COVID-19.

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How States Pay for Natural Disasters in an Era of Rising Costs

This report outlines the role states play in paying for disasters and key findings about the approaches they take to budgeting for natural catastrophes. The intent is to help all levels of government be ready to meet immediate needs, cover the costs of long-term recovery efforts, and invest in preparedness and mitigation activities.

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Public Health Principles for a Phased Reopening During COVID-19: Guidance for Governors

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to progress, most jurisdictions have implemented physical distancing measures to reduce further transmission, which have contributed to reductions in numbers of new cases. This report considers transmission risks and proposed measures for phased reopenings by decision makers at the state level.

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Disaster Financial Management Guide

This guide identifies the capabilities and activities necessary to prepare and successfully implement disaster financial management while maintaining fiscal responsibility throughout response and recovery operations. The principles, concepts, and resources contained in the guide can support jurisdictions in identifying the resources needed to support their community, increase the efficiency of recovery efforts, and reduce the likelihood of audits and financial penalties for the jurisdiction.

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Emergency and Disaster Management Case Study – Standing Panel on Intergovernmental Systems, March 2020

The National Academy of Public Administration Standing Panel on Intergovernmental Systems developed a case study assessing the system specific to emergency response in the United States. The case research investigates how government emergency management strategies and disaster preparation and mitigation efforts have evolved over time in this country, to highlight steps backward and forward.

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Small Groups, Big Weapons: The Nexus of Emerging Technologies and Weapons of Mass Destruction Terrorism

This report surveys three emerging technologies – synthetic biology, additive manufacturing (commonly known as 3D printing), and unmanned aerial systems – and examines the nexus of each with nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons agent proliferation. It examines how non-state actors might use these emerging technologies to overcome traditional barriers against the development and employment of weapons of mass destruction (WMD).

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