Reports

A Decision Makers Guide: Medical Planning and Response for a Nuclear Detonation

This manual assists preparedness efforts and decision making by providing readily accessible information that quickly describes critical scientific and medical aspects of a nuclear incident as well as the response organization and resources anticipated to be required or available during a response. 

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Risk Management Practices in the Fire Service

This report contains recommended approaches to help fire service manage organizational, operational and community risk. Specific challenges involved in incorporating a “risk management approach” into the delivery of fire department services are addressed.

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Emergency Management Performance Grants (EMPG): Providing Return on a Nation’s Investment

The International Association of Emergency Managers and the National Emergency Management Association’s joint report details the return on investment realized by the Emergency Management Performance Grants (EMPG) program, which is the only source of federal funding provided directly to state and local governments for all the functions that help to build a robust emergency management system.

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A Framework for Healthcare Disaster Resilience: A View to the Future

According to a new report by the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, the health sector in the United States would be far better positioned to manage medical care needs during emergencies of any scale by empowering existing healthcare coalitions to connect community resilience efforts with a network of hospitals equipped to handle disasters.

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2018 Worldwide Threat Assessment of the U.S. Intelligence Community

In his statement to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Daniel R. Coats, director of national intelligence, offers his assessment of threats to U.S. national security. Some key threats discussed include cyberthreats, emerging and disruptive technologies, weapons of mass destruction, and regional threats.

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Budgeting for Medical Countermeasures: An Ongoing Need for Preparedness

This white paper summarizes the progress to date in procuring medical countermeasures and prior congressional funding mechanisms for Project BioShield. It also discusses ways to optimize funding for medical countermeasures so the existing public-private partnership can continue to thrive – namely, by restoring the program’s original multiyear funding structure. 

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Summary of the 2018 National Defense Strategy of The United States of America

The new National Defense Strategy seeks to implement the pillars of the National Security Strategy: peace through strength, the affirmation of America’s international role, the U.S. alliance and partnership structure and the necessity to build military advantage to maintain key regional balances of power. 

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2017-2018 Public Health Emergency Medical Countermeasures Enterprise (PHEMCE) Strategy and Implementation Plan

The 2017-2018 PHEMCE Strategy and Implementation Plan reflects the Department of Health and Human Service’s continued commitment, in collaboration with its interagency PHEMCE partners, to provide the nation with a nimble, flexible capacity to rapidly produce and effectively use medical countermeasures in the face of any attack or novel threat.  

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FCC Fact Sheet: Wireless Emergency Alerts

The FCC announced a proposal to improve wireless emergency alerts. This proposal includes making geographical targeting more precise, so alerts can be used more effectively in local emergencies and disasters. Details of the FCC proposal are provided in the 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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