NEWS & ANALYSIS

New Orleans Survives Hurricane Gustav; Evacuation Praised

Hurricane Gustav weakened to a Category 2 hurricane before it made landfall 70 miles southwest of New Orleans, reducing the damage to Southern Louisiana and offshore oil refineries in the Gulf.

Managing Flood Risk a Shared Responsibility, Army Official Says

The federal government is not the only player in protecting the country from flooding, an Army official told a congressional hearing today.

Customer Service During a Crisis: Apologize and Move On

Why calling the lawyers is not the best way to deal with angry customers, regulators, and the media, says a crisis communications consultant at this year's World Conference on Disaster Management in Toronto.

Emergency Managers: Annual Hurricane Season Predictions are Bunk

Emergency managers take annual hurricane season predictions with a grain of salt; forecasters say they never claimed to have a crystal ball.

American People and Local Police Key to Homeland Security and Resilience

Experts criticized the federal government at a hearing for not sharing enough information and intelligence on the terrorist threat with the American people as well as state and local law enforcement.

Has DHS Abandoned Resilience?

A subcommittee of the House Homeland Security Committee wants to know.

U.S. Must be More Resilient to Disasters and Terrorism, Experts Explain

Private and public experts briefed Congress on the importance of critical infrastructure resilience and how the country should improve its ability to recover quickly from large-scale disruptions.

I-35W Bridge Collapse Report Issued by U.S. Fire Administration

The U.S. Fire Administration reports that emergency response efforts at the time of the I35W Bridge collapse in Minneapolis, Minnesota, August 1, 2007, were generally good. It discusses issues where lessons can be learned.

Senate Studies Nuke Attack Response

Expert witnesses outlined the tremendous difficulty of disaster response amid the terror and chaos of a successful nuclear attack against the United States.

Legislation Seeks DHS Grants for Schools

Representative Bob Etheridge (D-NC) has drafted legislation that explicitly states schools are eligible for homeland security block grants.
 




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