NEWS & ANALYSIS

NWS Reports Reasons for Super Tuesday Tornado Death Toll

Misperceptions, a false sense of security, and nowhere safe to shelter helped create the deadliest tornado event since the mid-1980s, according to a report from the National Weather Service (NWS).

Secretary of Homeland Security Calls for Assessment of First Responder Health Surge Capability

Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano has issued an action directive to assess the current state of medical readiness, including local first responder capabilities, hospital bed capacity, and the ability to surge existing capacity in an emergency, as well as any gaps and current efforts to address them.

An Inauguration Like No Other

The Washington, DC, area's law enforcement is bracing for an expanded inauguration day like no other, reports The Washington Post. Because of the historic nature of the event, security officials have to prepare for a long weekend rather than just President-elect Barack Obama's parade and swearing-in ceremony on January 20.

Maps Show Areas Where People Most Prone to Death by Natural Disaster

New maps created by two academics may help emergency management policymakers and local emergency responders reduce fatalities from natural disasters or at least plan accordingly.

Washington, DC, Prepares for Inauguration Day

Federal and state officials tasked with protecting President-elect Barack Obama's Inauguration Day celebrations broadly outlined their security strategy today as the nation's capital prepares for an unprecedented mass gathering.

Houston First Responders to Go Interoperable

Houston should soon award a $107 million contract with Motorola to provide the city's first responders with an interoperable radio system for emergency response.

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.
 




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