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Emergency Management

- ♦The Department of Justice offers a range of documents aimed at helping facility operators ensure compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. ♦ FEMA has issued guidance for making all emergency shelters accessible to special needs populations (.pdf), including the elderly and the disabled. ♦ The City of San Jose, California has developed its own guide for sheltering vulnerable populations (.pdf).

Emergency Operations

- FEMA recently updated its comprehensive preparedness guide (.pdf) for developing and maintaining emergency operations plans.

Urban Area Perspective – San Francisco

- Security Management interviews Rob Dudgeon, deputy director of the San Francisco Department of Emergency Management.   ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Hell on Wheels

- Organizations must make sure that special needs groups aren't left behind in a disaster.

Experts Worry More About Aging Infrastructure Than Nuclear Plants if "Big One" Occurs in Heartland

- Fifteen nuclear power plants lie in the Midwest's earthquake-prone area known as the New Madrid Seismic Zone, but experts say the area's residents should worry more about aging infrastructure than the safety of those plants.

Are Nuclear Evacuation Plans a Fantasy? Asks NYT Columnist

- New York Times Columnist Peter C. Applebome wonders if we're all just kidding ourselves about evacuation plans if Japan's nuclear crisis occurred here in the United States.

The Importance of Culture During a Disaster

- A CNN reporter notes how Japanese societal norms have benefited disaster response efforts in the aftermath of the massive earthquake and tsunami.

Prior Near-Misses Make People Overconfident in Emergency Situations

- An article in the latest issue of Risk Analysis finds that people who have knowledge of near-miss experiences associated with dangerous events perceive risk differently from those with no knowledge of near-misses.

Supply-Side Planning

- Business continuity planning is a way for businesses to ensure that their critical operations will continue in the event of a disaster or a major disruption. But a good plan has to go beyond the company's internal operations and address the source of supplies and services, which means involving vendors in the planning process.

Agencies Must Adapt to How People Use Information: FEMA Official

- The best way to provide information is to adapt to the way citizens are using data, said FEMA administrator W. Craig Fugate at a conference yesterday.

Social Media's Humanitarian Side

- Open-source social media, like Twitter, can provide an invaluable resource for maximizing real-time situational awareness for first responders.

Social Media

- The American Red Cross is facilitating a dialogue on the use of Web 2.0 social media in emergency management, issuing white papers on the business case and the way forward.

Crisis Mapping

- Colorado-based digital marketing firm Orange Insights analyzed social-media use and volunteer crisis mapping during last year’s Fourmile Canyon wildfire in Boulder.

Beyond Print

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See all the latest links and resources that supplement the current issue of Security Management magazine.