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Surprise: No-Notice Emergency Drills Can Expose Companies to Liability

- Surprise emergency drills may seem like the best way to gauge employee readiness, but they may also lead to liability, explains SM Associate Editor Laura Spadanuta in this month's podcast.

How to Prepare for Drills

- Surprise emergency drills may seem like the best way to gauge employee readiness, but they may also lead to liability.

MANET Makes an Impression

- Mobile ad hoc networks allow first responders to communicate in harsh environments at a reasonable cost.

WHO Declares H1N1 Pandemic Over And Faces Criticism

- This week the World Health Organization declared the H1N1 “swine” flu pandemic over, renewing calls that the organization should change the criteria for its six-level pandemic scale or risk increased ambivalence toward public health threats.

Russian Wildfires Show Need for Good Information in a Disaster

- A Russian journalist says the massive wildfires currently consuming much of Russia's European forests have exposed a critical vulnerability in the country's disaster preparedness: the society's utter lack of trustworthy news and information.

DHS Needs to Take Threat of EMP Attack Seriously, Physicist Warns

- The Department of Homeland Security has not taken seriously the threat that a high-altitude detonation of a nuclear weapon could fry the nation's power grid, a physicist told lawmakers yesterday.

Urban Area Perspective - Cleveland

- Security Management interviews Norberto Colón, the assistant director of public safety for the City of Cleveland.

U.S. Congressional Legislation: Disaster Management

- A bill (S. 3249) that would renew a grant program designed to help state and local governments prepare for disasters has been approved by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. To proceed, the measure must now be taken up by the full Senate.

Biosurveillance Stays Stovepiped

- The government’s ability to pinpoint biological threats is still hampered by a lack of information sharing.

Security Manager's Guide to Disasters: Managing Through Emergencies, Violence, and Other Workplace Threats

- A costly overview of security-manager best practices in a book that doesn't bother to give the author's biography or professional credentials.

Disaster Recovery

- Can rebuilding after a disaster present an opportunity for rebirth?

Communicating Emergency Preparedness: Strategies for Creating a Disaster Resilient Public

- A solid read that teaches security professionals how to communicate the appropriate message during an emergency.

Managing the Risk of Catastrophic Weather

- At War with the Weather represents a tour de force in the analysis of how natural disasters—specifically hurricanes—are mitigated, insured against, and recovered from in the United States.
 




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