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The Question of a Heartland Quake

- While rare, earthquakes in the Midwest pose a greater danger than earthquakes in the West because of soil types and building codes.

Crisis Communications: A Casebook Approach, 3rd Edition

- There are few times in life when proper communication is more critical to an organization than during a crisis. Crisis Communications explains how crisis survival is possible through exhaustive planning, training, rehearsal, and hard work.

Earthquake Shakes Northeast Nevada

- The earthquake measured 6.3 on the Richter Scale and hit close to the Nevada-Utah border near the sparsely populated town of Wells, Nevada.

US Will Shoot Down Spy Satellite

- A U.S. Navy cruiser will attempt to shoot down a U.S. spy satellite as it falls to Earth in the coming weeks.

Disaster: Hurricane Katrina and the Failure of Homeland Security

- The authors explore the unusual division of responsibilities for maintaining New Orleans’ levees, finding that the approach contributed to the lack of adequate levee protection for the city.

State Perspective - Mississippi

- Interview with Mike Womack, executive director of the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency.

Financial Industry Ready for Pandemic Flu

- A new public-private report says the financial industry would remain operational during a severe global pandemic flu, even as absenteeism reached 49 percent.

Disaster Response Plan Gets Praise

- The final version of the Department of Homeland Security's National Response Plan addresses state concerns with an earlier draft, says the Washington Post.

DHS, HHS Pandemic Plan Flawed, Say Researchers

- Researchers at the University of Minnesota say government plans for allocating vaccines during a pandemic ignore workers integral to maintaining the global supply chain in vital goods and services.

The Value of Exercises

- Scenario-driven exercises continue to prove their worth as a way to test plans internally and among organizations that will have to coordinate their actions in a crisis.

State Homeland Security Advisors Unhappy with Federal Government

- A new report from the National Governors Association shows deep dissatisfaction with the federal government among state homeland security officials .

Strategies for Coordinating Disaster Responses

- Security professionals involved in disaster planning or response should recognize the name Thomas Drabek. For decades, he has been among the preeminent scholars in disaster management. With Drabek's upcoming retirement from the University of Denver, this may be the professor's last major publication, and it updates his thinking on how emergency managers operate.

Quick Bytes: Viruses, recovery costs increase

- Virus disasters--where 25 or more computers within an organization are infected at the same time--increased 15 percent in 2003 from the previous year, and the costs of recovering from those disasters increased 23 percent over the same time period, from about $81,000 to almost $100,000. Those are some highlights of a survey of 300 companies and government agencies in the 9th Annual ICSA Labs Virus Prevalence Survey. @ More on the survey is available through SM Online.

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