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Critical Infrastructure: Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness

- This work offers a compendium of U.S. government guidelines and tools for working in critical infrastructure protection.

Disaster Preparedness 2.0

- Blogger W. David Stephenson says the latest Web 2.0 capabilities have serious implications for use in an emergency.

Schools Graded on Crisis Preparedness

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WHO Is Preparing for the Inevitable Pandemic

- Only collective action will stem the spread of future pandemics, says the World Health Organization.

Games Aid Emergency Management

- New game-based training simulations are designed to reduce the cost and increase the effectiveness of disaster planning.

Did You Know That?

- A survey of mid-size to large companies that are members of the American Management Association shows that fewer have emergency action plans in 2004, 61 percent, than had them in 2003, 64 percent. The number of groups that had a crisis management team also slipped in that same period, from 52 percent to 44 percent. Though part of the difference may be due to the margin of error, it suggests at the very least that the numbers are flat. @ Link via SM Online to a survey summary.

Did You Know That?

- If you're the victim of a biological attack, should you quarantine yourself at home or go to a hospital? If you're in a high-rise during a nuclear attack, where should you go? A reference card by the RAND Corporation answers these questions, explaining how individuals should prepare for and respond to nuclear, biological, chemical, and radiological attacks. @ Get the card via SM Online.

The Best Laid Plans

- The best laid emergency plans can go awry if they fail to incorporate certain critical steps and principles.

Quick Bytes: Business continuity partnership

- The financial services industry in Chicago is collaborating with city, state, and federal officials to create a regional group that will work together on disaster recovery plans. The initiative, which others can use as a model, is described in a new report by the U.S. Department of Treasury: Improving Business Continuity in the Financial Services Sector: A Model for Starting Regional Coalitions. @ Visit SM Online or the full report.

Business continuity partnerships

- The financial services industry in Chicago is collaborating with city, state, and federal officials to create a regional group that will work together on disaster recovery plans. The initiative, which others can use as a model, is described in a new report by the U.S. Department of Treasury: Improving Business Continuity in the Financial Services Sector: A Model for Starting Regional Coalitions. @ Visit SM Online for the full report.

Bioterrorism

- A December 2003 report by Trust for America's Health showed that the nation's public health system was insufficiently prepared for bioterrorism. The prognosis isn't much better more than a year later. A follow-up report concludes that "states across the country are still struggling to meet basic preparedness requirements and have inadequate resources to juggle the competing health priorities they face." Ranking states on ten "key indicators to assess the states' public health emergency preparedness capabilities," the report found Florida and North Carolina to be in the best of health, notching nine of the ten indicators. At the other extreme were Massachusetts and Alaska, which achieved the sickly score of three. Twenty states fell in the middle with a score of six, while another 19 garnered scores of 5 or 7. he ranking was based on indicators such as state spending of federal funds, level of state public-health budgets, bioterror capabilities of state labs, and surveillance and tracking capacity. For example, only five state public-health labs report the ability to adequately respond to a chemical terror threat, while two-thirds of states don't electronically track disease outbreak information using national standards, making early warning difficult. SM Online has the full 72-page report, as well as an executive summary.

The Challenge of Making Safer Structures

- Three and a half years after 9-11, building codes are just starting to reflect lessons learned from the World Trade Center collapse

WHO's Health Report

- Only “collective international public health action” will stem the spread of a future infectious disease pandemic, according to the annual World Health Organization health report. It warns that the threat of a “pandemic of influenza from this virus is still a matter of when, not if.”  
 




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