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Looking Ahead: Disaster Response

- Matthew Harwood interviews Lt. Gen. Guy C. Swan III, CPP.  

Bush Shares Disaster Recovery Lessons At ASIS Event

- Bush, who was Florida’s governor from 1999 until 2007, recounted his time as governor in 2004 and 2005, when the state faced eight hurricanes and four tropical storms in a span of 16 months.

Building an Enterprise-Wide Business Continuity Program

- The author explores widely accepted risk management principles and backs them up with real-world experience.

Virginia Earthquake a Reminder for Adequate Disaster Planning

- Disrupted cell phone service and an unexpected earthquake highlight the need for emergency planning -- even in areas not prone to certain types of disasters.

Former DHS Chief Calls Interoperable Communications Failure "a National Disgrace"

- Former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge called the United States’ inability to achieve interoperable communications between first responders “a national disgrace” during a speech Wednesday that assessed how far homeland security has come since 9-11.

Drone Stakeholders Stress Robots' Humanitarian Upside

- Drones don’t just end human life, they also save it, a panel of industry executives and government officials said Wednesday.

Volunteers Augment Security

- At one university, volunteers augment the security force during emergencies by joining the crisis coordinator program.

Disaster Communications in a Changing Media World

- The authors emphasize the proliferation of “new media” and the advantages and challenges they present when dealing with disaster communications.

The Definitive Handbook of Business Continuity Management, Third Edition

- This tome builds on the foundation laid by its two earlier editions, assembling the collective wisdom of 38 experts from around the world in the field of business continuity planning.

Can the United States Bounce Back?

- Americans may think they are more prepared for a devastating earthquake than they truly are, according to a report on earthquake resilience authored by the National Research Council’s (NRC) Committee on Earthquake Resilience.  

Emergency Preparedness

- A bill (S. 191) introduced by Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-CT) that would examine how amateur radio operators could aid first responders in an emergency has been approved by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. The Senate has not announced whether it will consider the bill. Under S. 191, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) would study how amateur radio operators provided information and aid to first responders during disasters such as Hurricane Katrina, the relief effort after 9-11, and the response to the Oklahoma City bombing. If the report finds that such efforts were successful, DHS will determine how these operators could be organized to enhance their role in disaster response.  

Resilience

- Researchers take a look at the United States’ ability to bounce back from a major earthquake. More research and community investment are needed, according to the report.

Crisis Communications: A Casebook Approach, Fourth Edition

- This book is an excellent resource for security practitioners who are responsible for the development of crisis and emergency management plans reviewer George J. Okaty, CPP says. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
 




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