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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. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Disaster Preparedness

- Check out a disaster preparedness tool that helps planners estimate possible casualties for various disasters. By selecting different scenarios, users can study biological, chemical, and explosive attacks.

Calculating Casualties

- EMCAPS, a tool used to estimate how many people may be killed or injured in various emergencies, is getting updated.

The Arc of NOAA's Assistance

- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration does a lot more than let people know when to get out their umbrellas: sometimes it warns them to head for the hills or stack the sandbags.
 




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