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Bringing Calm to Chaos: HICS & the Coronavirus Pandemic

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to impact society hospitals and healthcare systems are facing a myriad of challenges Effective leadership is needed to ensure continued health care operations access to critical medications and personal protective equipment and overall viability of the health care system The hospital incident command system HICS

Bringing Calm to Chaos: HICS & the Coronavirus Pandemic

The hospital incident command system HICS was designed decades ago to provide a decision making framework to manage incidents and disasters Now more than ever health care systems are relying on HICS to help meet the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic This interview with Dr Brent Kaziny and James Mitchell

In an Era of Coronavirus, Do Not Forget Security

The United States is currently facing historic challenges Against the backdrop of a global pandemic the United States is experiencing an historic rise in gun violence and civil unrest Social issues such as a dramatic increase in unemployment a rise in domestic violence an increase in substance abuse social isolation

What Happens in Vegas: Harvest Music Festival Mass Shooting

While much of the news media has been focused on the coronavirus pandemic violent incidents continue to occur throughout the United States The shutdown of sporting events schools concerts and other large events has led to an overall decrease in active shooter incidents In fact March 2020 was the first

What Happens in Vegas: Harvest Music Festival Mass Shooting

While much of the news media has been focused on the coronavirus pandemic violent incidents continue to occur throughout the United States The shutdown of sporting events schools concerts and other large events has led to an overall decrease in active shooter incidents In fact March 2020 was the first

Military Use for Continued Law Enforcement During the Pandemic

As the United States continues to respond to the coronavirus pandemic police departments across the country are beginning to feel the impact of the virus on their day to day staffing In New York three officers have died more than 900 members of the NYPD have tested positive for the

Opioid Epidemic & Narcan’s Unintended Consequences

In 2017 the U S Department of Health and Human Services declared a public health emergency related to the opioid crisis Indeed overdoses and deaths from opioids have skyrocketed over the past decade In 2017 deaths from opioids were six times higher than in 1999 Opioids impact the quality of

Opioid Epidemic & Narcan’s Unintended Consequences

In 2017 the U S Department of Health and Human Services declared a public health emergency related to the opioid crisis Indeed overdoses and deaths from opioids have skyrocketed over the past decade In 2017 deaths from opioids were six times higher than in 1999 Opioids impact the quality of

Pandemic Influenza: Advice & Suggestions From an Expert

With the myriad of threats that communities prepare for influenza pandemic is consistently at the top of the priority list In recent years strains such as H7N9 and H1N1 have caused concern among health officials It is no mystery why considering the 1918 influenza pandemic which infected over 500 million

Pandemic Influenza: Advice & Suggestions From an Expert

With the myriad of threats that communities prepare for influenza pandemic is consistently at the top of the priority list In recent years strains such as H7N9 and H1N1 have caused concern among health officials It is no mystery why considering the 1918 influenza pandemic which infected over 500 million

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Article Out Loud – The Psychology of Crisis

  Full article by Mary Schoenfeldt, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, May 22, 2024. In this feature article, the board president of Green Cross Academy of Traumatology describes the psychological side of disasters and other impactful events as a critical component of crisis management. Many people still do

Article Out Loud – Elegant Community Preparation

  Full article by Aaron Titus, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, May 8, 2024. In this feature article, the executive director for Crisis Cleanup shares how elegant community preparation offers a process that simplifies disaster planning efforts for community members. Communities need to prepare together and focus on

Article Out Loud – Navigating the Seismic Dance: Preparedness in the Ring of Fire

  Full article by Alicia Johnson, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, May 8, 2024. In this feature article, an emergency manager with extensive experience in risk communications and public affairs informs readers about the multifaceted nature of earthquake risks and delineates the indispensable role organizations play in mitigating

Article Out Loud – National Security: A Range of Threats

  Full article by Anthony Mottola and Richard Schoeberl, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, May 1, 2024. In this feature article, two law enforcement and counterterrorism experts discuss the growing threats from organized foreign terrorist groups to homegrown terrorists inspired by them. Members of the intelligence community have

Article Out Loud – Sustaining Those Working in Disasters

  Full article by Jolie Wills, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, April 24, 2024. In this featured article, a cognitive scientist and psychosocial disaster recovery specialist emphasizes the importance of supporting those working in emergency response roles before, during, and after emergencies and disasters. Leaders and their teams

Article Out Loud – Mental Awareness to Enhance Preparedness

  Full article by Andrew (Andy) Altizer, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, April 17, 2024. In this featured article, an emergency manager with military experience points out that emergency managers, public health officials, and first responders often stress the importance of physical fitness, but sometimes neglect mental fitness.

Article Out Loud – Primary Care Investments to Increase Community Resilience

  Full article by Angie Im, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, April 17, 2024. In this featured article, a healthcare research and policy expert describes the importance of community health centers and their impact on community resilience. These medical lifelines for millions of Americans are facing financial and

Article Out Loud – The Missing Plague Vials

  Full article by Robert C. Hutchinson, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, April 17, 2024. In this featured article, an experienced federal agent shares a true story of missing bubonic plague vials, an airport bomb threat, and other suspicious activities that demonstrate continued national and homeland security vulnerabilities

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