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Workplace Strategies to Reduce Burnout and Build Resilience

A multi year pandemic has resulted in organizations looking to reframe traditional workforce management practices to retain seasoned staff and prevent burnout To address these issues state local tribal and territorial emergency management offices can consider implementing workplace engagement strategies to address the mental and physical health concerns resulting from

Article Out Loud – Workplace Strategies to Reduce Burnout and Build Resilience

A multi year pandemic has resulted in organizations looking to reframe traditional workforce management practices to retain seasoned staff and prevent burnout To address these issues state local tribal and territorial emergency management offices can consider implementing workplace engagement strategies to address the mental and physical health concerns resulting from

Successful Application – Virtual Emergency Operations Center

Before 2019 partner agencies coordinated incident command primarily from a physical emergency operations center EOC This practice shifted to virtual EOCs during the COVID 19 pandemic for many agencies Virtual EOCs can effectively address community needs through all phases of consequence management Emergency management and partner agencies have found virtual

Article Out Loud – Successful Application – Virtual Emergency Operations Center

Before 2019 partner agencies coordinated incident command primarily from a physical emergency operations center EOC This practice shifted to virtual EOCs during the COVID 19 pandemic for many agencies Virtual EOCs can effectively address community needs through all phases of consequence management

How The Best Get Better: Partnerships & A Trifecta Disaster

Japan is more prepared for future disasters due to communications and annual investments into exercises and drills with local and international partners Tokyo Disney Resort leveraged private public partnerships to increase preparedness in employees guests business services critical infrastructure facilities and government stakeholders to manage future disruptions caused by natural

Article Out Loud – How the Best Get Better: Partnerships & a Trifecta Disaster

Japan is more prepared for future disasters due to communications and annual investments in exercises and drills with local and international partners Tokyo Disney Resort leveraged private public partnerships to increase preparedness in employees guests business services critical infrastructure facilities and government stakeholders to manage future disruptions caused by natural

Application of the Cynefin Framework to COVID-19 Pandemic

Since the spring of 2020 variables such as mistrust of government leaders anti maskers and economic concerns complicated COVID 19 community response The Cynefin framework is a sensemaking theory in the social sciences to create a framework for emergency managers in large scale events

Hope to Action: Medical Equipment for Children Post-Disaster

Effective disaster response and recovery involves the whole community In the United States there is a wide variation as to how families acquire durable medical equipment DME for their children with disabilities post disaster DME is essential for those children to maintain their usual level of independence as well as

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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

Article Out Loud – The “R” Word

  Full article by George Schwartz, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, April 10, 2024. In this featured article, an associate professor at Immaculata University addresses the challenge of defining resilience and the need to go beyond hazard mitigation. With 2024 being the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s “Year of Resilience,”

Article Out Loud – Dungeons and Disasters: Gamification of Public Health Responses

  Full article by Michael Etzel and Michael Prasad, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, April 10, 2024. In this featured article, two emergency managers describe how advanced technologies are offering new ways to train personnel, exercise public health responses like COVID-19, and prepare response agencies for many other

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