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How the Nation Is Failing in Public Health Preparedness

As public health funding and staffing continue to decline communities are left more vulnerable to the next catastrophic public health emergency The United States is failing in its public health preparedness efforts The nation 8217 s resilience depends on the government and public health making critical changes to reverse this

Public Health – How Prepared Is the Nation?

Public health encompasses pandemics and bioterrorism incidents as much as injury and illness threats following other types of disasters The burden of biological threats is often less visible but can affect economic stability and national security just as much as if not more than other types of disasters Efforts to
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Broadening the Public Health Security Agenda

In 2001 almost 3 000 people died after the 9 11 attacks In 2005 more than 1 800 people died because of Hurricane Katrina and the subsequent floods Receiving less attention in the United States alone more than 3 000 people die of influenza each year With other public health

A Unified Strategy for Biodefense Preparedness

Regardless of what many experts perceive as the likelihood of a biological attack continuing improvements in U S public health preparedness programs are necessary to ensure more effective response operations and save countless lives A cooperative approach to biodefense planning should include an expansion of the nation 8217 s existing

Public Health Response & Emergency Management Planning

Most disaster responses necessarily include a public health component Emergency managers must always be aware of that fact when dealing with emerging threats and their possible consequences By incorporating a public health response into emergency management planning the nation will be much better prepared for the next pandemic or biological

Counter-Agroterrorism 101

Some biological agents 8211 anthrax and ricin for example 8211 can be used as weapons against human targets others specifically attack animals and food crops Both types of attack though can have devastating effects on the economy and on the morale and overall wellbeing of a nation To mitigate these

Early Warning: The Front Line of Biodefense

During and after a known or suspected biological attack most events initially play out in local hospitals where the first symptoms caused by a toxic agent are recognized Raising awareness among medical staff and expanding current training programs will help healthcare providers respond to a possible biological event both more

Identifying & Isolating Bio-Threats Before They Present

An emerging infectious disease or a bioterrorism attack must be prevented from spreading globally even when the effectiveness of predictive measures and detection programs is in question In addition to current medical countermeasures defending against biological threats may require the enforcement of control measures that rely on non medical public

If & When Needed: The Building of Pandemic Barriers

Infectious diseases such as influenza are invisible fast moving and often extremely lethal The best and sometimes only way to kill them is to detect them early stop them before they start to spread isolate them at the first sign of an outbreak and have at hand the trained medical

If & When Needed: The Building of Pandemic Barriers

Infectious diseases such as influenza are invisible fast moving and often extremely lethal The best and sometimes only way to kill them is to detect them early stop them before they start to spread isolate them at the first sign of an outbreak and have at hand the trained medical

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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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