FINAL REPORT: The Use of Social Media in Disaster Response

The DP40 and DomPrep readers assess their opinions on the use of “social media” (Twitter, Facebook, etc.) in disaster response. The issues are important and may require the setting of policies – particularly in view of the legal ramifications involved with regard to liability.

Needed: A Comprehensive Nuclear Forensics and Attribution Act

U.S. homeland-security capabilities have improved immensely over the past decade. But there are still too many gaps – in funding, in legislative authority, and in the dwindling pool of career-minded nuclear scientists and engineers. A distinguished former DNDO official discusses some important steps the executive and legislative branches of government can take to remedy current deficiencies and upgrade overall U.S. nuclear capabilities.

Coping with Chaos: The Aftermath of a CBRNE Incident

U.S. emergency managers and worst-case planners have been warning for many years that the possibility of a WMD attack against American cities is a “when, not if” scenario. The nation’s ability to prevent, respond to, and recover from such an attack is much improved. But there are still serious deficiencies, greater national and international cooperation is needed, and improved technological capabilities as well. Meanwhile, the sands of time are running out, and even tomorrow could be too late.

All Hazards Evacuations: All Means Every Disaster & Everyone

No one – whether they be political decision makers, first responders, or individual citizens – will ever be satisfied with less than perfect safety. But major advances have been made in detection, deterrence, and response. One of the most important but relatively unpublicized advances is in the field of crowd control and evacuations, once an afterthought but now an essential component of the emergency manager’s preparedness toolkit.

Lessons Learned From an 'Almost' Evacuation

In December 2014, an unknown patient zero visited Disneyland in California. Whether that person knew that he or she was carrying a highly contagious infectious disease is not as important as the speed in which the disease spread and the reason behind it. There is a correlation between the resurgence of measles and vaccination practices in modern families.

When Time Stops: Family Support After a Mass-Casualty Incident

The rapid growth of mass-casualty incidents in recent years has led to much-needed new rules – now formulated at the federal level – to not only notify victims’ families and friends, and usually the media as well. Implementing those rules requires organizational skills, advance planning, compassion, and an uncommon measure of common sense.

NIMS/ICS Case Study: Evacuation & State-Managed Shelters

If a hotel has been overbooked most people go to another hotel just a block or two away. That solution does not work when a mass-casualty incident requires the evacuation of hundreds, perhaps thousands, of citizens. Immediately. Which is why local evacuation plans must anticipate the need for additional sheltering sites to house those forced out of their homes.

DomPrep Survey: The Use of Social Media in Disaster Response

This survey focuses attention on use of the “social media” (Twitter, Facebook, etc.) in disaster-response situations. Several of the DP40 views are surprising; others – involving liability issues, for example – are mandates for quick and effective action. DPJ readers are hereby respectfully requested to Take the Survey Now!!

The Times Square Bombing Plot: What It Means For America

Experts in aviation safety have long recognized that what is described as a “near miss” is actually a “near hit.” The Times Square bombing attempt deserves the same unflinching judgment: Disaster was avoided not because of the superior competence of DHS and TSA, but because of the greater incompetence of a bungling amateur.
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