The Missing Plague Vials

Unattended suitcase in the middle of a populated airport terminalA true story of missing bubonic plague vials, an airport bomb threat, and other suspicious activities again demonstrates continued national and homeland security vulnerabilities and threats. Perspectives may differ, but the concerns are real and provide an opportunity to learn and prepare.

The “R” Word

A dark tunnel of question marks with a bright city skyline in the centerResilience has multiple meanings for public health, emergency, and homeland security management professionals. However, the objective of building resilience should go beyond hazard mitigation. With 2024 being FEMA’s “Year of Resilience,” it is a good time for professionals to start rethinking this concept.

Week 2 – Restoring Infrastructure and Instilling Resilience

highway with automobiles under a sign that directs traffic to the Key BridgeThe Key Bridge collapse was not the first of its kind, and it will not be the last. However, there are measures community leaders can take to strengthen infrastructure and instill resilience. Understanding the short-term and long-term goals after such an incident would help Baltimore and other communities restore the transportation lifelines that have been severely impacted.

The Evolution of Homeland Security Higher Education

Two soldiers in fatigues walking toward the Washington MonumentAfter the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, homeland security education expanded to ensure that local, state, tribal, territorial, and federal agencies had the tools they needed to combat these threats. This academic leader shares how homeland security programs change to meet new challenges and evolving threats.

Key Bridge Collapse – Transportation Infrastructure and Global Supply Chain

the front of a ship on the water with clear skies and the Key Bridge across the horizonAny incident or event can easily disrupt the supply chain, whether local, regional, or international. Time will demonstrate the transportation, supply chain, and other critical impacts of the Key Bridge collapse in Baltimore. Here are six recommendations to ensure the plans, training, resources, capabilities, and facilities to safeguard the nation’s transportation networks.

A Holistic Approach to Cybersecurity Risk

Two women and one man sit in a dark room at a computer table with three monitors. Behind the monitors is a world map with markers protrudingCybersecurity is a core business process that involves the entire organization or agency. So, it should not be brushed off as an “IT thing.” A cybersecurity state coordinator for CISA explains how the continuity of government and operations depends on a collaborative approach.

Commercial Facilities Sector Perspectives

Clear blue sky, tall yellow hotel building, with smaller freestanding shops in front along a lakeCommercial facilities dominate the U.S. economy, contributing trillions of dollars to the U.S. gross domestic product while employing and supporting millions of jobs. Learn more about this critical infrastructure sector and its interdependencies.

Energy Sector Perspectives

Two men with safety gear in a bucket truck working on an electrical poleFrom the alarm clock that wakes people in the morning, to the natural gas used to cook breakfast, to the refined petroleum products powering vehicles for daily commutes, the Energy Sector plays an integral role in daily life activities.

Water and Wastewater Sector Perspectives

The Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency defines the Water and Wastewater Systems Sector as one of “16 critical infrastructure sectors.” Read about this sector’s numerous challenges in maintaining the high level of service necessary to the communities they serve.

Article Out Loud – Water and Wastewater Sector Perspectives

The Water and Wastewater Systems Sector is one of 16 sectors identified as critical infrastructure under the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency. Domestic Preparedness invited a subject matter expert to answer questions about this sector, including how the sector and its interdependencies can affect any community.
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