Shielding Communities: Public Health Strategies for Natural Hazards

Person wearing glasses, white protective suit, blue gloves, and respirator, holding up thumb in a room with mold on the walls.Public health risks are common concerns when natural hazards occur. However, history shows that the increasing frequency of events and growing population sizes have been increasing the scale of events and the needs of affected populations. To mitigate complex public health challenges, personnel across disciplines must plan, coordinate, and develop response strategies that build a mutual understanding of the risks and hazards communities face during these events.

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.

Interoperability During Mass Casualty Incidents

Man with headset sitting at a desk in front of computersDuring a mass casualty incident, response agencies must be able to communicate in real-time. This means that interoperability plans need to include everyone involved in the response. One lesson learned from past incidents is that hospitals are an often overlooked “responder.” Learn what one agency is doing to close this gap in the Washington, DC, region.

An Editor’s Personal Journey to Emergency Preparedness

silhouette of three women on mountain cliff with sun setting in backgroundIn honor of Women’s History Month, the March edition of the Domestic Preparedness Journal features articles by inspirational women who, through their service and writing, are instrumental in building more prepared and resilient communities. The editor also shares her personal journey into emergency preparedness.

Emergency Management Goes to the Hill

A piggy bank sitting on top of quarters that spilled from a glass jar next to small wooden housesEmergency managers work behind the scenes to ensure the safety, security, and resilience of communities before, during, and after a disaster. As the requests for assistance increase, funding is not meeting these demands. Leaders from three nationwide organizations went to Washington, D.C., to advocate for emergency management professionals and urge Congress to increase funding for critical programs that will prepare communities for future natural and human-caused threats.

Amateurs of Action – The Women of Radio

woman sitting at a table with various radio equipmentVolunteers are transforming emergency preparedness with an inclusive, diverse movement of impactful community engagement. Explore the inspiring stories of some remarkable women breaking barriers and building resilient communication networks in the heart of amateur radio.

Executive Function: The Crisis Leader’s Edge in a High-Pressure World

Human brain in a thunderstorm, 3d rendering, AI-generatedDisaster management and leadership in a fast-paced and complex world demands more than technical skills and knowledge. By understanding how the brain works and the role that executive function plays, crisis leaders can be better equipped to make tough decisions and lead effectively under the toughest pressures.

The [Evil] Empire Strikes Back: National Security Emergencies

Five soldiers load boxes of water into a U.S. Navy helicopter on a tarmacAfter the Cold War fears of the 1980s ended, attention shifted from nation-state threats to terrorism and large-scale natural hazards. However, a federal emergency planner says the return of these threats should prompt a review of the national security emergencies concept to ensure communities are prepared to address them.

You’re the Leader. Now What?

  The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reported that, as of May 8, the United States had experienced seven confirmed $1-billion weather/climate-related disasters in 2023. Three more storms that […]
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