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World Cup Security Woes Spurs Crowd-Sourced Innovation

By CHHS Research Assistant Laura Merkey

Text to 9-1-1 Provides Additional Public Safety Contact Method Where Available

It's not a surprising number from the National Emergency Number Association: 70 to 80 percent of the calls that most of the 9-1-1 centers across the country now receive are from mobile phones.

State Public Safety Technology Forums: A First Step in Keeping Marylanders Safe

Working with Maryland's Statewide Interoperability Office, the CHHS staffers that make up the Maryland Broadband Team played a key role in three recent public safety forums that helped spread the word about the State’s progress with its public safety technology programs and how agencies around the State can get involved.

The Debate on Compulsory Vaccination: Give Me Liberty or Give Me Disease

In 1998, Andrew Wakefield and twelve co-authors published an article in the highly regarded scientific journal, The Lancet, associating the combined Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) vaccine with gastrointestinal issues that could, in turn cause a type of autism.  The retrospective stu

Montgomery County Family Reunification Exercise

When a major disaster strikes a community, there are more than just first responder rescue efforts to consider.  Notification and reunification of family members during and after a mass casualty event is a key part of emergency management, requiring many different organizations to work together in order to address the behavioral health needs of a community.   On March 18, 2014, M

Emergency Preparedness Summit in D.C. Focuses on Critical Role of Faith-Based Organizations

On March 26, 2014, I had the pleasure of serving as a guest speaker at a Faith-Based Emergency Preparedness Summit at Trinity Washington University entitled “Faith-in-Action.”

Federal Officials Propose New Rule to Bolster Emergency Preparedness for Health Care Facilities

Recently, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services proposed extensive new emergency preparedness requirements for American health care facilities.

Pharmacists & Emergency Preparedness

By Amond Uwadineke, CHHS Extern 

The Economic Toll of Harsh Winter Weather

Snow days were the best when I was growing up in Milwaukee Wisconsin (where they get “real” winters more often than not).  We would build forts as tall as adults and trudge home hours later for hot chocolate and cartoons.  Fast forward decades and travel across country to Maryland, and this feels like the longest winter in years.  Abundant storms this year have forced

Storm Camp: A Fun Way to Help Kids Prepare for Natural Disasters

Preparing Kids for Severe Weather

Preparing for Severe Weather and Climate Change

This week, March 2-8th, is Severe Weather Preparedness Week. According to NOAA, in 2013 there were seven severe weather and climate disaster events with losses exceeding $1 billion each across the United States.

Turn by Turn Navigation – Your GPS Just Turned 25

It was twenty five years ago this month that our society began to use the Global Positioning System, or GPS, that we know of today.  The concept of GPS was simple:  to help an individual locate their current location or a target that needs to be identified with great accuracy.  As with many technological breakthroughs, this application was designed exclusively for the United Stat

National Cybersecurity Framework Calls Attention to Ever-Growing Threat

By R. Justin Morris, CHHS Research Assistant

A Chance to Reevaluate Winter Storm Preparedness and Response

By Crystal Schroeder, CHHS Extern

Finding Equilibrium: MARCE 2014 Public Health Preparedness Conference

This year’s event focused on the finding the balance between critical biodefense research and protecting the public from any misuse of this research

Receiving an A+ in Emergency Preparedness is as easy as 1…2…3!

Schools – public, private, and independent – have a responsibility to prevent, protect, mitigate, respond, and recover from emergencies and disasters that can affect staff members and students.  As we’ve sadly witnessed from Newtown, Connecticut in 2012 to Moore, Oklahoma in 2013, our schools are susceptible to a wide range of natural and human-caused disasters.

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New York Lawsuit Highlights the Importance of Inclusive Planning for People with Disabilities & Access & Other Functional Needs

In 2012, the class of “[a]ll people with disabilities, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act [(ADA)] who are within the City of New York and the jurisdiction served by the City of New York’s emergency preparedness program and services” was certified in a lawsuit that proceeded against the City of New York (NYC) and Mayor Bloomberg.  In the case of More

Challenges of Sheltering Animals During Disasters: The Need For Standardized Reporting

By Chelsea Person, CHHS Extern

The State of Maryland Commits to Improving Emergency Preparedness with Adoption of the Maryland Emergency Preparedness Program

Recently, the State of Maryland strengthened its ongoing commitment to emergency preparedness.

The CyberMaryland Conference on Privacy Versus Protection

Baltimore City welcomed cybersecurity professionals and hobbyists from around the world October 8 - 9 at the third annual CyberMaryland Conference held at the Baltimore Convention Center. CyberMaryland was designed to showcase Maryland's cybersecurity strengths – and it did just that.

Innovations in Emergency Preparedness On the Go

Co-Authored by Amanda Eddy, CHHS Research Assistant
 

New Report Highlights Need for School/Child Care Preparedness

By Amanda Eddy, CHHS Research Assistant

Executive Forum on Terrorism Trials a Promising First for CHHS

From July 29 - August 2, 2013, CHHS worked with the U.S. Department of State, Office of Antiterrorism Assistance (ATA) on an Executive Forum entitled “Prosecuting Terrorism and Organized Crime in the Philippines.”  Six judges and ten prosecutors representing all regions of the Philippines traveled to Washington, D.C.

Sharing CHHS Experience Across the Globe - Bangalore, India

On August 6-7, 2013, I attended a workshop in Bangalore, India entitled “Best International Practices in Building Resilient Cities.”  The workshop was organized by the Government of Karnataka in partnership with the Synergia Foundation, a strategic think-tank that works with the public and private sector in the domains of geopolitics,

New York Chemical Tests: Public Communication Key

By Christina Lauderdale, CHHS Extern

ACLU Releases Report Criticizing Police Use of License Plate Readers

On the heels of the NSA data collection leaks, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has released a report criticizing United States (U.S.) law enforcement agencies for their use of license plate readers as an infrin

EMAP Proves Invaluable as Method of Standardization for Emergency Management Programs

Lisa Crow also contributed to this blog

While Not an International Public Health Emergency – Proactive Measures Can Still be Taken Against Spread of MERs

By Victoria Plotkin, CHHS Extern 

CHHS Public Health Program Manager Earl Stoddard III also contributed to this blog

Electric Grid Vulnerability Puts U.S. at Risk of Catastrophe

By R. Justin Morris, CHHS Extern

Police Officer Drone

By Lyra Correa, CHHS Research Assistant

Colorado Most Destructive Wildfire Captured by GIS

Residents across the western United States are no strangers to the yearly wildfire season. This year is no exception, with dozens of conflagrations erupting from California to Colorado's Front Range. An Arizona blaze that tragically killed 19 fire fighters in early July brought national attention to their unrelenting nature and devastating effects.

Just How Likely is Train Derailment Scenario Tested by CHHS All Hazards Exercise?

CHHS Research Assistant Christine Diana also contributed to this blog.

The Use of Federal Data for a Beneficial Purpose

By Joella Roland, CHHS Extern

With the debate over the collection of federal data from internet giants like Facebook and Google fresh in everyone’s mind, it is easy to become disenchanted with the idea of the government monitoring and storing personal information. However, federal data has recently been used for a beneficial purpose in the city of New Orleans.

Including Children in Emergency Preparedness Outreach

By Rebecca Zorn - CHHS Research Fellow

EMS During a War on Terror

One of the striking images emerging from the Boston Marathon terrorist attacks was the photograph of the suspect receiving medical care from an ATF officer immediately after his arrest.

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Commission Puts Forth Cybersecurity Legislation to Help Strengthen “CyberMaryland”

The 2013 Session of the Maryland General Assembly failed to pass cybersecurity legislation related to breach notification requirements that was applicable for businesses and had difficulty passing similar legislation that would apply to the entire State government.

Business Emergency Operation Centers Formalize Public-Private Partnerships that Enhance States' Emergency Response Operations

Public-private partnerships are vital to enhancing the resilience of our communities against natural and man-made disasters. Working with the private sector enables State Emergency Operations Centers (SEOCs) to expand their jurisdiction’s capacity to prevent, respond to, and recover from major incidents.

Homeland Security Funding Under Attack

By Vernon Herron, Senior Policy Analyst

Sandy's Cautionary Tale for Emergency Managers: #SocialMediaFails

By Lyra Correa, CHHS Research Associate

A "Groundbreaking" Legal Decision Sparks Uproar Among Italian Scientists

By W. Sam Lauber, CHHS Research Associate

 

"Sandy" Series: We Must Learn to Deal with Our Animal Instincts

 

By Megan Ix, CHHS Research Associate

"Sandy" Series: Luck Was a Lady for Maryland

 

By Ben Yelin, CHHS Research Associate

Step Inside a Local Maryland EOC During Hurricane Sandy

By Aatmaja Desai, CHHS Policy Analyst

Hurricane Sandy presented my first opportunity to be a part of an Emergency Operations Center (EOC) activation experience! I’m a policy analyst at CHHS and my current assignment is with Harford County.

Cybersecurity and the Need for Congressional Action

By Ben Yelin, CHHS Research Associate

Already Ahead of the Game, Maryland Moves Forward with Health Reform

By Megan Ix, CHHS Research Assistant

Disaster Relief Money Doesn’t Come Easy for U.S. Tribal Nations

By Lisa Piccinini, CHHS Research Assistant

The High Court's Health Care Decision: A Public Health Perspective

by Dr. Earl Stoddard, CHHS Public Health Program Manager

The False Alarm Conundrum

By Ben Yelin, CHHS Research Assistant

CHHS Weighs In on Obama's New Plan for High-Risk Biological Research

A few months ago biomedical researchers at the University of Wisconsin and in The Netherlands attempted to publish what amounted to a new recipe on how to manipulate the avian flu virus in a way that could easily infect humans.

Kony 2012—One Man, One Video, One Historic Social Media Lesson

Have you seen the Kony 2012 video on YouTube or heard someone mention the name Joseph Kony? Take the time to watch the social media phenomenon that has helped fuel a worldwide crusade to arrest the rebel leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA).

Congress as Internet Police May Handcuff the Freedoms of Information

Did you visit Google or Wikipedia on January 18, 2012?  If so, you were greeted with a black box over Google’s logo, and you were unable to access Wikipedia’s resources.  Are you wondering what that was all about? Well, you could call it the internet’s version of the Occupy Wall Street movement.

Soundbites Drown Out Sound Advice on Child Vaccinations

The United States is one of the most developed and technologically advanced countries in the world.

Breached: Cyber attackers waging war on our nation's most sensitive information

By Tina Williams, CHHS Research Assistant
 

Scathing Evaluation of U.S. Biopreparedness

The Bipartisan Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Terrorism Research Center just released its Bio-Response Report Card (view Report Card). The results were less than encouraging. In total, the U.S.

Listeria outbreak exposes red tape in U.S. food safety system

By Patrick Rose, PhD & Czarina Biton, MPH
 

DC police decision jeopardizes interoperability

                Interoperability Compromised in our Nation’s Capital.
 

“Contagion” needs a dose of reality

With the new movie “Contagion” in theatres, there has been some debate over whether its premise -- an infectious disease spreads uncontrollably worldwide and kills millions of people rapidly -- could really happen.

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NATO Success in Libya and the Future of U.S. Military Operations

On August 23rd, Libyan rebel groups seized the capital of Tripoli and stormed the compound of Muammar Gaddafi, effectively ending his decades of tyrannical rule in Libya.

9/11 Ten Years Later: Unfinished Business

Ten years ago on 9/11 /01, I was a Major with the Maryland State Police.  As I walked across the parking lot that morning, the S.W.A.T. Commander stopped me and informed me that a plane had just slammed into one of the towers of the World Trade Center. Shortly after I entered my office, a second plane struck the remaining tower.

CHHS plays prominent role in media's coverage of 9/11 anniversary

It’s been an emotional week for the United States. The memories of a beautiful day that turned ugly in seconds on September 11th, 2001 have scarred this country. This 10-year anniversary brought all those images we store in the back of our minds back to front and center.

Striving for Community Resilience and Cultivating Partnerships: An Overview of the National Strategy for Counterterrorism

It is now the year 2011.  Ten years ago, on September 11, the U.S. encountered terrorism of historical proportions as al Qa’ida attacked several prominent sites in the United States, affecting everyone in our Nation in some way.  But these attacks did not shatter the American will and spirit.

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The Costs of Cutting Disease Surveillance Programs

In a decade where the term ‘every penny counts’ could not be more appropriate, our governments, at local, state and federal levels, are faced with making tough decisions.  Legislators walk a fine line between balancing the budget and acting in the best interest of their constituents.  The difficult task for

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The Pros and Cons of SMS/Text Alert Notification Systems

Last week, Baltimore City launched a new text and email alert system that will provide important alerts for issues related to public safety and crime. 

Afghanistan Troop Draw-Down: Shift from Counter-Insurgency to Counter-Terrorism?

On June 22, President Barack Obama announced that 10,000 of the 33,000 surge troops that were deployed in 2009 to augment U.S.

Security Breach at Our Airports

Jophan Porter, a 38-year old flight attendant for American Eagle Airlines, was recently arrested for carrying phony identification, including a fraudulent passport, and charged with six counts of identity theft, three counts of f

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Terror Risk Confronting Airlines and Countries

The most critical breach of security that airlines are faced with today is not the passengers who might smuggle weapons or explosives onto planes,  but rather, the passengers who have cleared the Nation’s document screening process with a fraudulently obtained passport or other international identity document.  Interpol‘s Secretary General, Ronald Noble, made this admissio

Revenge Attacks for the Death of Osama bin Laden

Two suicide bombers attacked a military training facility in Northern Pakistan, killing dozens of people.

FEMA Guidance Focuses on Fusion Centers, Encourages Strategic Planning Initiatives

State and local governments learned yesterday how much federal homeland security grant funding they will receive for the fiscal 2011 grant cycle and about the requirements they must meet in these grants.  These funds are to help state and local governments with the ability to build, enhance, and sustain their abilities to prevent and prepare for terrorist a

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Tornado Outbreak

The magnitude of the tornadoes that struck Alabama and fourteen other states on April 27th is still being studied. Winds are estimated to have reached over 200 miles per hour.

Newly Released Presidential Policy Directive 8 Indicates a Refocused Approach to National Preparedness

On March 30, 2011, President Obama signed Presidential Policy Directive/PPD-8, which provides revised federal guidance concerning homeland security and emergency management preparedness.

Japan’s Aging Population: What Emergency Response Lessons Will We Learn From the Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami?

The rescue of an 80-year-old grandmother and her teenage grandson from the kitchen of their apartment is a bright spot in otherwise bleak accounts of the Tohoku earthquake and resulting tsunami aftermath.

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Japan’s Cascading Incidents and Overlapping Crises: A Case for All-Hazards and Multi-Partner Planning

The unprecedented scale of the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan, frankly speaking, were among many things that happened that had not been anticipated under our disaster management contingency plans. In hindsight, we could have moved a little quicker in assessing the situation and coordinating all that information and provided it faster.

Effectiveness of Redundant Systems Remains Uncertain at Japanese Reactor

by Oleg Pelekhaty

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Silver Lining: Effective Hazard Mitigation Lessens Damage from Japanese Quake

“The headline you won’t be reading: ‘Millions saved in Japan by good engineering and government building codes’. But it’s the truth.”

Israel Mulls Google Street View

If you've ever 'Google Street-Viewed' your home and felt weird that people could see the car in your driveway, you're not alone.

Project on National Security Reform Study Stresses Collaborative Approach

We shouldn't just give our people a government that's more affordable. We should give them a government that's more competent and more efficient. We can't win the future with a government of the past.

Recap: CHHS Director, Staff, Take Center Stage at Maryland Governor’s Forum on Public Safety

On January 13, 2011, CHHS Director Michael Greenberger and CHHS staffers Robin Clark, Emily Cornette, Dave McDonough, Eric Oddo, and Lori Stone took part in Governor Martin O'Malley's Public Safety and Security Forum at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis.

Suspicious Packages: Not Bombs, but Still Volatile

On January 6, 2011, two suspicious packages were sent through the U.S. Mail to Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley and Maryland Secretary of Transportation Beverley K. Swaim-Staley. Upon opening, both packages produced odors, flames, and smoke.

Why CHHS Clients Should Care About CEM

I spent the past three years pursuing the professional certification “CEM” from the International Association of Emergency Managers. The CEM is a certified emergency manager and is the highest and most distinguished certification available to emergency managers.

After Tucson: Revisiting Town Hall Meeting Security Measures

In the wake of the shooting that occurred on January 8 at an Arizona Safeway, legislators across the country are left questioning their current security measures when holding public town hall meetings.

Metro’s Random Bag Searches: Reasonableness, Randomness, and “Security Theater”

In December, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) began a program of randomly inspecting rider bags.

Holiday Travel Tips from CHHS, Part 2: the Security Line & Trip Home

So you are all packed and ready to go - but just because you packed smart (i.e., didn't pack prohibited items, and packed in an organized way that allows the TSA scanners to determine what is actually in your bag), you're not necessarily in the clear.

Holiday Travel Tips from CHHS, Part 1: Tickets & Packing

There is no place like home for the holidays, and for many Americans, myself included, getting "home" involves getting on an airplane. Airport war-stories may be fun to swap over turkey and pie, but wouldn't you rather avoid getting into those stressful situations in the first place?

Baltimore Fires Serve as Reminder that COOP Planning is Critical

Two massive, five-alarm fires in Baltimore City shut down traffic, displaced workers and kept fire fighters busy for one long, cold night this week. The first fire started on “The Block” at 3:30 p.m. on Dec.

Sleepiness and Fatigue Management in Emergency Response Personnel

Emergency response providers constitute an occupational group that is particularly vulnerable to the effects of sleepiness and fatigue. Considering the work they do, such a vulnerability poses significant risks to the health and safety of the responders themselves and of the general public.

New FEMA Guidance Signals Shift in Sheltering Mindset

Following a build-up of public comments by Administrator Fugate stressing the need for inclusive planning, FEMA officially released its "Functional Needs Support Services Guidance" (FNSS Guidance) on November 3, 2010.

Please Stand By: An Uncertain Future for a Nationwide Interoperability Network

Last month, the New York Times highlighted an important and timely issue facing public safety organizations on a local, state, and national level: the need for a single nationwide public safety radio system.

Emergency Managers: It's OK to be a "Follower" on Twitter

Warning: numbers ahead.

FEMA to Radios: Where Do You See Yourself In 10 Years?

Recipients of FEMA's Interoperable Emergency Communications Grant Program (IECGP) funds for FY2010 could be in for a surprise this year: jurisdictions that apply to receive funds to purchase equipment must also write and submit a Communications System Lifecycle Plan (CSLP).

Hitchhiker’s Guide to Emergency Evacuation: Accounting for the Transportation Disadvantaged in Emergency Planning

By Gregory Sunshine
CHHS Research Assistant, summer 2010

When to Use Reverse 911: A Cost-Benefit Analysis

By Andrew Bennett
CHHS Research Assistant, summer 2010

HIV/AIDS assistance can't meet demand

By Melissa Kim
CHHS Research Assistant, summer 2010

Orioles & Ravens collaborate in leadership tabletop exercise

By John Roche
CHHS Research Assistant, summer 2010

Lessons Learned as Unused H1N1 Vaccines Expire

By Meaghan McCann
CHHS Research Assistant, summer 2010

There is a surprising addition to list of lessons learned from the U.S. response to the 2009 H1N1 outbreak: sometimes being over-prepared has its own risks.

Ham Radios: Salt-Cured Interoperability

Today, technology - cell phones, e-mail, social media, etc. - provides abundant opportunities for people to communicate instantly with one another. General information sharing, planning, and coordination occur seamlessly on a daily basis. These modes of daily correspondence might appear sufficient to sustain communication between individuals during and after an emergency.

PS-Prep: Better late than never for private sector preparedness

The tragedy of the BP oil spill has prompted lawmakers and leaders in emergency management to renew the call for private sector preparedness that emerged after the 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina catastrophes.

Nuclear alert sirens fall short for the deaf and hard of hearing

By Gregory Sunshine
CHHS Research Assistant, summer 2010

In the event of a radiological emergency, people who live within a 10-mile radius of nuclear power plants will hear a system of sirens sound the alert.  However, for their deaf and hard of hearing neighbors, the sound of the sirens alone provides no warning whatsoever.  

Preparedness, prevention, and pertussis

By Melissa Kim
CHHS Research Assistant, summer 2010

The BP oil spill and private sector disaster preparedness

Nearly two months into the devastating British Petroleum oil spill, the incident has released a public and political flood of anger and pointed questions regarding the responsibility of private entities to take on effective disaster preparedness, particularly when the consequences of a disaster have widespread public ramifications.

Oil, Emergencies, and Lawyers - What's next in the Gulf Catastrophe

Earlier today, BP officials expressed cautious optimism regarding their latest attempt to stem the flow of oil from a blown out well a mile below the surface of the Gulf of Mexico. Of course, even if the so-called “top hat” procedure is deemed a success, an untold amount of oil will continue to gush into the ocean, possibly until two relief wells are completed in about two months.

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What earlier hurricane watches and warnings mean for the public

As National Hurricane Preparedness Week continues on, it is important to highlight some of the changes the National Hurricane Center has made to increase the preparedness and safety of the public.

The importance of effective information sharing

FEMA’s Regional Catastrophic Preparedness Grant Program (RCPG), not surprisingly, provides grant funding to selected urban areas across the country to improve catastrophic preparedness capabilities.

Why emergency managers should 'like' Facebook's new 'Like' button

There's a new networking tool that could prove vital for government officials and emergency managers who want important information to reach a lot more people. Facebook unveiled its 'Like' button this week, which, in short, gives users the potential to 'like' anything on the internet. Yup. Anything.

Baltimore region communications exercise

(Photos courtesy of Scott Brillman/Baltimore City Mayor's Office of Emergency Management)

Polk Award for 60 Minutes story “The Price of Oil” featuring Professor Greenberger

CBS News reporter Steve Kroft and producer Leslie Cockburn have been honored with the 2009 George Polk Award for National Television Reporting for “The Price of Oil,” a January 2009 “60 Minutes” story that explained how Wall Street speculation rather than supply and demand very likely drove record price fluctuatio

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Students take part in CHHS-led discussion on counter-terrorism

On January 16, 2010, CHHS Senior Law & Policy Analysts Robin Clark and Mike Vesely offered their expertise on terrorism and counter-terrorism for students participating in the Lancaster County Virginia Education Foundation academic forum.

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Haiti earthquake: CHHS applauds first responders

On January 12, a powerful earthquake devastated the city of Port-au-Prince, Haiti and its surrounding communities. This is an unimaginable tragedy that has captured the world’s attention. CHHS applauds the efforts of the many first responders, from Haiti and abroad, who have once again answered the call for help in the wake of a catastrophe.

CHHS supporting repatriation of citizens returning from Haiti

The Maryland Department of Human Resources (DHR) in cooperation with the Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), leads efforts to support the repatriation of American Citizens as they arrive in Maryland.

MARCE conference addresses public health response to biological emergencies

The Middle Atlantic Regional Center of Excellence for Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases Research (MARCE) represents a consortium of 45 scientists from 15 research institutions located in the Northeast United States who collaborate to research and develop new or improved therapeutic, vaccine, or diagnostic products that can be used by the public h

Maryland state agencies bolster COOP plans in wake of H1N1

The recent events surrounding the H1N1 virus demonstrated the necessity for preparing plans for continuing government operations and services during catastrophic events. Pandemic influenza has the potential of placing a tremendous strain on both state and local government workforces.

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COOP plans tested for MoCo municipalities

This week, CHHS exercised Continuity of Operations plans that they created for municipalities in Montgomery County as well as the Montgomery County side of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission.

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Baltimore UASI successfully completes its participation in FEMA's Cost-to-Capabilities Pilot Phase II

An important part of the Center's work is program management for the Baltimore Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI). The Baltimore UASI consists of Baltimore City, the city of Annapolis, and Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford, and Howard counties (all in Maryland), and is a grant award recipient in DHS/FEMA's Homeland Security Grant Program.

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Howard County COOP makes strong progress

Under the guidance and leadership of County Executive Ken Ulman, Chief Administrative Officer Lonnie Robbins, and COOP Program Managers Lois Miller and Ryan Miller, CHHS staffers Eric Oddo and Angelique So continue to make strong progress in the development of comprehensive Continuity of Operations (COOP) plans for all H

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WMD recommendations turn to action-items

Last year, the bi-partisan Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism provided the grave warning that “unless the world community acts decisively and with great urgency, it is more likely than not that a weapon of mass destruction will be used in a terrorist attack somewhere in the world by the end of

CCTV presentation at Case Western conference

On October 22, 2009, I traveled to beautiful Cleveland, Ohio, to make a presentation on Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) programs - and to take in the fall foliage.  Professor Robert Strassfeld, director of the Center for Global Security Law and Policy at Case Western Reserve University School of Law, hosted the conference, "Somebody's Watching Me: Surveillance and Privacy in an Age o

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Differing expectations for D.C.'s H1N1 response analysis

The novel H1N1 (swine) influenza presents a new threat to public health and safety that provides excellent opportunities for CHHS to work in both health and homeland security simultaneously with old and new clients. 

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Building on biosecurity testimony

The fear that the anthrax attacks stirred in the fall of 2001 is not a distant memory to political leaders on Capitol Hill. On Sept.

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A new partnership

CHHS has gained a valuable partner in Towson University (my alma mater) for its work on Maryland’s two resource management projects for the FY08 Regional Catastrophic Preparedness Grant Program. Towson’s Center for GIS (CGIS) will be working with us on what we call Project 6: Key Resources.

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Facilitating collaboration

Even though OMB has recently concluded that FEMA is unable to measure regional collaboration on homeland security, we saw regional collaboration first hand during our COOP for Non-Profits presentation at the Faces of Leadership conference in Charleston, WV. Xani and I were giving a stripped down version of the full COOP course to a small but engaged group of folks that represented non-profit organizations and state agencies in West Virginia. We also had three representatives from local emergency management in two counties in the class.

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“Influence without authority”

It’s a simple equation: Bring the right people together, get them talking, and you end up with tangible results.

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Gov. O’Malley gives kudos to CHHS

Governor Martin O’Malley gave the keynote address at the Maryland Meta-Leadership Summit for Preparedness today and announced the creation of the Maryland Civic Guard for Emergency

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CHHS works with Montgomery County to prepare for second wave of H1N1

The spring of 2009 has launched one of the year's most publicized events, on an international scale – the H1N1 “Swine Flu” international public health crisis.  Montgomery County, Maryland has not been immune from the impact.  CHHS is helping the county navigate through this major public health event by facilitating discussion among county agencies, and strategizing n

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