Articles & Resources

Outside CHHS, our staffers are often recognized for their higher level thinking through publications ranging in fields from emergency management planning, to interoperability, to cybersecurity, and counterterrorism. We’ve also collected resources from outside entities, of which we believe professionals should be taking note.

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  • CHHS Visiting Fellow Michael Beland Analyzes Incentivized Cybersecurity Standards for Security Debrief

    July 3, 2013

    Michael Beland, CHHS Visiting Fellow, had the article Cybersecurity Incentives – What Do We Have, What Do We Need? published in Security Debrief on June 11, 2013. His article explored the implications of the Obama Administration moving from mandatory cybersecurity standards to incentives to encourage adoption of a general standard. Read ...

  • Engage in Cyber Security—The Power and Responsibility is Yours

    June 17, 2013

    Law & Policy Analyst Avery Blank wrote an article for Law Practice Today. The article outlines the complex issues in cyber security where there is a continual fight to balance protecting personal information with the open and accessible format of the internet. Even with the government's attempts at protecting citizen's ...

  • CHHS Policy Analyst Dissects Presidential Policy Directive 8: National Preparedness

    June 17, 2013

    CHHS Policy Analyst Amanda Faul has been writing a series for Domestic Preparedness. Her latest article is about upcoming implementation of Presidential Policy Directive 8. Read the article here. Her previous article for Domestic Preparedness about National Preparedness System (NPS) can be viewed here.

  • CHHS to Study Ways to Strengthen Maryland’s Electric Distribution System

    October 3, 2012

    Maryland is currently determining the best way to prioritize facilities for energy assurance and emergency generation. A two-part study by the University of Maryland Center for Health and Homeland Security commissioned by the State will first examine how to prioritize broader categories of critical infrastructure, while the second part will ...

  • Katrina's Animal Legacy: The PETS Act

    September 6, 2012

    CHHS Senior Law and Policy Analyst Clark Lee has contributed an article about the PETS Act to the Journal of Animal Law & Ethics. The Act encourages state and local jurisdictions to take into account the needs of individuals with household pets and service animals in their preparedness activities for major disasters and ...

  • U.S. Citizens: The First Line of Defense

    July 19, 2012

    Following the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001, the U.S. government made numerous political, economic, and structural changes to provide greater protection for the nation as a whole. Among the most important of those changes were the actions taken to: (a) establish the new U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) ...

  • Creating Monsters for the Greater Good of Humanity: The Conflicting Interests of Science and Homeland Security

    June 20, 2012

    Society’s rising expectations for improved treatments and better health outcomes continuously push the boundaries of discovery in biomedical research. One focus of such research is to develop the newest drugs to address humanity’s increasing exposure to emerging infectious diseases. Researchers in Europe and the U.S. recently developed the recipe for the ...

  • The State of Interoperability in the States

    June 20, 2012

    With so much depending on reliable emergency radio communications, the managers of these systems and other people working in the field of interoperable communications need to be aware of incompatible and inadequate communication systems that can cause delays, confusion, and even loss of life; the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC’s) mandates ...

  • Leveling the Emergency Preparedness Playing Field

    June 20, 2012

    Almost one in five people living in the United States has a disability. Therefore, there is not only an ethical need but also a practical demand for jurisdictions to invest in emergency preparedness initiatives that address the functional needs of people with disabilities. The full article (in pdf form below) by ...

  • Emergency Management 2.0: Integrating Social Media in Emergency Communications

    June 20, 2012

    Social media has changed the way information is communicated and analyzed. Through social media services, individuals can exchange information with large groups of people in real time. Local emergency management agencies should incorporate these tools into their communication plans to effectively communicate with the public and to obtain a better ...

  • The Federal Government's Potential Power to Coordinate or Take State Assets During Emergencies

    June 20, 2012

    There is confusion among some state emergency management officials regarding whether the Stafford Act and eminent domain laws prevent the federal government from commandeering or taking state resources during certain emergency situations. The Stafford Act indeed allows the federal government to coordinate state response efforts under dire circumstances. The full article (in ...

  • First Responder Fatigue Can Be the Difference Between Life and Death

    November 4, 2011

    By Clark Lee, JD CHHS Senior Law & Policy Analyst Fatigue in emergency response providers can compromise the effectivness of any emergency response operation. Appropriate emergency response preparedness, management, policy making and research efforts can mitigate the dangers posed by resonder fatigue. This article focuses on the need for developing and ...

  • Children and Disaster Planning: The National Commission on Children and Disasters' Findings and Recommendations

    April 5, 2011

    Author(s): Angelique Pui-Ka So, JD Emily Catherine Cornette, JD This article focuses on the National Commission on Children and Disasters’ 2010 Report regarding disaster planning for children. This article recommends measures to ensure best practices in planning for children in disasters. It also highlights the unique needs of children and sheds light on ...

  • Implementation of Title VII of the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act

    March 7, 2011

    Author(s): Michael Greenberger, JD Testimony before the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry. The Relationship of Unregulated OTC Derivatives to the Meltdown. It is now accepted wisdom that it was the non-transparent, poorly capitalized, and almost wholly unregulated over-the-counter (“OTC”) derivatives market that lit the fuse that exploded the highly vulnerable ...

  • FEMA’s Guidance on Planning for Integration of Functional Needs Support Services in General Population Shelters: Progress despite practical impediments

    February 21, 2011

    Author(s): Aileen Xenakis, JD This article identifies the key elements of Federal Emergency Management Agency’s November 2010 Guidance on Planning for Integration of Functional Needs Support Services in General Population Shelters. It addresses the impact that such guidance will have within the emergency management and sheltering community, specifically what integration means from ...

  • Establishing Human Rights Protections in Postdisaster Contexts

    December 20, 2010

    Author(s): Jessica L. Hurst, JD Postdisaster environments are proven battlegrounds for human rights violations, and a binding international instrument speaking directly to the right to postdisaster human rights protections is a critical and necessary strategy in international disaster response and recovery efforts. This article encourages the development of an international instrument crafted ...

  • Redefining Regional Planning

    November 8, 2010

    Author(s): Kimberly L. Nagel, MA, CEM Preeti V. Emrick, JD In the wake of recent disasters including September 11, 2001, and the 2005 hurricane season, regional planning has become a high priority. Despite the 2007 release of the National Preparedness Guidelines, improving regional collaboration has continued to be a significant challenge and remains ...

  • Video: Capital Shield 2011

    October 27, 2010

    CHHS coordinated and facilitated the hospital surge portion of ‘Capital Shield 2011,’ a D.C.-region full-scale exercise that evaluated how dozens of agencies would respond to a simulated terrorist attack. This video features CHHS Exercise Program Manager Christina Crue and CHHS Public Health Program Manager Earl Stoddard, along with moulaged ‘mock ...

  • Missing Links: Connecting Emergency Management and the Cultural Heritage Industry

    August 26, 2010

    Author(s): Christina M. Crue, MS, CEM Robin J. Clark, JD Cultural heritage is a source of community identity and local income, two elements that are necessary in any successful disaster recovery effort. The cultural heritage industry, however, has been historically underprepared for disaster events, as recent events demonstrate. This lack of preparedness may ...

  • Protection against liability for emergency medical service providers

    June 28, 2010

    Author(s): Raymond K. Shin, JD, MPP Emergency Medical Services (EMS) providers must often provide medical assistance without adequate time and resources. To encourage EMS providers not to be fearful of negligence lawsuits when they provide treatment, many states have enacted laws that protect them from civil liability. However, these laws provide immunity ...

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