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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  • 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 ...

  • Project announcement: Critical care surge preparedness

    June 7, 2010

    CHHS has been contracted by the Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security to work with the hospitals in Montgomery County and Prince George’s County (Maryland) to assess and improve surge preparedness for potential catastrophes in the National Capital Region (NCR). The 10 hospitals have tasked CHHS with ...

  • The Posse Comitatus Act and Disaster Response

    April 28, 2010

    CHHS Founder and Director Michael Greenberger, along with Arianne Spaccarelli, discusses the Posse Comitatus Act and the use of federal troops in response to local disasters in Homeland Security and Emergency Management: a Legal Guide for State and Local Governments, published by the American Bar Association: Abstract The federal government’s failure to quickly send ...

  • Washington and CCTV: It’s 2010, Not Nineteen Eighty-Four

    April 26, 2010

    Author(s): Aileen B. Xenakis, JD Washington, D.C.’s Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) program and the role it plays in homeland security and law enforcement can inform other jurisdictions in their development of CCTV policies and implementation. Examining both the process by which Washington, D.C. established its CCTV program and the regulations governing it ...

  • Changing the nature of special needs: Utilizing a function-based approach to special needs planning

    April 23, 2010

    Author(s): Angelique Pui-Ka So, JD Colleen Clary, JD When preparing for emergencies, planners should be cognizant of individuals with "special needs." Analyzing various governmental agencies’ definitions demonstrates a lack of general consensus on who should be considered “special needs,” thus making it difficult to accommodate these individuals in current emergency plans. ...

  • Montgomery County Functional Exercise 2010: Hurricane Zoe

    April 9, 2010

    The CHHS Exercise and Training team led by Christina Crue designed, planned, and executed a functional exercise for Montgomery County, Maryland in April 2010. The exercise scenario was based on a Category 3 hurricane ravaging Maryland. The functional exercise began with a conference call briefing on each of the days leading ...

  • Needles in the H1N1 Haystack

    March 9, 2010

    Author(s): Jessica Hurst When children are accidentally vaccinated at school without parental consent, compensation may be hard to find. Daniel Acosta of Port Charlotte, Florida, never signed the consent papers that would have allowed his four-year-old daughter to receive the H1N1 vaccine at school. And without parental consent, he assumed his daughter would ...

  • Can My Boss Stick it to Me? Courts May Give a Shot in the Arm to Employer-Mandated H1N1 Vaccines

    March 9, 2010

    Author(s): Paris Nourmohammadi, JD Brigid Ryan, JD The H1N1 influenza virus, more commonly known as “swine flu,” emerged in the spring of 2009. In response to the 2009 H1N1 influenza outbreak, New York State Health Commissioner Richard Daines, MD, enacted an emergency regulation requiring all New York healthcare personnel to receive the seasonal ...

  • Out of the Black Hole: Regulatory Reform of the Over-the-Counter Derivatives Market

    March 8, 2010

    A video of CHHS Founder & Director Michael Greenberger’s presentation at the Make Markets Be Markets conference on March 3, 2010. To find out more, visit the Roosevelt Institute’s website. Click here to read Professor Greenberger’s chapter of the report released at the conference.  

  • No matter what: Ensuring the performance of essential functions through devolution plans

    February 25, 2010

    Author(s): Michael Vesely, JD This article focuses on the role that devolution planning should occupy in an agency’s continuity planning effort. A devolution plan is an integral part of a Continuity of Operations (COOP) plan; however, many agencies do not expend the necessary time and effort to develop these essential plans. There ...

  • The Relationship of Unregulated Excessive Speculation to Oil Market Price Volatility

    January 15, 2010

    Author(s): Michael Greenberger, JD This paper presents supplemental views to the Energy Market Volatility portion of the Report by the Expert Group established by the Jeddah and London ad-hoc Energy Meetings (2008) to provide recommendations to the Twelfth International Energy Forum (IEF) Ministerial Meeting in March 2010. Specifically, this paper focuses upon ...

  • RCPG reimbursement policy

    January 13, 2010


  • RCPG travel & reimbursement checklist

    January 13, 2010


  • RCPG in-kind donation form

    January 13, 2010


  • Video: Maryland RCPG Workshop I: Resource Management Planning

    January 11, 2010

    CHHS hosted the Maryland RCPG Workshop I, which brought together public and private sector partners to resolve state and regional resource needs during an emergency, on Sept. 10-11, 2009.

  • Continuity Guidance Circular 1

    December 21, 2009


  • Worksheets

    December 21, 2009


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