Articles & Resources from 2012

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    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 ...

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    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 ...

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    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) ...

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    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 ...

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    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 ...

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    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 ...

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    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 ...

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    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 ...

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