Many staffers at CHHS go above and beyond their daily project work to craft blogs on current topics in the news or best practices learned among emergency management colleagues through hands on experience.

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    The CISA Fight: Can Congress Fight Cyberattacks Without Compromising Privacy?

    November 6, 2015 by guest

    By CHHS Research Assistant Jules Szanton Over the past several years, several high profile data breaches have proved costly to American firms and citizens, and the public is increasingly concerned that online data is vulnerable to hackers.  The federal government, however, is in a tricky position when it comes to countering ...

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    The Importance of Preparedness: The Storm Won’t Always Go Out to Sea

    October 2, 2015 by Ben Yelin

    Earlier this week, it appeared that the Mid-Atlantic could be in the crosshairs for a potentially dangerous Atlantic tropical cyclone.  Several weather models Monday and Tuesday showed soon-to-be Hurricane Joaquin making landfall in the Chesapeake Bay, which would have been a major natural disaster for the surrounding areas. As the ...

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    Public Health Preparedness During National Emergency Preparedness Month

    September 28, 2015 by guest

    By CHHS Research Assistant Maraya Pratt September is National Preparedness Month, which can effectively serve as a reminder to take the necessary steps early that will adequately prepare you to stay safe during any public emergency or crisis. This year’s theme is “Don’t Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today.” Just ...

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    Damages from a Data Breach: Appeals Court Makes it Easier for Consumers to Sue

    September 25, 2015 by guest

    By CHHS Research Assistant Jules Szanton Imagine this scenario: You read in the paper that a chain department store where you frequently shop has suffered a data breach.  Hackers implanted malware into the company’s payment system, stealing credit card information from millions of the company’s customers.  Since you shop at the ...

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    The 14th Anniversary of 9/11 – Revisiting Mass Transit Suspicionless Counter-Terrorism Stop and Search

    September 22, 2015 by guest

    By CHHS Extern Fangzhou XIE In the wake of the 9/11 attacks, the nation witnessed a burgeoning era of numerous counter-terrorism tactics. Over time, criticisms arose as to whether those precautionary measures truly serve to prevent terrorism, or are merely placebo to calm down unsettling public nerves, and at what cost?  ...

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    Using Information and Communication to Respond to Civil Unrest: Baltimore’s JIC

    September 15, 2015 by guest

    By CHHS Research Assistant Hanna Ernstberger Recent peaceful gatherings outside the Baltimore Circuit Courthouse are a stark comparison to the riots that tore through the city in April. Throughout the past few weeks, protesters have assembled, with little incident, in front of Courthouse East to speak their opinions regarding pre-trial motions ...

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    eLearning for Emergency Response

    August 31, 2015 by Christine Gentry

    Continued training is imperative to maintaining a well-qualified, effective workforce – especially in emergency response fields where best practices evolve with every emergency.  Traditional training programs, however, may not always be the best approach.  Traditional training occurs in person, in real time, and often represents a large investment in paid ...

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    The Role of Police During a Natural Disaster

    August 27, 2015 by Vernon Herron

    Traditional police responsibilities have expanded tremendously since Hurricane Katrina touched down in New Orleans on August 29, 2005. Katrina not only highlighted the need for officials in Louisiana and nationwide to enhance preparedness and coordination efforts, but also emphasized the need for local police to broaden their roles during a ...

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    Federal Disaster Response: Legislative Reforms Since Katrina

    August 26, 2015 by Katarzyna Fertala

    In his final news conference as president in January 2009—three and a half years after Hurricane Katrina—President George W. Bush still faced criticism regarding the federal government’s response to the disaster. “Don’t tell me the federal response was slow when there was 30,000 people pulled off roofs right after the ...

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    Ten Years Later: The Emergency Management Legacy of Hurricane Katrina

    August 25, 2015 by Michael Greenberger

    The silver lining within the tragic events of Hurricane Katrina was the redoubling of federal, state, and local focus on responding to crises that by their devastating nature overwhelm governmental resources. From the 9/11 attacks in 2001 to the Katrina episode in 2005, most emergency management attention was focused on preventing ...

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    Katrina and Interoperable Communications: How far have we come?

    August 24, 2015 by Ben Yelin

    In its “Lessons Learned” document from Hurricane Katrina, the George W. Bush administration noted that although Federal, State, and local agencies had communications plans and assets at the ready, the plans and assets were, “neither sufficient nor adequately integrated to respond effectively to the disaster.” Furthermore, the report stated that ...

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    A Closer Look at FEMA Reimbursement for Civil Unrest Expenses

    August 11, 2015 by guest

    By CHHS Research Assistants Jules Szanton and Elizabeth Millford Last month, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) rejected Maryland’s appeal for $19.4 million in expenses that city and state governments incurred during the civil unrest following the death of Freddie Gray in police custody.  Maryland’s aid application – and the application’s ...

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    Ebola Resurgent in West Africa as Health Authorities Seek Answers and a Vaccine

    July 20, 2015 by guest

    By CHHS Research Assistant Jules Szanton Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone are confronting a resurgence of Ebola after several encouraging months when the virus seemed to be nearly extinguished from West Africa.  Public health experts suspect a number of factors are leading to a rise in the infectious disease.  The resurgence ...

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    How Does King vs Burwell Affect Me?

    July 14, 2015 by guest

    By CHHS Extern Elizabeth Millford This is the question that many Americans are asking themselves after the Supreme Court’s recent ruling on the second major landmark case to challenge President Obama’s 2010 healthcare law. On Thursday June 25, 2015, the Supreme Court revealed its decision on the most recent case involving Obamacare. ...

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    MERS Insurance? A Policymaker’s Tool for Calming Disaster-Related Panic

    July 2, 2015 by guest

    By CHHS Research Assistant Jules Szanton When a country or region is struck by a natural disaster, act of terror, or disease outbreak, it isn’t long until an economic threat rears its head: declining tourist visits. In an era when news travels quickly and tourists have choices, areas that have suffered from ...

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    Tech Corps: FEMA and Private Tech Companies Working Together for Disaster Relief

    July 1, 2015 by guest

    By CHHS Extern Elizabeth Millford Don’t be surprised if you see Google or Microsoft employees working alongside emergency responders the next time a disaster strikes. On June 17 2015, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) hosted a special signing ceremony at their Headquarters in DC, where seven private sector technology companies ...

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    CA Votes to Remove Vaccine Exemptions for School Children

    June 30, 2015 by guest

    By CHHS Research Assistant Maraya Pratt The most recent measles outbreak that occurred at Disneyland last December affected nearly 150 people and subsequently prompted the California Assembly to vote to substantially limit vaccine exemptions for school children. Vaccination rates in California have substantially decreased in recent years as parents have declined ...

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    The Plague: Rare But Not Forgotten in the Public Health World

    June 29, 2015 by Trudy Henson

    When you hear the word plague, it might call to mind images from centuries ago. However, this week the public health world was reminded the past is never quite behind us when a 16-year-old Colorado boy died from a rare strain of septicemic plague. Thought to have been contracted from ...

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    MERS Outbreak Continues to Underscore Need for Vigilance

    June 26, 2015 by Trudy Henson

    Sunday, June 21st, South Korea’s health ministry reported three new cases of Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). The total number of individuals infected is now at 181, and the death toll is at 31. In spite of the three new reported cases, however, there has actually been an overall drop ...

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    Emergency Alerts During Texas Floods – Were They Effective?

    June 17, 2015 by guest

    By CHHS Extern Elizabeth Millford Memorial Day weekend brought a lot more than patriotic celebration to Central Texas. More than four weeks of near-constant rain culminated in a flash flood that devastated towns and homes and ultimately claimed the lives of at least 23 individuals, including many children. In the span ...

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