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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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  • Recovery in Las Vegas: Recommended Strategies Based on Other Attacks

    October 18, 2017 by Christopher Ryan

    Photo Credit: REUTERS/Chris Wattie Survivors, witnesses, loved ones, and other members of the Las Vegas community are already bravely navigating a plethora of evolving challenges to recover from the tragic mass shooting on October 1. Facilitating the recovery will be a major challenge for emergency managers, but they can craft useful strategies ...

  • The Disaster Insurance Disaster

    October 6, 2017 by CHHS RAs

    By CHHS Extern Charles Richardson As new stories push the public’s attention away from the disasters of a hurricane, the people who still live in the impacted areas are left to pick up the pieces. Superstorm Sandy hit in the late fall of 2012 and has left a lasting impact on ...

  • Promise, but Unaddressed Constitutional Concerns in Bipartisan Surveillance Reform Proposal

    October 6, 2017 by Ben Yelin

    In 2013, former NSA contractor Edward J. Snowden revealed a surveillance program that allows for the collection of the content of electronic communications under the authority of Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act of 2008 (“702”). The program ostensibly targets non-U.S. persons located abroad who are have foreign intelligence ...

  • Tragic Deaths Following Hurricane Irma Reinforce Need for Robust Implementation of Health Care Facility Preparedness

    October 2, 2017 by Trudy Henson

    The news of the tragic death of eleven Hollywood, Florida, nursing home patients made headlines, and the investigation into what happened continues to make headlines. The facility, which maintained power but lost air conditioning, eventually ended up evacuating its patients to a nearby hospital, but not before eight patients died, ...

  • The Role of Electronic Health Records When Disaster Comes

    September 28, 2017 by CHHS RAs

    By CHHS Extern Virginia Giannini  What do you do when you receive an evacuation notice? You pack your most valuable belongings, secure the property you are leaving behind and leave on your evacuation route. But like most people, you are probably missing something very valuable: your health information and records. Failure ...

  • Hospital Evacuations During Harvey and Irma

    September 14, 2017 by CHHS RAs

    By CHHS RA Jonathan Lim The news is now dominated by the story that at least eight people died in a Hollywood, Florida nursing home that lost power and air conditioning because of Hurricane Irma. As of the time of this writing, the details of the incident are still forthcoming; however, ...

  • Cybersecurity and the National Infrastructure Advisory Council

    September 14, 2017 by CHHS RAs

    By CHHS Intern Jonathan Lim In August, several members of the President’s National Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIAC) resigned, citing, among other reasons, the current Administration’s lack of attentiveness to Cybersecurity issues, which leave the country’s infrastructure vulnerable. For his part, the President had issued a sweeping Executive Order several months ago, ...

  • The “Uberization” of Rescue: Legal Considerations of Peer-to-Peer Rescues during the Harvey Response

    September 6, 2017 by CHHS RAs

    By CHHS Extern Jesse Cade Photo Credit: ABC13/Twitter Spontaneous volunteers have always been a crucial component of disaster response. Traditionally, these volunteers served in a variety of support roles, while certified and highly trained first responders conducted front-line rescues. However, the specific circumstances and sheer scale of the Hurricane Harvey response caused a ...

  • Hurricane Harvey Series: Emergency Management Issues Reemerge

    September 5, 2017 by Trudy Henson

    In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, news stories abound about ongoing rescue and recovery efforts, efforts to get federal aid, the resilience of communities as citizens return to their cities and homes, and future concerns as Texans look to rebuild. At the same time, the dangers from Harvey are far ...

  • What National Emergency?

    August 24, 2017 by Trudy Henson

    Photo Credit: Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images It’s been two weeks since President Trump said he considered opioid addiction a “national emergency” and was having papers drawn up to that effect. The announcement followed the recommendation of the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis, and was met with approval from ...

  • Presidential Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis

    August 10, 2017 by Trudy Henson

    By CHHS Public Health Director Trudy Henson and RA Bach Nguyen  As both opioid addiction rates and opioid related deaths nationwide continue to increase exponentially, legislators and government officials have taken action both at the state and federal level. Among these efforts is the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and ...

  • Opioid Legislation Update: Seventh Circuit

    August 2, 2017 by CHHS RAs

    By CHHS RA Bach Nguyen Note: This is part of an ongoing series of posts covering recent state legislative efforts to address the nationwide opioid epidemic. The posts are organized by federal judicial circuit, with this post covering the Seventh Circuit. As a reminder, in the federal court system, a circuit ...

  • Overview: Maryland Prescription Drug Monitoring Program

    August 2, 2017 by Michael Tennison

    Deaths from drug overdoses continue to rise across the nation.  From 1999 to 2014, overdose deaths increased nearly three-fold, over 60% of which involved an opioid in 2014. One response, adopted by ...

  • Opioid Legislation Update: Sixth Circuit

    July 27, 2017 by CHHS RAs

    By CHHS RA Bach Nguyen Note: This is part of an ongoing series of posts covering recent state legislative efforts to address the nationwide opioid epidemic. The posts are organized by federal judicial circuit, with this post covering the Sixth Circuit. As a reminder, in the federal court system, a circuit ...

  • Integrating Technology Into Emergency Management

    July 25, 2017 by CHHS RAs

    By CHHS Extern Mark Cather Within the emergency management structure of the United States, emergency preparation and response is typically driven at the local level.  State and federal resources can be requested to augment local resources, but local emergency responders and public officials are the first responders to an incident and ...

  • Opioid Legislation Update: Fifth Circuit

    July 17, 2017 by CHHS RAs

    By CHHS RA Bach Nguyen Note: This is part of an ongoing series of posts covering recent state legislative efforts to address the nationwide opioid epidemic. The posts are organized by federal judicial circuit, with this post covering the Fifth Circuit. As a reminder, in the federal court system, a circuit ...

  • Making Emergency Preparedness Fun

    July 11, 2017 by CHHS RAs

    By CHHS Extern Kyle Cleavenger Hurricane season is here for the East Coast, and now is time for everyone to think about proper preparedness in the event a storm makes landfall. Proper preparation for emergencies can see like a daunting task. It is also difficult to engage the local population in ...

  • Opioid Legislation Update: Third Circuit

    July 7, 2017 by CHHS RAs

    By CHHS RA Bach Nguyen Note: This is part of an ongoing series of posts covering recent state legislative efforts to address the nationwide opioid epidemic. The posts are organized by federal judicial circuit, with this post covering the Third Circuit. As a reminder, in the federal court system, a circuit ...

  • Opioid Legislation Update: Second Circuit

    June 27, 2017 by CHHS RAs

    By CHHS RA Bach Nguyen Note: This is part of an ongoing series of posts covering recent state legislative efforts to address the nationwide opioid epidemic. The posts are organized by federal judicial circuit, with this post covering the Second Circuit. As a reminder, in the federal court system, a circuit ...

  • Opioid Legislation Update: Fourth Circuit

    June 12, 2017 by CHHS RAs

    By CHHS RA Bach Nguyen Note: This is the first in a series of posts covering recent state legislative efforts to address the nationwide opioid epidemic. The posts will be organized by federal judicial circuit, beginning with our home Fourth Circuit, and then proceeding numerically from the First Circuit.   Maryland Governor Larry ...

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