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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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    Efforts to End Terrorism Through Local Communities

    February 11, 2016 by guest

    By CHHS Research Assistant Chaitra Gowda The 15th anniversary of 9/11 is approaching, and every year we are faced with even more terrorism at home and abroad. Over the past year attacks carried out or inspired by ISIS alone have resulted in nearly 1,000 deaths across the world: the most recent ...

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    Helpful Resources on Zika Virus

    February 4, 2016 by Trudy Henson

    On February 2, the New York Times reported that a case of Zika virus had been sexually transmitted in Texas. The first known case of its kind in the U.S., a patient was infected by someone who had traveled in Venezuela. The new case is causing health officials to change their ...

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    Business Preparedness in Annapolis

    February 1, 2016 by Megan Williams

    In a 7.2 square mile area along the Chesapeake Bay and Severn River, the City of Annapolis houses the State Capitol, seat of Anne Arundel County government, and the prestigious United States Naval Academy. The 38,000 residents and 1,000,000 visitors per year enjoy the City’s small businesses and old town ...

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    Zika Alarms Public Health Officials

    January 29, 2016 by Trudy Henson

    It may be hard to think about a warm-weather pest like mosquitos when the region is still digging out from record snowfalls, but that’s exactly what the World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control, and Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA) is asking people to do: focus on the Aedes ...

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    Baltimore’s Preparedness and Response to Historic Snowpocalypse

    January 27, 2016 by guest

    By CHHS Research Assistant Maraya Pratt In anticipation of the predicted blizzard that was to hit Baltimore and surrounding areas this past weekend, Governor Larry Hogan signed an executive order declaring a state of emergency in Maryland starting Friday morning at 7:00 am. The declaration, according to Hogan, was to allow ...

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    Safety Check: Can Facebook’s New Tool Minimize The Problems of Clogged Networks?

    December 4, 2015 by guest

    By CHHS RA Jules Szanton On November 13th, terrorists murdered at least 130 victims in a series of coordinated attacks in Paris, France.  While concerned people around the world learned of the attacks through traditional media sources, millions of social media users learned about the attacks through a more personalized medium: a ...

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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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