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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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    Ebola Outbreak Places Spotlight on Healthcare Worker Concerns, Protocols

    October 21, 2014

    By CHHS Research Assistant Laura Merkey While the Ebola outbreak is a global concern and has sparked collective fear and apprehension, it is undisputed that healthcare workers have suffered great losses and still face the greatest amount of risk.  In the United States (US), two nurses who helped treat Ebola patient ...

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    Your Questions Answered – ‘Does Lysol Kill Ebola Germs?’

    October 21, 2014 by Thomas Cotter

    Through our social media outlets, CHHS called upon followers to present questions on Ebola that could be answered here on our blog.  Our first – ‘Does Lysol Kill Ebola Germs?’ – is answered by Senior Policy Analyst Thomas Cotter, MPH.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gOdFYZlGTGk More information on Lysol, Ebola, transmission of the virus, and CDC ...

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    Cyber Insurance: Minimizing Financial Liability for Cyber Risks

    October 17, 2014

    By CHHS Extern Beryl Harris Considered one of the fastest growing areas of liability insurance, cyber risk insurance has come to the forefront primarily because of the growing number of data security breaches. Managing risks inherent in electronic transactions through insurance is a fairly new concept. Even so, companies both big and ...

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    Arsenal of Legal Tools Available to Combat Ebola in the U.S.

    October 17, 2014 by Amy Major

    This week, 132 passengers who had traveled on a Frontier Airlines flight from Cleveland to Dallas-Fort Worth received word that a passenger on the plane, Amber Vinson, had tested positive for Ebola. Vinson, a nurse who had helped care for Thomas Eric Duncan while he was being treated at Texas ...

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    Quarantine and Isolation, an (Almost) Timeless Tool in Combating Communicable Disease

    October 15, 2014

    Co-authored by CHHS Public Health Program Manager Trudy Henson, JD, and CHHS Research Assistant Andrew Geltman Laws on quarantine and isolation are nothing new in the United States. However, at the time of the country’s founding, quarantine and isolation authority was viewed primarily as the responsibility of local and state governments. ...

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    Preparing Health Care Workers for Ebola – From Janitors to Nurses

    October 15, 2014 by Trudy Henson

    The announcement that a second healthcare worker in Texas has been diagnosed with Ebola comes on the heels of a concerning statistic: three out of four nurses in the U.S. are saying they haven’t received proper education from their hospital on an Ebola response. Thirty percent say they don’t believe their hospitals have sufficient supplies, such ...

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    Government Investments Pay Dividends In Fight Against Ebola

    October 14, 2014

    By CHHS Research Assistant Andrew Geltman The Ebola epidemic has claimed the lives of thousands of people and is so widespread that some have speculated it could lead to the collapse of the Liberian state. The crisis has demonstrated the importance of having effective countermeasures to virulent diseases. Without countermeasures, Ebola’s death rate can be as high ...

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    A Difference of Degrees

    October 13, 2014 by Trudy Henson

    As news spread that a Texas healthcare worker had contracted Ebola when treating Thomas Eric Duncan, the CDC announced that the United States (US) needs to re-think its infection controls. The healthcare worker likely contracted the virus during a breach in protocols, although the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is ...

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    Rising Sea-Level an Unsung Threat to Coastal Area Critical Infrastructure

    October 9, 2014

    By CHHS Research Assistant R. Justin Morris In the past few years, the need for critical infrastructure protection from terrorist threats has been a talking point among politicians and security experts regularly. The discussion gained momentum last year after individuals attacked an electric power station in the San Francisco Bay Area. ...

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    Increase Awareness this Month, For Personal and Community Cybersecurity

    October 6, 2014 by Markus Rauschecker

    October marks Cybersecurity Awareness Month. For the past 11 years, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has used this month to engage and educate the public about cyber threats and how to protect against them. Everyone has become more cognizant of the many cyber risks we face over the past ...

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    Ebola is Here: Now What?

    October 2, 2014 by Trudy Henson

    With the first case of Ebola confirmed in Dallas, Texas, the deadly virus has officially come to the United States. Although thought of as inevitable by some, the case raises a number of questions: Are traveling screening protocols sufficient? Did the hospital initially drop the ball by releasing the patient ...

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    California’s Earthquake Raises Awareness, Highlights Room for Improvement

    September 23, 2014

    By CHHS Research Assistant Laura Merkey California’s 6.0 magnitude earthquake, which rocked the Napa Valley region last August, has created economic losses of up to $1 billion. It was the strongest earthquake that the region has experienced in over 25 years. Destruction included ruptured gas and water mains, demolished homes and ...

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    A Clearer Picture of the Islamic State’s Threat

    September 17, 2014

    By CHHS Research Assistant Timothy Rice In an unusually rapid escalation of perceived strength, the Islamic State (IS) has graduated from a mere “jayvee team” of terrorists, as President Obama described IS in January of this year, to join Al Qaeda in the big leagues. Months after his comment, the U.S. government began ...

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    Regardless of International Public Health Emergency Declaration Decision, U.S. Should Remain Vigilant in Preparing for Ebola

    August 7, 2014 by Trudy Henson

    As the Ebola outbreak death toll rises to over 900 people, the World Health Organization (WHO) leaders are convening an emergency meeting to address what could become a much larger outbreak of the virus. In the U.S., the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has moved to a Level ...

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    Resiliency is the Name of the Game

    August 6, 2014

    By CHHS Research Assistant Mona Qureshi Sea levels have risen an average 8 inches in the past century, leaving American cities struggling to keep their heads above water. Yet outdated, quick fixes to curb flooding and other disasters across the country continue to be used today. Recognizing the overwhelming costs of ...

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    CDC Under Fire for Failing to Heed Warnings of Lack of Safety in Bioterror Labs

    July 28, 2014

    By CHHS Research Assistant Andrew Geltman Call it an educated prediction, keen foresight, or just a good guess, the Center for Health and Homeland Security (CHHS) has been warning about the potential dangers of mishandled bacterial and viral agents at our nation’s bioterrorism research facility since 2009 when Founder and Director ...

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    Campus Security Exercises Helping CHHS’ Homebase Prepare for the Worst

    July 23, 2014 by Eric Oddo

    CHHS is in the midst of a year-long campus security assessment of the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB), our homebase. Primary UMB partners within this project are the University Police Force and Environmental Health and Safety.  The fundamental objectives are to review, revise, and test the emergency operating and continuity ...

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    Cyber Security Concerns Clash with Privacy Protections; the Latest Battle Will Play Out in the U.S. Senate

    July 18, 2014

    By CHHS Research Assistant Laura Merkey On June 17, 2014, California Senator and Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Dianne Feinstein released a draft of the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA), drafted in collaboration with Committee Vice Chairman Saxby Chambliss.  As Senator Feinstein’s website explains, the bill is aimed at creating incentives for ...

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    Cybersecurity Deficit Creates Employment Opportunity for the Future

    July 11, 2014

    By CHHS Research Assistant R. Justin Morris “There are two kinds of big companies in the United States: those who’ve been hacked by the Chinese and those who don’t yet know that they’ve been hacked by the Chinese.” This statement by FBI Director James Comey to a Senate Judiciary Committee earlier ...

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    World Cup Security Woes Spurs Crowd-Sourced Innovation

    July 7, 2014

    By CHHS Research Assistant Laura Merkey Hosting a World Cup is expensive – among other costs, the infrastructure and security needed to prepare the 12 host cities for the roughly 800,000 fans expected to flood into Brazil this summer has cost the country a stunning $11.3 billion dollars.  To further complicate ...