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    Striving for Community Resilience and Cultivating Partnerships: An Overview of the National Strategy for Counterterrorism

    August 9, 2011 by admin

    It is now the year 2011.  Ten years ago, on September 11, the U.S. encountered terrorism of historical proportions as al Qa’ida attacked several prominent sites in the United States, affecting everyone in our Nation in some way.  But these attacks did not shatter the American will and spirit.  Since ...

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    The Costs of Cutting Disease Surveillance Programs

    August 9, 2011 by admin

    In a decade where the term ‘every penny counts’ could not be more appropriate, our governments, at local, state and federal levels, are faced with making tough decisions.  Legislators walk a fine line between balancing the budget and acting in the best interest of their constituents.  The difficult task for ...

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    The Pros and Cons of SMS/Text Alert Notification Systems

    July 25, 2011 by admin

    Last week, Baltimore City launched a new text and email alert system that will provide important alerts for issues related to public safety and crime.  According to Baltimore City Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake, “his new system is an important addition to our efforts to improve transparency and communication with the ...

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    Afghanistan Troop Draw-Down: Shift from Counter-Insurgency to Counter-Terrorism?

    July 18, 2011 by admin

    On June 22, President Barack Obama announced that 10,000 of the 33,000 surge troops that were deployed in 2009 to augment U.S. military operations in Afghanistan would be withdrawn by the end of this year.  This will be followed by the withdrawal of all surge troops by the end ...

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    Security Breach at Our Airports

    July 2, 2011 by admin

    Jophan Porter, a 38-year old flight attendant for American Eagle Airlines, was recently arrested for carrying phony identification, including a fraudulent passport, and charged with six counts of identity theft, three counts of forgery, and three counts of possessing stolen driver’s licenses. Porter, who is a native of Guyana, was ...

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    Mandatory Immunizations for Health Care Workers: The good, the bad and the ugly

    June 14, 2011 by admin

    In the famous words, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”, our founding father Benjamin Franklin demonstrates his knowledge of principles that would develop the infrastructure of public health preparedness centuries later. During the beginning of the 20th century, infectious diseases such as smallpox, diphtheria, pertussis, ...

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    Terror Risk Confronting Airlines and Countries

    June 13, 2011 by admin

    The most critical breach of security that airlines are faced with today is not the passengers who might smuggle weapons or explosives onto planes,  but rather, the passengers who have cleared the Nation’s document screening process with a fraudulently obtained passport or other international identity document.  Interpol‘s Secretary General, Ronald ...

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    E. coli Outbreak – What You Should Know

    June 6, 2011 by admin

     As of June 3, 2011, more than 10 European nations were simultaneously experiencing outbreaks of enterohemorrhagic E. coli, EHEC, causing significant numbers of illnesses and major economic impacts to the affected nations. Although work is ongoing to characterize the particularly virulent strain of E. coli O104 causing the outbreak and ...

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    Now That Osama bin Laden is Dead, Have We Won the War on Terror?

    May 13, 2011 by admin

    The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 marked the beginning of the Nation’s declared “War on Terror,” and as the mastermind of those attacks, Osama bin Laden became the world’s most wanted terrorist. Following the 9/11 attacks, federal, state, and local government agencies emphasized the improvement and revision of ...

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    Japan’s Aging Population: What Emergency Response Lessons Will We Learn From the Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami?

    March 24, 2011 by admin

    The rescue of an 80-year-old grandmother and her teenage grandson from the kitchen of their apartment is a bright spot in otherwise bleak accounts of the Tohoku earthquake and resulting tsunami aftermath. The average age of the more than 9,000 dead is 68-years-old, and providing adequate care for surviving elderly ...

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    Japan’s Cascading Incidents and Overlapping Crises: A Case for All-Hazards and Multi-Partner Planning

    March 22, 2011 by Clark Lee

    The unprecedented scale of the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan, frankly speaking, were among many things that happened that had not been anticipated under our disaster management contingency plans. In hindsight, we could have moved a little quicker in assessing the situation and coordinating all that information and provided ...

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    Effectiveness of Redundant Systems Remains Uncertain at Japanese Reactor

    March 14, 2011 by CHHS RAs

      by Oleg Pelekhaty In the wake of Japan’s largest recorded earthquake and subsequent tsunami, Japanese nuclear energy officials continue to grapple with the increasingly serious situation at the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant. The situation highlights the importance of multiple redundancies and the utility of adopting an all-hazards approach to planning ...

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    Google People Finder Records Tracks Thousands within Hours of Japan Earthquake

    March 11, 2011 by admin

    Within 2.5 hours of the massive 8.9 magnitude earthquake that struck Japan on Mar. 11, Google had its Person Finder application actively running. As we watched the site over the course of an hour, the number of people tracked went from 5,000 to 7,200. Google provides its Person Finder as ...

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    Silver Lining: Effective Hazard Mitigation Lessens Damage from Japanese Quake

    March 11, 2011 by admin

    “The headline you won’t be reading: ‘Millions saved in Japan by good engineering and government building codes’. But it’s the truth.” This was written by Twitter user Dave Ewing in response to the 8.9 magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami that shook Japan on Friday.  While the aftermath is devastating, and the ...

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    Israel Mulls Google Street View

    February 24, 2011 by Trudy Henson

    If you’ve ever ‘Google Street-Viewed’ your home and felt weird that people could see the car in your driveway, you’re not alone. Monday, Israel announced despite reservations it would work with Google Inc. to find a way to safely implement the service Google Street View. Israeli officials are reluctant to allow ...

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    Project on National Security Reform Study Stresses Collaborative Approach

    February 16, 2011 by admin

      We shouldn’t just give our people a government that’s more affordable. We should give them a government that’s more competent and more efficient. We can’t win the future with a government of the past. Those lines from President Barack Obama’s State of the Union in the evening of January 25, 2011 ...

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    2011 MARCE Conference Promises a Robust Vaccine Policy Discussion

    January 28, 2011 by Trudy Henson

    In his blog post about the 2011 MARCE Conference on Legal, Ethical, and Policy Challenges of Vaccination, Earl Stoddard outlined recent milestones and controversies in the vaccination field. Michael Willrich’s editorial “Why Parents Fear the Needle” addresses one of facet of this controversy—the public’s century-long resistance to mandatory vaccination—and why ...

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    Recap: CHHS Director, Staff, Take Center Stage at Maryland Governor’s Forum on Public Safety

    January 26, 2011 by Eric Oddo

    On January 13, 2011, CHHS Director Michael Greenberger and CHHS staffers Robin Clark, Emily Cornette, Dave McDonough, Eric Oddo, and Lori Stone took part in Governor Martin O’Malley’s Public Safety and Security Forum at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis. The forum brought together an enthusiastic collection of local, state, ...

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    National Oil Spill Commission Report: Preparedness and Response Planning Shared Responsibility between Government and Industry

    January 26, 2011 by admin

    “In effect, our nation was entirely unprepared for an inevitable disaster,” said William K. Reilly, co-chair of the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling. While a great deal of the Commission’s report, released January 11, focuses on the safety measures needed to overcome science ...

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    Suspicious Packages: Not Bombs, but Still Volatile

    January 26, 2011 by Ellen Cornelius

    On January 6, 2011, two suspicious packages were sent through the U.S. Mail to Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley and Maryland Secretary of Transportation Beverley K. Swaim-Staley. Upon opening, both packages produced odors, flames, and smoke. Unfortunately, automatic opening devices were not utilized, and the postal workers who opened the packages ...

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