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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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    New FEMA Guidance Signals Shift in Sheltering Mindset

    November 16, 2010 by admin

    Following a build-up of public comments by Administrator Fugate stressing the need for inclusive planning, FEMA officially released its “Functional Needs Support Services Guidance” (FNSS Guidance) on November 3, 2010. Over the past year, FEMA has been introducing the guidance to various state and local agencies at invitation only events ...

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    Crisis in Haiti: Cholera, Elections, and Economics

    November 10, 2010 by admin

    International public health responders were once confident that the recent outbreak of cholera could be controlled through use of an aggressive education effort, expanded water decontamination, and medical treatment. Unfortunately, it has become increasingly evident that they are mistaken. The number of cases of cholera has reached more than 9,000 ...

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    Cholera Outbreak Emphasizes Need to Rebuild Haiti's Critical Infrastructure

    October 26, 2010 by admin

    As if the massive earthquake of January 2010 that struck the poor island nation of Haiti were not enough, the displaced residents in and around the capital city of Port-Au-Prince have a new enemy. As of October 25, 2010, an outbreak of cholera, an intestinal bacterial disease that can lead to ...

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    Telework in COOP Plans Helps Government Keep on Truckin’

    October 12, 2010 by admin

    By Adrian Wilairat Late last month, federal employees around the nation received a long-overdue gift: news that they’d soon be working under a federal telework policy. Through the Sept. 30 passage of the Telework Improvements Act of 2010, Congress will require every executive branch agency to implement a policy through which eligible ...

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    Please Stand By: An Uncertain Future for a Nationwide Interoperability Network

    October 7, 2010 by admin

    Last month, the New York Times highlighted an important and timely issue facing public safety organizations on a local, state, and national level: the need for a single nationwide public safety radio system. The article highlights the current ongoing debate over a portion of radio spectrum called the “D Block,” which ...

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    Notebooks and Notification: New Campus Security Regulations Take Effect

    August 23, 2010 by admin

    A college campus is run much like a small city: governed by its own leaders with its own rules and regulations. And much like a city, enforcing those rules and regulations is the responsibility of a police department, sometimes made up of dozens of officers at larger schools. Ensuring the ...

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    Emergency Managers: It’s OK to be a "Follower" on Twitter

    August 17, 2010 by admin

    Warning: numbers ahead. As part of the American Red Cross Emergency Social Data Summit on August 12, physical attendees and virtual attendees took part in an hour-long Twitter chat to discuss a myriad of complex issues concerning the role of social networking information-gathering in emergency management. One of the most important, ...

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    FEMA to Radios: Where Do You See Yourself In 10 Years?

    August 16, 2010 by admin

        Recipients of FEMA’s Interoperable Emergency Communications Grant Program (IECGP) funds for FY2010 could be in for a surprise this year: jurisdictions that apply to receive funds to purchase equipment must also write and submit a Communications System Lifecycle Plan (CSLP). This plan should outline the six phases of the lifecycle ...

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    Hitchhiker’s Guide to Emergency Evacuation: Accounting for the Transportation Disadvantaged in Emergency Planning

    August 11, 2010 by CHHS RAs

    By Gregory Sunshine CHHS Research Assistant, summer 2010 Shortly after Hurricane Katrina, I took part in several rebuilding trips to the Gulf Coast. On my first trip to New Orleans, I found a box containing waterlogged wedding memorabilia belonging to the elderly woman who owned the house I was working on. She ...

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    When to Use Reverse 911: A Cost-Benefit Analysis

    August 10, 2010 by CHHS RAs

    By Andrew Bennett CHHS Research Assistant, summer 2010 A mother wakes up at 3:30 a.m. and, on the way to the bathroom, peeks her head into her fourteen-year-old son’s bedroom to check on him. As her eyes adjust to the dark she realizes her son is not in his bed. She feels ...

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    HIV/AIDS assistance can’t meet demand

    July 28, 2010 by CHHS RAs

    By Melissa Kim CHHS Research Assistant, summer 2010 HIV and AIDS made headlines back in the early 1980s when doctors discovered that HIV was being transferred through blood donations. At the time, being infected with HIV was a death sentence, and the number of deaths from HIV and AIDS continuously increased until ...

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    Lessons Learned as Unused H1N1 Vaccines Expire

    July 23, 2010 by CHHS RAs

    By Meaghan McCann CHHS Research Assistant, summer 2010 There is a surprising addition to list of lessons learned from the U.S. response to the 2009 H1N1 outbreak: sometimes being over-prepared has its own risks. As of July 2010, more than 40 million doses of swine flu vaccine have expired and 30 million more ...

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    Ham Radios: Salt-Cured Interoperability

    July 22, 2010 by admin

    Today, technology – cell phones, e-mail, social media, etc. – provides abundant opportunities for people to communicate instantly with one another. General information sharing, planning, and coordination occur seamlessly on a daily basis. These modes of daily correspondence might appear sufficient to sustain communication between individuals during and after an ...

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    PS-Prep: Better late than never for private sector preparedness

    July 13, 2010 by admin

    The tragedy of the BP oil spill has prompted lawmakers and leaders in emergency management to renew the call for private sector preparedness that emerged after the 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina catastrophes. Recall the 9/11 Commission’s original recommendation that private sector organizations adopt voluntary preparedness standards; or President Bush’s Directive, ...

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    Nuclear alert sirens fall short for the deaf and hard of hearing

    July 13, 2010 by CHHS RAs

    By Gregory Sunshine CHHS Research Assistant, summer 2010 In the event of a radiological emergency, people who live within a 10-mile radius of nuclear power plants will hear a system of sirens sound the alert.  However, for their deaf and hard of hearing neighbors, the sound of the sirens alone provides no warning ...

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    Preparedness, prevention, and pertussis

    July 9, 2010 by CHHS RAs

    By Melissa Kim CHHS Research Assistant, summer 2010 After 910 confirmed cases and the deaths of five infants, California declared an epidemic of whooping cough, also known as pertussis, on June 23.  With 600 more possible cases under investigation and the expected peak still to come in July or August, this could be ...

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    The BP oil spill and private sector disaster preparedness

    June 14, 2010 by admin

    Nearly two months into the devastating British Petroleum oil spill, the incident has released a public and political flood of anger and pointed questions regarding the responsibility of private entities to take on effective disaster preparedness, particularly when the consequences of a disaster have widespread public ramifications. Involving the private sector ...

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    Oil, Emergencies, and Lawyers – What's next in the Gulf Catastrophe

    June 4, 2010 by admin

    Earlier today, BP officials expressed cautious optimism regarding their latest attempt to stem the flow of oil from a blown out well a mile below the surface of the Gulf of Mexico. Of course, even if the so-called “top hat” procedure is deemed a success, an untold amount of ...

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    What earlier hurricane watches and warnings mean for the public

    May 25, 2010 by admin

    As National Hurricane Preparedness Week continues on, it is important to highlight some of the changes the National Hurricane Center has made to increase the preparedness and safety of the public. Effective May 15, 2010, watches and warnings for hurricanes and tropical storms along threatened coastal areas will be ...

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    The importance of effective information sharing

    May 5, 2010 by admin

    FEMA’s Regional Catastrophic Preparedness Grant Program (RCPG), not surprisingly, provides grant funding to selected urban areas across the country to improve catastrophic preparedness capabilities. CHHS is fortunate to be working on two RCPG projects for the National Capital Region (NCR), which, for this purpose, consists of Maryland, D.C., Virginia, ...

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