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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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    The BP oil spill and private sector disaster preparedness

    June 14, 2010 by Jessica Hurst

    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 Adam Coleman

    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 Preeti Emrick

    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 Adam Coleman

    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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    Why emergency managers should 'like' Facebook's new 'Like' button

    April 23, 2010 by Nick Alexopulos

    There’s a new networking tool that could prove vital for government officials and emergency managers who want important information to reach a lot more people. Facebook unveiled its ‘Like’ button this week, which, in short, gives users the potential to ‘like’ anything on the internet. Yup. Anything. Web developers just ...

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    Polk Award for 60 Minutes story “The Price of Oil” featuring Professor Greenberger

    February 22, 2010 by Nick Alexopulos

    CBS News reporter Steve Kroft and producer Leslie Cockburn have been honored with the 2009 George Polk Award for National Television Reporting for “The Price of Oil,” a January 2009 “60 Minutes” story that explained how Wall Street speculation rather than supply and demand very likely drove record price fluctuations ...

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    Students take part in CHHS-led discussion on counter-terrorism

    January 29, 2010 by Nick Alexopulos

    On January 16, 2010, CHHS Senior Law & Policy Analysts Robin Clark and Mike Vesely offered their expertise on terrorism and counter-terrorism for students participating in the Lancaster County Virginia Education Foundation academic forum. James M. Alga, CPA, the forum chair, sent CHHS Director Michael Greenberger a letter following the ...

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    Haiti earthquake: CHHS applauds first responders

    January 21, 2010 by Alexandra Podolny

    On January 12, a powerful earthquake devastated the city of Port-au-Prince, Haiti and its surrounding communities. This is an unimaginable tragedy that has captured the world’s attention. CHHS applauds the efforts of the many first responders, from Haiti and abroad, who have once again answered the call for ...

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    CHHS supporting repatriation of citizens returning from Haiti

    January 21, 2010 by admin

    The Maryland Department of Human Resources (DHR) in cooperation with the Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), leads efforts to support the repatriation of American Citizens as they arrive in Maryland. Through its staff on long term assignment to DHR, CHHS is supporting repatriation activities in Maryland related to the crisis ...

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    MARCE conference addresses public health response to biological emergencies

    November 30, 2009 by admin

    The Middle Atlantic Regional Center of Excellence for Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases Research (MARCE) represents a consortium of 45 scientists from 15 research institutions located in the Northeast United States who collaborate to research and develop new or improved therapeutic, vaccine, or diagnostic products that can be used by ...

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    Maryland state agencies bolster COOP plans in wake of H1N1

    November 25, 2009 by Preeti Emrick

    The recent events surrounding the H1N1 virus demonstrated the necessity for preparing plans for continuing government operations and services during catastrophic events. Pandemic influenza has the potential of placing a tremendous strain on both state and local government workforces. In light of this threat, Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley ...

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    COOP plans tested for MoCo municipalities

    November 24, 2009 by Jillian Williams

    This week, CHHS exercised Continuity of Operations plans that they created for municipalities in Montgomery County as well as the Montgomery County side of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission. These exercises were the product of a contract held by the Center to produce more than 50 COOP plans for ...

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    Baltimore UASI successfully completes its participation in FEMA's Cost-to-Capabilities Pilot Phase II

    November 16, 2009 by Anthony Villa

    An important part of the Center’s work is program management for the Baltimore Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI). The Baltimore UASI consists of Baltimore City, the city of Annapolis, and Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford, and Howard counties (all in Maryland), and is a grant award recipient in DHS/FEMA’s ...

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    Howard County COOP makes strong progress

    November 12, 2009 by Eric Oddo

    Under the guidance and leadership of County Executive Ken Ulman, Chief Administrative Officer Lonnie Robbins, and COOP Program Managers Lois Miller and Ryan Miller, CHHS staffers Eric Oddo and Angelique So continue to make strong progress in the development of comprehensive Continuity of Operations (COOP) plans for all Howard County, ...

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    WMD recommendations turn to action-items

    November 6, 2009 by admin

    Last year, the bi-partisan Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism provided the grave warning that “unless the world community acts decisively and with great urgency, it is more likely than not that a weapon of mass destruction will be used in a terrorist attack ...

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    CCTV presentation at Case Western conference

    October 22, 2009 by Aileen Xenakis

    On October 22, 2009, I traveled to beautiful Cleveland, Ohio, to make a presentation on Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) programs – and to take in the fall foliage.  Professor Robert Strassfeld, director of the Center for Global Security Law and Policy at Case Western Reserve University School of Law, hosted ...

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    Differing expectations for D.C.’s H1N1 response analysis

    October 16, 2009 by Clark Lee

    The novel H1N1 (swine) influenza presents a new threat to public health and safety that provides excellent opportunities for CHHS to work in both health and homeland security simultaneously with old and new clients. One such opportunity arose recently when the District of Columbia Department of Health contracted CHHS to assist ...

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    New faces at CHHS

    October 14, 2009 by admin

    With all of the exciting work we have going on at CHHS, the Center is going through what you might call a “growth spurt” – we are hiring new employees left and right, and I am one of them.  It’s been six weeks since I started and so far, I ...

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    Building on biosecurity testimony

    October 14, 2009 by admin

      The fear that the anthrax attacks stirred in the fall of 2001 is not a distant memory to political leaders on Capitol Hill. On Sept. 22, 2009, Michael Greenberger, founder and director of CHHS,  delivered testimony on the prescient issues of biosecurity and governance of our Nation’s high containment laboratories ...

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    A new partnership

    October 13, 2009 by Lori Romer Stone

    CHHS has gained a valuable partner in Towson University (my alma mater) for its work on Maryland’s two resource management projects for the FY08 Regional Catastrophic Preparedness Grant Program. Towson’s Center for GIS (CGIS) will be working with us on what we call Project 6: Key Resources. For those unfamiliar ...

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