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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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    2011 MARCE Conference Scope and Objectives

    January 26, 2011 by admin

    The environment and social acceptance of vaccination is constantly shifting. Recently, however, a number of high profile events have made the landscape even more tumultuous. Events including the Whooping Cough outbreaks in California, the challenges in both logistics and acceptance in delivery of the H1N1 vaccine last year, the recent court ...

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    Why CHHS Clients Should Care About CEM

    January 25, 2011 by admin

    I spent the past three years pursuing the professional certification “CEM” from the International Association of Emergency Managers. The CEM is a certified emergency manager and is the highest and most distinguished certification available to emergency managers. So why did my pursuit take three years, you ask? Well, even to be ...

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    After Tucson: Revisiting Town Hall Meeting Security Measures

    January 11, 2011 by admin

    In the wake of the shooting that occurred on January 8 at an Arizona Safeway, legislators across the country are left questioning their current security measures when holding public town hall meetings. The alleged shooter in custody targeted United States Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and killed a federal Judge who was ...

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    Metro’s Random Bag Searches: Reasonableness, Randomness, and “Security Theater”

    January 7, 2011 by Markus Rauschecker

    In December, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) began a program of randomly inspecting rider bags. The program has stirred up much debate, as opponents question the constitutionality of the program, raise concerns that the program may lead to racial profiling, and argue that it is simply ineffective in ...

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    Holiday Travel Tips from CHHS, Part 2: the Security Line & Trip Home

    December 21, 2010 by admin

    So you are all packed and ready to go – but just because you packed smart (i.e., didn’t pack prohibited items, and packed in an organized way that allows the TSA scanners to determine what is actually in your bag), you’re not necessarily in the clear. No matter what, you still ...

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    Holiday Travel Tips from CHHS, Part 1: Tickets & Packing

    December 16, 2010 by admin

    There is no place like home for the holidays, and for many Americans, myself included, getting “home” involves getting on an airplane. Airport war-stories may be fun to swap over turkey and pie, but wouldn’t you rather avoid getting into those stressful situations in the first place? Here are some ...

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    Lingering Effects: the Recession and Emergency Food Distribution During Disasters

    December 13, 2010 by CHHS RAs

    By Rianna Brown CHHS Research Assistant, fall 2010 Did you know the recession is over? A few short months ago we learned that the nation's recession, one of the most severe economic crises since the Great Depression, was finally over. In fact, according to the National Bureau of Economic Research, it ended ...

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    Baltimore Fires Serve as Reminder that COOP Planning is Critical

    December 7, 2010 by admin

    Two massive, five-alarm fires in Baltimore City shut down traffic, displaced workers and kept fire fighters busy for one long, cold night this week. The first fire started on “The Block” at 3:30 p.m. on Dec. 6, requiring the evacuation of private business and government employees, and even swept close ...

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    Sleepiness and Fatigue Management in Emergency Response Personnel

    December 6, 2010 by Clark Lee

    Emergency response providers constitute an occupational group that is particularly vulnerable to the effects of sleepiness and fatigue. Considering the work they do, such a vulnerability poses significant risks to the health and safety of the responders themselves and of the general public. The development and implementation of fatigue management ...

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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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