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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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  • Preparing for Severe Weather and Climate Change

    March 4, 2014 by Dan Berkman

    This week, March 2-8th, is Severe Weather Preparedness Week. According to NOAA, in 2013 there were seven severe weather and climate disaster events with losses exceeding $1 billion each across the United States.  This large economic impact and potential effect on day-to-day life is becoming the new normal. Many of ...

  • Turn by Turn Navigation – Your GPS Just Turned 25

    February 28, 2014 by Matthias R. Miziorko

    It was twenty five years ago this month that our society began to use the Global Positioning System, or GPS, that we know of today.  The concept of GPS was simple:  to help an individual locate their current location or a target that needs to be identified with great accuracy.  ...

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    National Cybersecurity Framework Calls Attention to Ever-Growing Threat

    February 20, 2014 by CHHS RAs

    By R. Justin Morris, CHHS Research Assistant On Thursday, February 13, 2014 the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) released its highly-anticipated Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity. The framework is a national, voluntary set of standards to help both private and public organizations manage cybersecurity risks. As the discussion ...

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    A Chance to Reevaluate Winter Storm Preparedness and Response

    February 19, 2014 by admin

    By Crystal Schroeder, CHHS Extern On the heels of Winter Storm Leon in Atlanta, Georgia, the city and surrounding counties put their emergency management plan into action for a three-day winter storm beginning February 10, 2014.  Comparing these two reactions demonstrates that emergency response is, at its core, a collection of ...

  • Finding Equilibrium: MARCE 2014 Public Health Preparedness Conference

    February 18, 2014 by Earl Stoddard

    This year’s event focused on the finding the balance between critical biodefense research and protecting the public from any misuse of this research On February 10, 2014, CHHS convened a conference attended by nearly 85 scientists, public health officials, first responders, and the lay public to discuss Dual Use Research of ...

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    Receiving an A+ in Emergency Preparedness is as easy as 1…2…3!

    February 17, 2014 by Mehrab Karim

    Schools – public, private, and independent – have a responsibility to prevent, protect, mitigate, respond, and recover from emergencies and disasters that can affect staff members and students.  As we’ve sadly witnessed from Newtown, Connecticut in 2012 to Moore, Oklahoma in 2013, our schools are susceptible to a wide range ...

  • Interoperability and CHHS

    January 27, 2014 by Lori Romer Stone

    This blog was co-authored by Senior Law and Policy Analyst Christopher Webster, JD. For more than seven years staff members with the Center for Health and Homeland Security (CHHS) have been working on interoperability programs around Maryland to ensure that first responders have the technology, tools, and operational support to do their ...

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    New York Lawsuit Highlights the Importance of Inclusive Planning for People with Disabilities & Access & Other Functional Needs

    January 17, 2014 by Elizabeth Webster

    In 2012, the class of “ who are within the City of New York and the jurisdiction served by the City of New York’s emergency preparedness program and services” was certified in a lawsuit that proceeded against the ...

  • Challenges of Sheltering Animals During Disasters: The Need For Standardized Reporting

    November 22, 2013 by admin

    By Chelsea Person, CHHS Extern After attending the 2013 National Alliance of State Animal and Agricultural Emergency Programs (NASAAEP) Animals in Disaster Summit, I am glad to see there are many resources for animals during disasters. However, I learned that one of the largest draw-backs this area of emergency management still ...

  • The State of Maryland Commits to Improving Emergency Preparedness with Adoption of the Maryland Emergency Preparedness Program

    November 13, 2013 by Elizabeth Webster

    Recently, the State of Maryland strengthened its ongoing commitment to emergency preparedness. On October 29, 2013, Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley signed a new Executive Order to update the State’s preparedness program for homeland security and emergency management, with the goal of leveraging resource data to drive prioritization and investment in ...

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    Hurricane Sandy: Lessons Learned One Year Later

    October 28, 2013 by Matthias R. Miziorko

    It was one year ago this week that Hurricane Sandy made landfall along the eastern seaboard of United States, threatening millions of lives and the economic centerpiece of the nation.  This unique, catastrophic event tested the public safety community from Virginia to Massachusetts with a potpourri of storm surge, inland ...

  • The CyberMaryland Conference on Privacy Versus Protection

    October 24, 2013 by Marissa A. Clark

    Baltimore City welcomed cybersecurity professionals and hobbyists from around the world October 8 – 9 at the third annual CyberMaryland Conference held at the Baltimore Convention Center. CyberMaryland was designed to showcase Maryland’s cybersecurity strengths – and it did just that. Representatives from federal agencies spoke about the benefits of ...

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    Innovations in Emergency Preparedness On the Go

    October 18, 2013 by Danielle Lueking

          Co-Authored by Amanda Eddy, CHHS Research Assistant Our smartphones and tablets are constantly at hand – whether making a call, checking the latest sports score, or catching up on news.  They are a convenient way to stay connected to friends, family and the rest of the world.  But three recent mobile ...

  • Cybersecurity is Everyone’s Responsibility

    October 16, 2013 by Markus Rauschecker

    October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. This month is therefore a good time to be reminded of the importance of securing our cyberspace. It is also an opportunity to educate yourself and others on what issues we face and what we can do to enhance our security. We all know ...

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    New Report Highlights Need for School/Child Care Preparedness

    September 24, 2013 by admin

    By Amanda Eddy, CHHS Research Assistant The start of a new school year often brings excitement for children as they look forward to seeing old friends, meeting new ones, and carefully selecting their outfit for the first day. But for parents, the first day of school can bring fear. Just last ...

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    Executive Forum on Terrorism Trials a Promising First for CHHS

    August 16, 2013 by Heather Shaivitz

    From July 29 – August 2, 2013, CHHS worked with the U.S. Department of State, Office of Antiterrorism Assistance (ATA) on an Executive Forum entitled “Prosecuting Terrorism and Organized Crime in the Philippines.”  Six judges and ten prosecutors representing all regions of the Philippines traveled to Washington, D.C. through an ...

  • Sharing CHHS Experience Across the Globe – Bangalore, India

    August 14, 2013 by Eric Oddo

    On August 6-7, 2013, I attended a workshop in Bangalore, India entitled “Best International Practices in Building Resilient Cities.”  The workshop was organized by the Government of Karnataka in partnership with the Synergia Foundation, a strategic think-tank that works with the public and private sector in the domains of geopolitics, ...

  • New Enemy Sparks Repeat of the 2012 Dual Use Research Debate

    August 10, 2013 by Earl Stoddard

    “Someone doesn’t have to weaponize the bird flu. The birds are doing that.” – Dr. Ellis Cheever, Contagion, 2011 On Tuesday, August 6, the British Medical Journal published the first report of suspected human to human transmission of the newly emerging H7N9 strain of avian influenza. This represents a potentially game-changing turn ...

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    New York Chemical Tests: Public Communication Key

    August 8, 2013 by CHHS RAs

    By Christina Lauderdale, CHHS Extern On June 20, 2013, ten hospitals in Maryland performed a medical surge exercise. Staff members from CHHS developed the scenario and were present at each participating hospital to evaluate how well hospital staff responded to the mock disaster scenario. At certain hospitals, the exercise also included ...

  • ACLU Releases Report Criticizing Police Use of License Plate Readers

    July 31, 2013 by Vernon Herron

    On the heels of the NSA data collection leaks, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has released a report criticizing United States (U.S.) law enforcement agencies for their use of license plate readers as an infringement of privacy. A technology that, for the past several years police departments have used ...

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