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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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  • CDC Under Fire for Failing to Heed Warnings of Lack of Safety in Bioterror Labs

    July 28, 2014 by admin

    By CHHS Research Assistant Andrew Geltman Call it an educated prediction, keen foresight, or just a good guess, the Center for Health and Homeland Security (CHHS) has been warning about the potential dangers of mishandled bacterial and viral agents at our nation’s bioterrorism research facility since 2009 when Founder and Director ...

  • Campus Security Exercises Helping CHHS’ Homebase Prepare for the Worst

    July 23, 2014 by Eric Oddo

    CHHS is in the midst of a year-long campus security assessment of the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB), our homebase. Primary UMB partners within this project are the University Police Force and Environmental Health and Safety.  The fundamental objectives are to review, revise, and test the emergency operating and continuity ...

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    Cyber Security Concerns Clash with Privacy Protections; the Latest Battle Will Play Out in the U.S. Senate

    July 18, 2014 by admin

    By CHHS Research Assistant Laura Merkey On June 17, 2014, California Senator and Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Dianne Feinstein released a draft of the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA), drafted in collaboration with Committee Vice Chairman Saxby Chambliss.  As Senator Feinstein’s website explains, the bill is aimed at creating incentives for ...

  • Cybersecurity Deficit Creates Employment Opportunity for the Future

    July 11, 2014 by admin

    By CHHS Research Assistant R. Justin Morris “There are two kinds of big companies in the United States: those who’ve been hacked by the Chinese and those who don’t yet know that they’ve been hacked by the Chinese.” This statement by FBI Director James Comey to a Senate Judiciary Committee earlier ...

  • World Cup Security Woes Spurs Crowd-Sourced Innovation

    July 7, 2014 by admin

    By CHHS Research Assistant Laura Merkey Hosting a World Cup is expensive – among other costs, the infrastructure and security needed to prepare the 12 host cities for the roughly 800,000 fans expected to flood into Brazil this summer has cost the country a stunning $11.3 billion dollars.  To further complicate ...

  • Text to 9-1-1 Provides Additional Public Safety Contact Method Where Available

    June 9, 2014 by admin

    It’s not a surprising number from the National Emergency Number Association: 70 to 80 percent of the calls that most of the 9-1-1 centers across the country now receive are from mobile phones. And as more and more people give up their home landlines and rely exclusively on mobile phones ...

  • State Public Safety Technology Forums: A First Step in Keeping Marylanders Safe

    April 30, 2014 by admin

    Working with Maryland’s Statewide Interoperability Office, the CHHS staffers that make up the Maryland Broadband Team played a key role in three recent public safety forums that helped spread the word about the State’s progress with its public safety technology programs and how agencies around the State can get involved. ...

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    Global Public Health Update: MERS becoming a SARS redux?

    April 24, 2014 by admin

    May 6, 2014 Update – More Frightening Developments… and Some Hope On Friday, May 2, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) published the first confirmed report of a MERS-CoV infection in the United States. The patient was discovered in Indiana on April 24 after returning from a trip to ...

  • The Debate on Compulsory Vaccination: Give Me Liberty or Give Me Disease

    April 10, 2014 by admin

    In 1998, Andrew Wakefield and twelve co-authors published an article in the highly regarded scientific journal, The Lancet, associating the combined Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) vaccine with gastrointestinal issues that could, in turn cause a type of autism.  The retrospective study focused on twelve English children post MMR vaccination ...

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    Personal Medical Records Availability Key Following Disaster

    April 9, 2014 by admin

    By Bonnie Portis, CHHS Extern  After action reports stemming from both natural and man-made disasters over the past decade have demonstrated a recurring problem – the inability of medical providers to ensure adequate continuity of care for hospital patients and those who have chronic health conditions or other functional needs when ...

  • Montgomery County Family Reunification Exercise

    March 31, 2014 by Maggie Davis

    When a major disaster strikes a community, there are more than just first responder rescue efforts to consider.  Notification and reunification of family members during and after a mass casualty event is a key part of emergency management, requiring many different organizations to work together in order to address the ...

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    Emergency Preparedness Summit in D.C. Focuses on Critical Role of Faith-Based Organizations

    March 27, 2014 by Eric Oddo

    On March 26, 2014, I had the pleasure of serving as a guest speaker at a Faith-Based Emergency Preparedness Summit at Trinity Washington University entitled “Faith-in-Action.” The Summit was organized and facilitated by ServeDC, whose mission is to engage District of Columbia (D.C.) communities by building partnerships and organizational capacity, and ...

  • Federal Officials Propose New Rule to Bolster Emergency Preparedness for Health Care Facilities

    March 24, 2014 by admin

    Recently, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services proposed extensive new emergency preparedness requirements for American health care facilities. Describing emergency preparedness as an “urgent public health issue,” the proposed rule outlines new requirements designed to prevent the types of severe disruptions to health care that followed the 9/11 attacks, ...

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    Pharmacists & Emergency Preparedness

    March 20, 2014 by admin

    By Amond Uwadineke, CHHS Extern  When you think of emergency preparedness, do you think of the role that a pharmacist could play in a disaster? Why would we want our local Rite Aid or Walgreens pharmacist to be involved in emergency preparedness? It may be surprising to you, but the unique skills that ...

  • The Economic Toll of Harsh Winter Weather

    March 18, 2014 by admin

    Snow days were the best when I was growing up in Milwaukee Wisconsin (where they get “real” winters more often than not).  We would build forts as tall as adults and trudge home hours later for hot chocolate and cartoons.  Fast forward decades and travel across country to Maryland, and ...

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    Storm Camp: A Fun Way to Help Kids Prepare for Natural Disasters

    March 5, 2014 by Maggie Davis

    Preparing Kids for Severe Weather Severe storms and natural disasters can be very frightening for kids, especially if they are unsure of what to do during these weather events.  Including kids in storm preparedness activities and talking to them about their fears of a storm can help them cope during a ...

  • Preparing for Severe Weather and Climate Change

    March 4, 2014 by admin

    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 admin

    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 ...

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