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    EMAP Proves Invaluable as Method of Standardization for Emergency Management Programs

    July 26, 2013 by Katarzyna Fertala

    Lisa Crow also contributed to this blog Recent major national emergency events, including Hurricane Sandy, the Boston Marathon bombing, and wildfires across western states, remind us that the need for robust emergency management programs certainly continues to exist ubiquitously.  However, considering that each of these events spanned multiple jurisdictions, building an ...

  • While Not an International Public Health Emergency – Proactive Measures Can Still be Taken Against Spread of MERs

    July 22, 2013 by CHHS RAs

    By Victoria Plotkin, CHHS Extern  CHHS Public Health Program Manager Earl Stoddard III also contributed to this blog An infectious disease that appears to have originated in the Middle East is causing great concern within the medical community. There have been 84 confirmed cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV), and ...

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    Electric Grid Vulnerability Puts U.S. at Risk of Catastrophe

    July 19, 2013 by CHHS RAs

    By R. Justin Morris, CHHS Extern As any system becomes more technologically advanced, the threats to its security grow exponentially and the system becomes more vulnerable to a variety of dangers. With hurricane season in full swing, it is important for us to remember that the power grid in North America ...

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    Police Officer Drone

    July 15, 2013 by CHHS RAs

    By Lyra Correa, CHHS Research Assistant Although local police will probably not be able to use “hell fire” missiles to combat the Black Guerilla Family in Baltimore City, as one writer in a recent Baltimore Sun Op-Ed suggests, having drones assist local police in tackling the increased gang and gun violence ...

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    Colorado Most Destructive Wildfire Captured by GIS

    July 11, 2013 by Matthias R. Miziorko

    Residents across the western United States are no strangers to the yearly wildfire season. This year is no exception, with dozens of conflagrations erupting from California to Colorado's Front Range. An Arizona blaze that tragically killed 19 fire fighters in early July brought national attention to their unrelenting nature and ...

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    Just How Likely is Train Derailment Scenario Tested by CHHS All Hazards Exercise?

    July 5, 2013 by Laura Hoch

    CHHS Research Assistant Christine Diana also contributed to this blog. Rail travel remains one of the most widely used modes of transportation in the United States.  Thousands of people use trains to commute to work each day, for vacation and business trips, and many companies use freight trains to carry cargo ...

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    The Use of Federal Data for a Beneficial Purpose

    July 3, 2013 by CHHS RAs

    By Joella Roland, CHHS Extern With the debate over the collection of federal data from internet giants like Facebook and Google fresh in everyone’s mind, it is easy to become disenchanted with the idea of the government monitoring and storing personal information. However, federal data has recently been used for a ...

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    Including Children in Emergency Preparedness Outreach

    May 31, 2013 by admin

    By Rebecca Zorn – CHHS Research Fellow Ms. Zorn currently works as the Community Outreach Coordinator for Montgomery County's Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security Images from developing or impoverished countries that show collapsed schools following an earthquake due to poor building codes, or children being targeted on their way to ...

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    EMS During a War on Terror

    May 23, 2013 by Thomas Cotter

    One of the striking images emerging from the Boston Marathon terrorist attacks was the photograph of the suspect receiving medical care from an ATF officer immediately after his arrest. The grainy image shows a severely injured Tsarnev handcuffed as a field dressing is placed on his neck with what appears ...

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    Commission Puts Forth Cybersecurity Legislation to Help Strengthen “CyberMaryland”

    April 22, 2013 by Avery Blank

    The 2013 Session of the Maryland General Assembly failed to pass cybersecurity legislation related to breach notification requirements that was applicable for businesses and had difficulty passing similar legislation that would apply to the entire State government. These bills require the appropriate entities to notify individuals of a breach of ...

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    Business Emergency Operation Centers Formalize Public-Private Partnerships that Enhance States’ Emergency Response Operations

    April 22, 2013 by Sabra Jafarzadeh

    Public-private partnerships are vital to enhancing the resilience of our communities against natural and man-made disasters. Working with the private sector enables State Emergency Operations Centers (SEOCs) to expand their jurisdiction’s capacity to prevent, respond to, and recover from major incidents. Public-private partnerships help to increase situational awareness, coordination, and ...

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    Act of Terrorism at Boston Marathon

    April 17, 2013 by Vernon Herron

    We all watched in horror as Patriot Day in Boston became the sight and sounds of the latest terrorist attack on U.S. soil. Like the horrific attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, the images and sounds of the Boston Marathon bombings will forever be embedded in our memories. Our ...

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    Local Energy Assurance Planning Webinar Helps Local Agencies Kick-Start LEAP Efforts

    January 18, 2013 by admin

    Effective responses to man-made and natural disasters require timely and continued planning for all hazards. Incidents in the past year, including the June derecho Storm and Superstorm Sandy, have illustrated the need to track the essential services of Maryland communities and assess their vulnerability to energy disruption in the event ...

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    Homeland Security Funding Under Attack

    December 18, 2012 by Vernon Herron

    By Vernon Herron, Senior Policy Analyst After a year-long study of federal homeland security grant programs, U.S. Senator Tom Coburn, authored a report that’s critical of the Department of Homeland Security’s disbursement of grant monies used to defend this country from future terrorist attacks and could threaten the future of important ...

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    Sandy's Cautionary Tale for Emergency Managers: #SocialMediaFails

    November 26, 2012 by CHHS RAs

    By Lyra Correa, CHHS Research Associate As Superstorm Sandy made its way up the East Coast, she left many struggling with flood waters, damaged homes, and massive power outages. During this storm, social media emerged as the best and most accessible tool to use in receiving and disseminating up to date ...

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    A "Groundbreaking" Legal Decision Sparks Uproar Among Italian Scientists

    November 20, 2012 by CHHS RAs

    By W. Sam Lauber, CHHS Research Associate   On October 22nd , an Italian judge convicted six seismologists and one regional official of manslaughter for the more than 300 deaths caused by an earthquake on April 6, 2009. A week before that earthquake, the official called in those seismologists to assess the ...

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    Lawsuit Against New York City Shows Importance of Inclusive Planning for People with Disabilities

    November 19, 2012 by Elizabeth Webster

      By Elizabeth Webster, Senior Law & Policy Analyst At the FEMA National Preparedness Symposium this past August, June Isaacson Kailes, Disability Policy Consultant and Associate Director for the Center for Disability and Health Policy at Western University of Health, stated that, “disasters are always inclusive; response and recovery are not, unless ...

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    "Sandy" Series: We Must Learn to Deal with Our Animal Instincts

    November 9, 2012 by CHHS RAs

      By Megan Ix, CHHS Research Associate When a tornado hit Kansas in the Wizard of Oz, Dorothy never let Toto out of her sight, despite the dangers looming. Although a fictional movie, the sentiment is real: pet owners will go to great lengths to keep their pets safe and close during ...

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    "Sandy" Series: Luck Was a Lady for Maryland

    November 9, 2012 by CHHS RAs

      By Ben Yelin, CHHS Research Associate Almost two weeks after Superstorm Sandy made landfall in the Northeast United States, it’s stunning to still see how awful her devastation has made life for millions of people across New York and New Jersey.  As I write this, there are half a million power ...

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    Step Inside a Local Maryland EOC During Hurricane Sandy

    November 1, 2012 by Astmaja Desai

    By Aatmaja Desai, CHHS Policy Analyst Hurricane Sandy presented my first opportunity to be a part of an Emergency Operations Center (EOC) activation experience! I’m a policy analyst at CHHS and my current assignment is with Harford County.  I won’t say I was not nervous but the excitement of the whole pre-storm ...

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