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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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    Cybersecurity and the Need for Congressional Action

    November 1, 2012 by admin

    By Ben Yelin, CHHS Research Associate The danger posed by cyber attacks is urgent and growing. Cyberattacks have breached the Pentagon and sent businesses into bankruptcy. Unless Congress takes decisive action, our nation will be vulnerable to a cyber attack that could damage critical infrastructure or our national security interests. A recent ...

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    The Drone Dilemma: Invasion of Privacy or a Useful Tool?

    October 25, 2012 by CHHS RAs

    W. Sam Lauber, CHHS Research Assistant Most people know of drones in the context of the U.S.’s latest strategy to kill targets in hotspots like Yemen, Pakistan, and Afghanistan.  Soon they may know them personally as U.S. federal and state agencies utilize the advantages of that technology, such as longer flight ...

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    Hurricane Isaac Tests Upgraded Levee System in New Orleans Area

    August 29, 2012 by CHHS RAs

    By Megan Ix, CHHS Research Associate Hurricane Isaac hit New Orleans almost seven years to the day after Hurricane Katrina devastated the region. Although there are strong parallels between the storms, Hurricane Isaac is making landfall on a city that has focused on becoming better prepared and more resilient. In advance ...

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    Sequestration and Public Health: Unwelcome Bedfellows

    August 2, 2012 by Earl Stoddard

     On July 25, 2012, Tom Harkin, the Democratic Senator from Iowa who chairs the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, produced a report assessing the potential impact of the fast-approaching sequestration. Sequestration refers to the automatic, across-the-board budget cuts, totaling nearly 8%, imposed after a ...

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    Hard Lessons Learned From London Olympics Security Fiasco

    July 26, 2012 by CHHS RAs

    CHHS Research Assistant  Ben Yelin The 2012 Summer Olympics being in London on July 27th, but there is one private security company certain not to win any medals. British company “G4S” was awarded an Olympic security contract, and promised to provide 10,000 security officers to man the city during the games. ...

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    Going Underground

    July 24, 2012 by CHHS RAs

    Ben Yelin, CHHS Research Assistant   Ever since the violent “derecho” storm hit the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area on June 29, 2012, and left 1.5 million regional power customers without electricity for up to a week, there has been renewed attention to putting power lines underground to better prevent power outages. Dense downtown ...

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    Japan Report Offers Clues to Keep Natural Disasters from Becoming "Manmade"

    July 24, 2012 by CHHS RAs

    Lisa Piccinini, CHHS Research Assistant The Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commission recently concluded that in preparing for and responding to the massive 2011 earthquake and resulting tsunami the Japanese government, regulators, and operators of the Fukushima power plant “betrayed the nation’s right to be safe from nuclear accidents.” The commission, which ...

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    "Olympic Games," Worms, and the Global Cyberwar

    July 17, 2012 by CHHS RAs

    William Pons, CHHS Research Assistant When people think about espionage, they think James Bond or shadowy figures conducting back alley business in a foreign language to gain access to nuclear launch codes. While the reality of espionage may have never been so glamorous, the recent discovery of high-tech computer worms—used to ...

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    Already Ahead of the Game, Maryland Moves Forward with Health Reform

    July 16, 2012 by admin

    By Megan Ix, CHHS Research Assistant Maryland started planning for the full implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) soon after it was signed into law in 2010, even as critics filed lawsuits claiming it was unconstitutional. Maryland’s swift action has put it ahead of many states in ...

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