News & Press
Read about the Center’s latest projects making local and national headlines, as well as commentary by our subject matter experts on current newsworthy issues in emergency management, public health, and homeland security.
September 24, 2013
After more than ten years in existence, the University of Maryland Center for Health and Homeland Security continues to expand our emergency management expertise as we strive to develop world-class policies, strategies, and training exercises for our public and private partners. Learn more about who we are, and what we ...
September 23, 2013
From WTOP Radio: http://liveblog.wtop.com/Event/Navy_Yard_Shooting/89662961?ss=1 CHHS Director Michael Greenberger spoke to WTOP, 103.5 FM in the wake of the Navy Yard shooting about how the shooter was able to have security clearance that granted him access to the base. Greenberger discussed the systematic weaknesses in the way clearances are granted through a series ...
September 23, 2013
From WUSA 9 TV: http://www.wusa9.com/video/2676026882001/1/UMD-security-expert-on-Navy-Yard-shooting CHHS Director Michael Greenberger was called on by WUSA 9 News to provide some insight into the Navy Yard shooting when it was an active shooter situation. Greenberger stressed that it was too early to make any definitive judgments. Given the details that were available at the ...
CHHS Senior Policy Analyst Eric Oddo Offers Insight on How to Deal with Emergency Events in the Workplace
September 19, 2013
From Fox 5 TV: http://www.myfoxdc.com/video?clipId=9319057&autostart=true#axzz2fFb1QcmF CHHS Senior Policy Analyst Eric Oddo was a guest on Fox 5 TV’s morning show to share resources and tips on workplace emergency planning and preparedness, specifically in response to active shooter situations. Oddo mentioned that the Navy Yard shooting was a good opportunity for workplaces to dust off their emergency ...
September 18, 2013
From NPR Radio: http://thedianerehmshow.org/shows/2013-09-19/how-government-security-clearances-are-granted Founder and Director Michael Greenberger participated with a panel of experts on the Diane Rehm Show discussing government security clearances in the aftermath of the mass shooting at Navy Yard. Greenberger explains the tiers of confidential, secret, and top secret. He opines that America has a problem with ...
September 18, 2013
From CCTV America: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VUdOnnwHS4A CHHS Founder and Director Michael Greenberger was interviewed on CCTV America after the mass shooting at Navy Yard about US national security. Greenberger provided insight into the national security clearance systems that he thinks is broken. The system often has contractors doing clearances for other contractors, which is ...
September 8, 2013
From America’s Democrats: CHHS Founder and Director Michael Greenberger was interviewed for the September 8, 2013 AmericasDemocrats.org. This Week feature on the two biggest threats to America 12 years after 9/11: Greenberger identifies them as cyberwarfare and chemical weapons. Greenberger also discusses NSA data mining and privacy issues. View the homepage ...
August 28, 2013
Press Release: The exercise and training team at the Center for Health and Homeland Security (CHHS) spent the morning working with the Carroll County Health Department to ensure the local public health infrastructure was prepared to respond following a pandemic. A tabletop exercise allowed Health Department officials and partner agencies to ...
Associate Directors Amy Major and Megan Timmins Discuss the Release of a New ABA Disaster Planning Guide
August 23, 2013
From ABA News: http://www.americanbar.org/news/abanews/aba-news-archives/2013/08/new_aba_tool_guides.html The American Bar Association mentioned Associate Directors Amy Major and Megan Timmins in their August 23, 2013 online post New ABA Tool Guides Legal Organizations in Surviving a Disaster. The 77 page guide, coproduced by CHHS, focuses on helping Bar Associations enhance thier emergency preparedness is available for ...
August 16, 2013
From WJZ 13 TV: http://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2013/08/15/target-for-terrorists-report-shows-u-s-nuclear-reactors-at-risk/ CHHS Director Michael Greenberger provided comment to WJZ-TV regarding the Pentagon’s recently release report about the safety of nuclear plants in America. The report revealed that more than 100 plants were found to be lacking in security leaving them vulnerable to terrorist attack. Greenberger says that in ...
August 8, 2013
From Hindu: http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/bangalore/regularly-check-readiness-to-tackle-crises/article4996540.ece Senior Policy Analyst Eric Oddo spoke to The Hindu about the vulnerabilities in Indian cities to bioterrorism and disease threats. Oddo emphasized the importance of having multiple plans and the usefulness of an Incident Command System in managing events.
August 6, 2013
Press Release: The exercise and training team at the Center for Health and Homeland Security (CHHS) is working with hospitals within Baltimore City and Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford and Howard Counties to discuss response to hospital-wide evacuations – a situation that involves individual hospital staff as well coordinating agencies such ...
July 15, 2013
From Emergency Management: http://www.emergencymgmt.com/safety/Should-the-Boston-Bombings-Have-Been-Prevented.html CHHS Director Michael Greenberger spoke with Emergency Management Magazine about whether the Boston Marathon bombings should have been prevented with information available to law enforcement or with tighter security enforcements on race day. Greenberger examines what happened in the case of Boston and recommends bag checks and CCTV ...
July 3, 2013
From America’s Democrats: http://www.americasdemocrats.org/2013/06/30/addo126/ AmericasDemocrats.org interviews Director Michael Greenberger on what the leak of national security data collection programs tells us about the current state of Fourth Amendment protections of privacy for their segment This Week, June 30, 2013.
Local Emergency Management Staff and Regional Hospitals Test Response to Mock Hazardous Train Derailment in Rockville
June 20, 2013
Press Release: The Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, and ten hospitals from Calvert, Charles, Montgomery, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s Counties are better prepared for an all hazards incident following parallel mock exercises today – developed, conducted and evaluated by the University of Maryland Center for Health ...
All Hazards Response to be Tested by Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management & Homeland Security – Parallel to Regional Hospital Exercise
June 17, 2013
Media Advisory: WHEN: Thursday, June 20, 2013 WHAT: This is a functional exercise to test the county’s ability to respond to an all-hazards incident and coordinate with multiple emergency management partners. The University of Maryland Center for Health and Homeland Security (CHHS) has worked with the Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management ...
June 14, 2013
From Maryland Public Television: http://video.mpt.tv/video/2365029266 Maryland Public Television’s State Circle host Jeff Salkin asked CHHS Director Michael Greenberger if the NSA leaks surprised him, and how the American public views Edward Snowden.
CHHS Senior Law & Policy Analyst David Mandell Appears on Living Green in Annapolis to Discuss Hurricane Preparedness
June 12, 2013
From WNAV Radio: http://www.annapolisgreen.com/radio/ In his capacity as a Planner for the Annapolis Office of Emergency Preparedness, David Mandell discussed local hurricane awareness on WNAV Radio’s Living Green program June 12, 2013.
June 12, 2013
Hyperlink: http://www.csoonline.com/article/734764/nsa-revelations-could-push-terrorists-to-other-channels?source=rss_cso_exclude_net_net Online security and risk journal CSO explores whether NSA revelations could push terrorists to other channels – Senior Policy Analyst Vernon Herron says they will certainly think twice about their mode of communication.
June 11, 2013
Hyperlink: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/bs-md-nsa-surveillance-privacy-20130608,0,2516971.story CHHS Director Michael Greenberger spoke with The Baltimore Sun and explained that the government mining cell phone data is likely very widespread. Additionally he provided commentary about the growing privacy debate surrounding the NSA surveillance.