Blogs from 2010

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    Holiday Travel Tips from CHHS, Part 2: the Security Line & Trip Home

    December 21, 2010

    So you are all packed and ready to go – but just because you packed smart (i.e., didn’t pack prohibited items, and packed in an organized way that allows the TSA scanners to determine what is actually in your bag), you’re not necessarily in the clear. No matter what, you still ...

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    Holiday Travel Tips from CHHS, Part 1: Tickets & Packing

    December 16, 2010

    There is no place like home for the holidays, and for many Americans, myself included, getting “home” involves getting on an airplane. Airport war-stories may be fun to swap over turkey and pie, but wouldn’t you rather avoid getting into those stressful situations in the first place? Here are some ...

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    Lingering Effects: the Recession and Emergency Food Distribution During Disasters

    December 13, 2010

    By Rianna Brown CHHS Research Assistant, fall 2010 Did you know the recession is over? A few short months ago we learned that the nation's recession, one of the most severe economic crises since the Great Depression, was finally over. In fact, according to the National Bureau of Economic Research, it ended ...

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    Baltimore Fires Serve as Reminder that COOP Planning is Critical

    December 7, 2010

    Two massive, five-alarm fires in Baltimore City shut down traffic, displaced workers and kept fire fighters busy for one long, cold night this week. The first fire started on “The Block” at 3:30 p.m. on Dec. 6, requiring the evacuation of private business and government employees, and even swept close ...

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    Sleepiness and Fatigue Management in Emergency Response Personnel

    December 6, 2010

    Emergency response providers constitute an occupational group that is particularly vulnerable to the effects of sleepiness and fatigue. Considering the work they do, such a vulnerability poses significant risks to the health and safety of the responders themselves and of the general public. The development and implementation of fatigue management ...

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    New FEMA Guidance Signals Shift in Sheltering Mindset

    November 16, 2010

    Following a build-up of public comments by Administrator Fugate stressing the need for inclusive planning, FEMA officially released its “Functional Needs Support Services Guidance” (FNSS Guidance) on November 3, 2010. Over the past year, FEMA has been introducing the guidance to various state and local agencies at invitation only events ...

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    Crisis in Haiti: Cholera, Elections, and Economics

    November 10, 2010

    International public health responders were once confident that the recent outbreak of cholera could be controlled through use of an aggressive education effort, expanded water decontamination, and medical treatment. Unfortunately, it has become increasingly evident that they are mistaken. The number of cases of cholera has reached more than 9,000 ...

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    Cholera Outbreak Emphasizes Need to Rebuild Haiti's Critical Infrastructure

    October 26, 2010

    As if the massive earthquake of January 2010 that struck the poor island nation of Haiti were not enough, the displaced residents in and around the capital city of Port-Au-Prince have a new enemy. As of October 25, 2010, an outbreak of cholera, an intestinal bacterial disease that can lead to ...

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    Telework in COOP Plans Helps Government Keep on Truckin’

    October 12, 2010

    By Adrian Wilairat Late last month, federal employees around the nation received a long-overdue gift: news that they’d soon be working under a federal telework policy. Through the Sept. 30 passage of the Telework Improvements Act of 2010, Congress will require every executive branch agency to implement a policy through which eligible ...

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    Please Stand By: An Uncertain Future for a Nationwide Interoperability Network

    October 7, 2010

    Last month, the New York Times highlighted an important and timely issue facing public safety organizations on a local, state, and national level: the need for a single nationwide public safety radio system. The article highlights the current ongoing debate over a portion of radio spectrum called the “D Block,” which ...

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    Notebooks and Notification: New Campus Security Regulations Take Effect

    August 23, 2010

    A college campus is run much like a small city: governed by its own leaders with its own rules and regulations. And much like a city, enforcing those rules and regulations is the responsibility of a police department, sometimes made up of dozens of officers at larger schools. Ensuring the ...

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    Emergency Managers: It’s OK to be a "Follower" on Twitter

    August 17, 2010

    Warning: numbers ahead. As part of the American Red Cross Emergency Social Data Summit on August 12, physical attendees and virtual attendees took part in an hour-long Twitter chat to discuss a myriad of complex issues concerning the role of social networking information-gathering in emergency management. One of the most important, ...

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    FEMA to Radios: Where Do You See Yourself In 10 Years?

    August 16, 2010

        Recipients of FEMA’s Interoperable Emergency Communications Grant Program (IECGP) funds for FY2010 could be in for a surprise this year: jurisdictions that apply to receive funds to purchase equipment must also write and submit a Communications System Lifecycle Plan (CSLP). This plan should outline the six phases of the lifecycle ...

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    Hitchhiker’s Guide to Emergency Evacuation: Accounting for the Transportation Disadvantaged in Emergency Planning

    August 11, 2010

    By Gregory Sunshine CHHS Research Assistant, summer 2010 Shortly after Hurricane Katrina, I took part in several rebuilding trips to the Gulf Coast. On my first trip to New Orleans, I found a box containing waterlogged wedding memorabilia belonging to the elderly woman who owned the house I was working on. She ...

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    When to Use Reverse 911: A Cost-Benefit Analysis

    August 10, 2010

    By Andrew Bennett CHHS Research Assistant, summer 2010 A mother wakes up at 3:30 a.m. and, on the way to the bathroom, peeks her head into her fourteen-year-old son’s bedroom to check on him. As her eyes adjust to the dark she realizes her son is not in his bed. She feels ...

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    HIV/AIDS assistance can’t meet demand

    July 28, 2010

    By Melissa Kim CHHS Research Assistant, summer 2010 HIV and AIDS made headlines back in the early 1980s when doctors discovered that HIV was being transferred through blood donations. At the time, being infected with HIV was a death sentence, and the number of deaths from HIV and AIDS continuously increased until ...

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    Lessons Learned as Unused H1N1 Vaccines Expire

    July 23, 2010

    By Meaghan McCann CHHS Research Assistant, summer 2010 There is a surprising addition to list of lessons learned from the U.S. response to the 2009 H1N1 outbreak: sometimes being over-prepared has its own risks. As of July 2010, more than 40 million doses of swine flu vaccine have expired and 30 million more ...

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    Ham Radios: Salt-Cured Interoperability

    July 22, 2010

    Today, technology – cell phones, e-mail, social media, etc. – provides abundant opportunities for people to communicate instantly with one another. General information sharing, planning, and coordination occur seamlessly on a daily basis. These modes of daily correspondence might appear sufficient to sustain communication between individuals during and after an ...

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    PS-Prep: Better late than never for private sector preparedness

    July 13, 2010

    The tragedy of the BP oil spill has prompted lawmakers and leaders in emergency management to renew the call for private sector preparedness that emerged after the 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina catastrophes. Recall the 9/11 Commission’s original recommendation that private sector organizations adopt voluntary preparedness standards; or President Bush’s Directive, ...

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    Nuclear alert sirens fall short for the deaf and hard of hearing

    July 13, 2010

    By Gregory Sunshine CHHS Research Assistant, summer 2010 In the event of a radiological emergency, people who live within a 10-mile radius of nuclear power plants will hear a system of sirens sound the alert.  However, for their deaf and hard of hearing neighbors, the sound of the sirens alone provides no warning ...

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