Blogs from 2013

  • Challenges of Sheltering Animals During Disasters: The Need For Standardized Reporting

    November 22, 2013

    By Chelsea Person, CHHS Extern After attending the 2013 National Alliance of State Animal and Agricultural Emergency Programs (NASAAEP) Animals in Disaster Summit, I am glad to see there are many resources for animals during disasters. However, I learned that one of the largest draw-backs this area of emergency management still ...

  • The State of Maryland Commits to Improving Emergency Preparedness with Adoption of the Maryland Emergency Preparedness Program

    November 13, 2013

    Recently, the State of Maryland strengthened its ongoing commitment to emergency preparedness. On October 29, 2013, Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley signed a new Executive Order to update the State’s preparedness program for homeland security and emergency management, with the goal of leveraging resource data to drive prioritization and investment in ...

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    Hurricane Sandy: Lessons Learned One Year Later

    October 28, 2013

    It was one year ago this week that Hurricane Sandy made landfall along the eastern seaboard of United States, threatening millions of lives and the economic centerpiece of the nation.  This unique, catastrophic event tested the public safety community from Virginia to Massachusetts with a potpourri of storm surge, inland ...

  • The CyberMaryland Conference on Privacy Versus Protection

    October 24, 2013

    Baltimore City welcomed cybersecurity professionals and hobbyists from around the world October 8 – 9 at the third annual CyberMaryland Conference held at the Baltimore Convention Center. CyberMaryland was designed to showcase Maryland’s cybersecurity strengths – and it did just that. Representatives from federal agencies spoke about the benefits of ...

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    Innovations in Emergency Preparedness On the Go

    October 18, 2013

          Co-Authored by Amanda Eddy, CHHS Research Assistant Our smartphones and tablets are constantly at hand – whether making a call, checking the latest sports score, or catching up on news.  They are a convenient way to stay connected to friends, family and the rest of the world.  But three recent mobile ...

  • Cybersecurity is Everyone’s Responsibility

    October 16, 2013

    October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. This month is therefore a good time to be reminded of the importance of securing our cyberspace. It is also an opportunity to educate yourself and others on what issues we face and what we can do to enhance our security. We all know ...

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    New Report Highlights Need for School/Child Care Preparedness

    September 24, 2013

    By Amanda Eddy, CHHS Research Assistant The start of a new school year often brings excitement for children as they look forward to seeing old friends, meeting new ones, and carefully selecting their outfit for the first day. But for parents, the first day of school can bring fear. Just last ...

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    Executive Forum on Terrorism Trials a Promising First for CHHS

    August 16, 2013

    From July 29 – August 2, 2013, CHHS worked with the U.S. Department of State, Office of Antiterrorism Assistance (ATA) on an Executive Forum entitled “Prosecuting Terrorism and Organized Crime in the Philippines.”  Six judges and ten prosecutors representing all regions of the Philippines traveled to Washington, D.C. through an ...

  • Sharing CHHS Experience Across the Globe – Bangalore, India

    August 14, 2013

    On August 6-7, 2013, I attended a workshop in Bangalore, India entitled “Best International Practices in Building Resilient Cities.”  The workshop was organized by the Government of Karnataka in partnership with the Synergia Foundation, a strategic think-tank that works with the public and private sector in the domains of geopolitics, ...

  • New Enemy Sparks Repeat of the 2012 Dual Use Research Debate

    August 10, 2013

    “Someone doesn’t have to weaponize the bird flu. The birds are doing that.” – Dr. Ellis Cheever, Contagion, 2011 On Tuesday, August 6, the British Medical Journal published the first report of suspected human to human transmission of the newly emerging H7N9 strain of avian influenza. This represents a potentially game-changing turn ...

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    New York Chemical Tests: Public Communication Key

    August 8, 2013

    By Christina Lauderdale, CHHS Extern On June 20, 2013, ten hospitals in Maryland performed a medical surge exercise. Staff members from CHHS developed the scenario and were present at each participating hospital to evaluate how well hospital staff responded to the mock disaster scenario. At certain hospitals, the exercise also included ...

  • ACLU Releases Report Criticizing Police Use of License Plate Readers

    July 31, 2013

    On the heels of the NSA data collection leaks, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has released a report criticizing United States (U.S.) law enforcement agencies for their use of license plate readers as an infringement of privacy. A technology that, for the past several years police departments have used ...

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    EMAP Proves Invaluable as Method of Standardization for Emergency Management Programs

    July 26, 2013

    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 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 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 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

    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

    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 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 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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