CBRNE ARCHIVES

The Missing Plague Vials

A true story of missing bubonic plague vials an airport bomb threat and other suspicious activities again demonstrate continued national and homeland security vulnerabilities and threats Perspectives may differ but the concerns are real and provide an opportunity to learn and prepare

Protecting Infrastructure – Cyber, Physical, and EMP Attacks

Imagine 3 500 spiders each with their own style getting together to create a giant web That s how this author describes the U S power grid and the complexities related to protecting the nation s critical infrastructure from cyber physical and electromagnetic pulse attacks

Repeated Intelligence Failures – Not Connecting the Dots

Gathering intelligence about potential threats is a daunting task that many agencies perform When agencies do not effectively share intelligence they may miss connecting the dots necessary to create actionable plans to thwart attacks and save lives

The [Evil] Empire Strikes Back: National Security Emergencies

After the Cold War fears of the 1980s ended attention shifted from nation state threats to terrorism and large scale natural hazards However a federal emergency planner says the return of these threats should prompt a review of the national security emergencies concept to ensure communities are prepared to address

Beyond Patient Care: Family Reunification Planning for Hospitals

To meet a community s mass care family reunification needs after a disaster hospitals and other healthcare facilities must have plans and procedures in place for mass casualty incident response which goes beyond patient care Here are some recommendations for them to develop a collaborative strategic plan

Healthcare and Public Health Sector Perspectives

According to the U S Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services National Health Expenditures NHE accounted for $4 3 trillion or 18 3 of the U S gross domestic product Find out how the Healthcare and Public Health Sector s interdependencies can affect any community

Cybersecurity in Hospitals and the Public Health Sector

Cyberattacks on healthcare systems affect millions of patients each year It is critical for agencies and organizations to build a culture of compliance and awareness for the system s security and the safety of the patients

Responding to the Call – The Cost of Caring for Others

There is a cost to caring for others but it does not need to be a lifelong debt that continues to overwhelm the people who stepped up and those around them The cost can be manageable with the right plan of support and the willingness to explore coping options

Three Puzzle Pieces That Increase Community Preparedness

This author reflects on his team s direct mission to New York in response to the September 11 2001 terrorist attacks commonly referred to as 9 11 to consider if communities are more prepared today than they were in 2001

Bioterrorism – Could Smallpox Return?

Although smallpox was eradicated from its human population and reservoir it is still in designated stockpiles controlled by two nations and possibly in other unknown locations Learn about the possible threat and the need for greater preparedness and discussion

​​​Training for Hazardous Tasks in Virtual Environments

Being able to recreate complex hazardous materials incidents in a classroom setting teaches life saving lessons in a safe environment Advances in virtual and augmented reality training systems provide instructors with new tools to train the next generation of first responders

Food and Agriculture Sector Perspectives

  The U.S. Food and Agriculture (FA) Sector is composed of complex production, processing, and delivery systems that can feed people and animals both within and beyond the boundaries of the United States. Beyond domestic food production, the FA Sector also imports many ingredients and finished products, leading to a

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