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It Takes a Community to Stop Drug and Human Trafficking

Some of the greatest threats within a community are hiding in plain sight. For example, traffickers can use encrypted messaging applications and social media platforms to make drug sales. Cash apps and cryptocurrency make it easier for them to receive payments but more difficult for law enforcement to catch. In addition, despite public safety campaigns that promote awareness about human trafficking, many people still overlook victims they encounter throughout their daily routines. With so much…

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Mitigate the Impacts When Communities and Nature Collide

Emergency preparedness professionals plan for and try to mitigate natural hazard events, but nature is unpredictable. In this May edition of the Domestic Preparedness Journal, experts discuss past hazards and steps communities can take to mitigate their effects.

Preparing for the Next Public Health Emergency

Public health is not just about pandemics but also about a wide range of threats that can affect the health and well-being of communities. In this April edition of the Domestic Preparedness Journal, practitioners share ways to prepare for the next public health emergency.
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An Editor’s Personal Journey to Emergency Preparedness

In honor of Women’s History Month, the March edition of the Domestic Preparedness Journal features articles by inspirational women who, through their service and writing, are instrumental in building more prepared and resilient communities. The editor also shares her personal journey into emergency preparedness.

Nation-State Threats – Preparing at All Levels

The February 2024 edition of the Domestic Preparedness Journal builds awareness of some of the nation’s threats and vulnerabilities. Discover protective measures and approaches for combating nation-state threats and strengthening homeland security and national resilience.

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Building Strength in Workforce and Structure

Each person plays a critical leadership role, from top leadership to frontline workers. The authors in the December edition of the Domestic Preparedness Journal share

Find Chances to Make Positive Changes

Emergency preparedness and response professionals willingly insert themselves into many emergencies and disasters that they could have avoided in other professions. However, they use these

PPD-44: Implications for Domestic Incident Management

An essential national incident management guidance document is finally available to responders nationwide. This document will significantly improve a unified response to and recovery from

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The Role of Faith in Disasters

Many faith-based organizations have disaster response and recovery components as major elements of their own missions. By partnering with governmental and nongovernmental organizations, faith-based groups

Training the Next Generation of Cyber Guardians

Despite small local governments being overrun with malware, ransomware, and myriad other threats, it is difficult to find experienced cybersecurity professionals. Meanwhile, students search for

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It Takes a Community to Stop Drug and Human Trafficking

Some of the greatest threats within a community are hiding in plain sight. For example, traffickers can use encrypted messaging applications and social media platforms to make drug sales. Cash apps and cryptocurrency make it easier for them to receive payments but more difficult for law enforcement to catch. In addition, despite public safety campaigns that promote awareness about human trafficking, many people still overlook victims they encounter throughout their daily routines. With so much…

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Getting Ready for the Next Emergency

During an emergency, it is common for communities – comprising private citizens to large agencies – to come to the aid of others. It is

You’re the Leader. Now What?

  The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reported that, as of May 8, the United States had experienced seven confirmed $1-billion weather/climate-related disasters in

Planning for Future Events Requires Updated Plans

Threats, hazards, and risks change over time as numerous variables change. This means preparedness professionals must be forward-thinking when planning for emergencies and disasters. Past

Technological Strategies for Organizational Leadership

Article Out Loud Integrating information technology (IT) into emergency management and public safety agencies involves balancing technological limitations with the organizational mindset. Finding this balance

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