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The Missing Plague Vials

  A Domestic Preparedness article in December 2020, titled The Next Black Swan – Bioterrorism, identified persistent public health and homeland security concerns regarding bioterrorism and biowarfare, along with critical infrastructure. The article was intentionally published one year into the ongoing severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) and COVID-19 pandemic to emphasize significantly greater public health vulnerabilities and threats. The impact of SARS-CoV-2, with the inappropriate and inadequate response, was enormous and world-changing. Nevertheless,…

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Primary Care Investments to Increase Community Resilience

Community health centers are medical lifelines for millions of Americans. However, financial constraints and healthcare workforce challenges strain these critical resources. New initiatives and additional investments can help communities be more resilient and continue to meet community needs during a crisis.
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The “R” Word

Resilience has multiple meanings for public health, emergency, and homeland security management professionals. However, the objective of building resilience should go beyond hazard mitigation. With 2024 being FEMA’s “Year of Resilience,” it is a good time for professionals to start rethinking this concept.
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Dungeons and Disasters: Gamification of Public Health Responses

New technologies offer new ways to train personnel and exercise public health responses like COVID-19 and prepare response agencies for many other threats and hazards. Gamification integrates realistic scenarios in a controlled environment that can enhance community capabilities and build interagency collaboration and coordination. Learn more about this training and
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Interoperability During Mass Casualty Incidents

During a mass casualty incident, response agencies must be able to communicate in real-time. This means that interoperability plans need to include everyone involved in the response. One lesson learned from past incidents is that hospitals are an often overlooked “responder.” Learn what one agency is doing to close this

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A Holistic Approach to Cybersecurity Risk

Cybersecurity is a core business process that involves the entire organization or agency. So, it should not be brushed off as an “IT thing.” A

Commercial Facilities Sector Perspectives

Commercial facilities dominate the U.S. economy, contributing trillions of dollars to the U.S. gross domestic product while employing and supporting millions of jobs. Learn more

Rising Above the Flood: A Decision Tool for Structural Safety

When homeowners choose to elevate their homes above flood levels, they may compromise the structural integrity of the building if the elevation method does not

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The Missing Plague Vials

  A Domestic Preparedness article in December 2020, titled The Next Black Swan – Bioterrorism, identified persistent public health and homeland security concerns regarding bioterrorism and biowarfare, along with critical infrastructure. The article was intentionally published one year into the ongoing severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) and COVID-19 pandemic to emphasize significantly greater public health vulnerabilities and threats. The impact of SARS-CoV-2, with the inappropriate and inadequate response, was enormous and world-changing. Nevertheless,…

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The Race to Interoperability

The Boston Marathon Bombing demonstrated the dedication, commitment, and strength of those who responded that day. The lessons learned from that event continue to strengthen

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

Information Technology Sector Perspectives

The Information Technology Sector is one of 16 sectors identified as critical infrastructure under the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency. Domestic Preparedness invited subject matter experts to

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