Disaster Preparation


Agencies prepare for Irma



Agencies prepare for Irma
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the National Guard, and other U.S. government and non-government agencies are preparing for Hurricane Irma. Irma, a category 5 hurricane, tore through the Carribean earlier today and is headed for Florida. Governors in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and Florida have declared a … Read More

DHS, Texas Guard prepare for Hurricane Harvey



DHS, Texas Guard prepare for Hurricane Harvey
The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Texas Division of Emergency Management, and the Texas Army National Guard, Air National Guard, and the Texas State Guard with the Texas Military Department are preparing for Hurricane Harvey. The Governor of Texas has already issued a State… Read More

Report details lessons from Superstorm Sandy



Report details lessons from Superstorm Sandy
Earlier this month, the Georgetown Climate Center, in partnership with the Rockerfeller Foundation, published a report on the results of the Rebuild by Design (RBD) competition, which sought to inspire affected communities to rebuild differently in ways that would enhance their physical, economic, social, and environmental resilience after Superstorm Sandy.… Read More

Featured Article: Megacities – Assessment Factors



Featured Article: Megacities – Assessment Factors
Featured article: Megacities – Assessment Factors by Gus Otto and AJ Besik Looking around without seeing anyone; asking without being in earshot of someone; and walking in any direction without having to watch out for someone may indicate you are in a megacity. So what is a megacity? No one… Read More

Military, civilian first responders participate in relief hackathon



Military, civilian first responders participate in relief hackathon
Over the weekend, Department of Defense (DoD) and civilian first responders joined technologists from across the country to participate in the inaugural MD5 Hackathon. The event launched the MD5 National Security Technology Accelerator, a public-private partnership between the DoD, New York University, and other U.S. research universities. From October 14… Read More

DoD stresses preparedness



DoD stresses preparedness
Yesterday, Robert G. Salesses, deputy assistant secretary of defense for homeland defense integration and defense support to civil authorities, stressed the importance of strengthening collective security through preparedness, saying “I emphasize that national preparedness and military readiness are synonymous.” Salesses discussed the variety of regional threats faces Department of Defense… Read More

FEMA releases 2016 National Preparedness Report



FEMA releases 2016 National Preparedness Report
Earlier this month the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced the publication of its 2016 National Preparedness Report. The report, which was issued this spring, evaluates core capabilities of U.S. government agencies tasked with providing emergency preparedness and response. FEMA’s report highlights several DHS initiatives,… Read More

Report: post-Katrina coordination could be improved



Report: post-Katrina coordination could be improved
In July, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) published a report assessing the effectiveness of emergency communications after the implementation of the Post-Katrina Emergency Management Reform Act of 2006 (PKEMRA). The PKEMRA was enacted to improve the federal government’s preparation for and response to disasters, including emergency communications. GAO-16-681 examines … Read More