Disaster Response


New law creates interagency safety group



New law creates interagency safety group
The House of Representatives and the Senate recently passed the RESPONSE Act of 2016, in an effort “to enhance emergency responder training for incidents involving hazardous-materials rail transportation.” The bill passed the House on November 29, and the Senate on December 10, before being signed into law by President Obama… 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

Updated cyber response plan in the works



Updated cyber response plan in the works
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is working on an updated version of the National Cyber Incident Response Plan (NCIRP). The current NCIRP has not been updated for six years. The NCIRP provides a plan for the government’s response to major cyberattacks and is “a nationwide approach to cyber incidents,… Read More

Post-hurricane aid to Haiti winds down



Post-hurricane aid to Haiti winds down
The Department of Defense (DoD) is wrapping up its two-week mission in Haiti. Service members were deployed to the storm ravaged nation following Hurricane Matthew’s landfall in early October. Earlier this week, U.S. Southern Command commander Navy Admiral Kurt W. Tidd spoke about DoD’s response efforts during a conference at… 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

U.S. agencies support relief in Haiti



U.S. agencies support relief in Haiti
Over 10,000 federal employees from various agencies have been deployed to aid the areas effected by Hurricane Matthew. U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Department of Defense (DoD), and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) personnel have also been deployed to Haiti, which has been hardt hit by the storm. An… Read More

Featured Article: Ethics Committee Model…



Featured Article: Ethics Committee Model…
Featured article: Ethics Committee Model for Humanitarian Operations Planning by Philip W. Ginder Most hospitals and healthcare organizations have established ethics committees that deal with issues involving medical, ethical, and/or legal conflict or uncertainty. The Joint Commission, the accreditation body for the vast majority of hospitals and other ambulatory healthcare… 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