emergency management


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

Civilians and military respond to Hermine



Civilians and military respond to Hermine
Civilian and military emergency response teams sprang into action after Hurricane Hermine made landfall on the western coast of Florida earlier this month. Responders included the Florida National Guard’s Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and high-yield Explosive Enhanced Response Force Package and part of Florida’s Urban Search and Rescue Team. Flooding… Read More

Public and private sector discuss Zika



Public and private sector discuss Zika
On July 13, the State Department hosted a public-private sector roundtable discussion on the Zika virus. Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources Heather Higginbottom and Deputy Homeland Security Adviser Amy Pope opened the discussion. Higginbottom and Pope both spoke on the “growing public health emergency” that is already… Read More

FEMA looking for National Advisory Council applicants



FEMA looking for National Advisory Council applicants
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is looking for qualified individuals who are interested in serving on FEMA’s National Advisory Council (NAC). The NAC advises the FEMA administrator on all aspects of emergency management, ensuring effective and ongoing coordination of federal preparedness, protection, response, recovery, and mitigation for natural disasters,… Read More

FEMA collaboration reviewed by GAO



FEMA collaboration reviewed by GAO
Earlier this month the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report assessing the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) disaster logistics efforts with interagency partners. GAO examined FEMA’s ability to deliver goods to disaster survivors, focusing on how well FEMA collaborated with federal partners and with state and local stakeholders. GAO… Read More

GAO recommends greater collaboration in emergencies



GAO recommends greater collaboration in emergencies

In December 2014, the Government Accountability Office released a report analyzing current strategies to prepare for no-notice catastrophic emergencies that assesses federal interagency emergency support function preparedness...

FEMA releases National Protection Framework



FEMA releases National Protection Framework

This summer, the Federal Emergency Management Agency released the first edition of their National Protection Framework. The framework examines how to safeguard against acts of terrorism, natural disasters, and other threats or hazards...