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
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
Last Thursday marked the beginning of the 2016 National Preparedness Month, which serves as a reminder that we all must take action to prepare, now and throughout the year, for the types of emergencies that could affect us where we live, work, and also where we visit. Due to the… Read More
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
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
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
Last year, the RAND Corporation published a report examining the multi-agency response following Hurricane Sandy in 2012...
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...
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...
In July 2014, the FEMA released the Federal Interagency Operational Plans. The plans describe how the federal government aligns resources and delivers core capabilities identified in the National Preparedness Goal...