Tag: Disaster Preparation

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 state of emergency. National Guard units from Illinois, Rhode […]

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Last Friday marked the beginning of National Preparedness Month, a time where we are encouraged to focus on “readying ourselves for disasters, both natural and man-made.” The theme this year is “Disasters Don’t Plan Ahead. You Can.” Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke stressed the importance of preparedness in the kickoff of National Preparedness […]

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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 of Disaster declaration and the Governor […]

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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. The RBD competition was launched in June 2013 […]

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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 really knows, and that is […]

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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 to 16, participants worked together to create solutions to […]

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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 (DoD) personnel around the world […]

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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, programs, and case studies that demonstrate their interagency efforts […]

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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 success of last year’s theme, “Don’t Wait, […]

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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 federal efforts to implement PKEMRA emergency communications […]

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