Tag: Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

In 2001, senior U.S. policymakers converged to participate in the still famous Dark Winter exercise. The exercise contemplated a covert, bioterrorist attack against the U.S… However, a decade and a half later, as the nation faced the 2014–2016 Ebola crisis, assessments of the U.S. government response led to a sobering conclusion: The U.S. still has not learned the lessons of Dark Winter…

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Featured article: The Value of Conceptual Planning During Disasters by Michael Long The Army Design Method is a useful tool for understanding poorly structured problems and developing approaches to solving them. It is the most effective methodology for conceptual planning within the military. After a year-long fellowship at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), I have learned of its utility […]

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The response to Hurricane Florence is underway, and according to Air Force General Terrence J. O’Shaughnessey cooperation between local, state, and federal entities has been “outstanding.” Speaking from the North Carolina operations center, O’Shaughnessey praised the efforts of the Department of Defense (DoD), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and other responders, saying that their cooperation […]

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According to Department of Defense (DoD) officials, more than 7,000 active duty and National Guard service members are prepared to respond to Hurricane Florence. DoD officials also said that the department is working with civilian agencies and federal partners in support of regions affected by the storm. U.S. Northern Command is “actively posturing” DoD forces in […]

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September 1 marked the beginning of National Preparedness Month, with the theme for 2018 being “Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How.” National Preparedness Month provides an opportunity to remind us that “we all must prepare ourselves and our families now and throughout the year.” In her message on National Preparedness Month, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen […]

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In August, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) released a follow-up report to the mass shooting incident that occurred in Las Vegas on October 1, 2017. The attack on the Route 91 Harvest Festival left 58 concertgoers dead and more than 800 injured. Included in the 61-page report’s findings are 72 lessons learned. One notable […]

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The Hawaii National Guard and active-duty military personnel, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Baltimore District), Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunters, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are preparing for Hurricane Lane to make landfall. FEMA has activated its National Response Coordination Center in Washington, DC, and the Hawaii National Guard has activated its emergency operations […]

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