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Virginia, North Carolina, and Wisconsin

Virginia Develops free emergency resources for businesses, but imposes security fees on incoming oceanborne cargoA new online resource – the Virginia Business Emergency Survival Toolkit (available at www.vaemergency.com/business) – has been developed by a group of emergency organizations in Virginia that includes information and other resources that the state’s businesses can use

Michigan, New York, Washington, and Florida

Michigan plays a perfect game before defending the Great Lakes; New York considers the purchase of an advanced helicopter for firefighting, rescue operations; the state of Washington conducts its first bioterrorism exercise; and Florida sets aside a speci

Oklahoma, Texas, Indiana, and Kansas

Oklahoma continues to provide more resources for first responders and counterterrorism personnel; new partnerships in homeland security and emergency preparedness formed in Texas; Indiana agencies address suspicious activity and fraud; Kansas responders.

Missouri, Rhode Island, and Nevada

Missouri, Rhode Island, and Nevada By Anthony Lanzillotti Missouri Funeral Directors seek help with PPE funding Funeral home directors in Missouri have asked the state to help them obtain federal funding for the purchase of personal protective equipment (PPE). The request came after a recent meeting of the directors to discuss

Ohio, California and Minnesota

A dirty bomb is hidden inside a vessel at a port facility somewhere on Lake Erie. SWAT teams, more than 180 first responders, and a large number of EMS student victims are among the many-splendored participants in an extended counter-terrorism exercise at Ohio Tests Lake Erie Dirty-Bomb Scenario Just two weeks

Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Illinois, and Wyoming

In this issue: Pennsylvania seeks funds for rural areas. Massachusetts updates biological-warfare defense plans. Illinois awards grants to TechAlt, Midco. Wyoming upgrades its inland-waterways capabilities.

Maryland, Georgia, Arizona, & Mississippi

This issue: Maryland focuses on assistance grants; Georgia assigns responsibilities to Homeland Security Task Force; Arizona continues TOPOFF4 planning; and Mississippi provides a full calendar of training options.

Oregon, Nebraska, Tennessee, and Kentucky

Oregon City of Portland Selected for Terrorism Exercise in 2007Portland, Ore., one of the fifteen cities that applied to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in 2004, has been chosen as one of two sites for the “TOPOFF4” exercise scheduled for 2007. The Oregon Office of Homeland Security (OOHS) is

Arkansas, New Jersey and Alaska

Arkansas Arkansas Department Of Emergency Management (ADEM)The vision of the ADEM states, “The Arkansas Department of Emergency Management will be the recognized leader nationwide for state-level homeland security and disaster preparedness programs, policies, and procedures by 2010.” In keeping with this vision, the ADEM has implemented a list of Suggested Protective Measures for

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Article Out Loud – The Maui Wildfires, Relief Funds, and Incident Recovery

  Full article by Douglas (Doug) Stockham, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, July 10, 2024. In this feature article, the co-founder of the nonprofit Emergency Assistance Foundation describes the financial effects of the Maui wildfires. When a disaster strikes, some people do not have the protections or the

Article Out Loud – Five Key Domains of Incident Management

  Full article by Aaron Clark-Ginsberg, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, July 10, 2024. In this feature article, a behavioral social scientist lists five key domains that can help incident management teams assess and improve their effectiveness. Effective incident management is a set of activities, not simply boxes

Article Out Loud – Jane Doe – Responding to Vulnerable Patients

  Full article by Catherine L. Feinman, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, June 26, 2024. In this feature article, the editor of Domestic Preparedness shares the real-life story of a medical crew who responded to a call that left a lasting impression. Despite the prevalence of first responders

Article Out Loud – Invisible Chains: Human Trafficking, Drug Abuse, and Support

  Full article by Sandra Dennis-Essig, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, June 19, 2024. In this feature article, an emergency manager collaborated with the New Jersey Coalition Against Human Trafficking as an advocate, speaker, and survivor to share trauma-informed care and advocacy that first responders, legislators, and others

Article Out Loud – Fentanyl Hazards and Detection

  Full article by Ashley Bradley and Kristin Omberg, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, June 12, 2024. In this feature article, a biomedical scientist and a senior technical advisor share new ways scientists at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory are expanding detection strategies and technologies to keep responders safe. The

Article Out Loud – A Modern Take on an Age-Old Biological Weapon

  Full article by Raphael M. Barishansky, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, June 12, 2024. In this feature article, a public health leader shares his perspective on the recent reports of North Korea launching balloons filled with fecal matter and propaganda into South Korea. Could similar tactics be

Article Out Loud – The Nexus Between Drug and Human Trafficking

  Full article by Richard Schoeberl, Jeff Bolettieri, and Bill Loucks, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, June 5, 2024. In this feature article, three professionals with extensive law enforcement experience describe how transnational criminal organizations are using their experience in drug trafficking to utilize routes and operating procedures

Article Out Loud – A Plan to Protect the Youngest Children

  Full article by Marie O’Connell, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, June 5, 2024. In this feature article, the executive director of a non-profit organization serving children and educators describes a safety program in Florida that is free to schools. Most educational and training programs for protecting schools

Article Out Loud – A Critical Imperative for Natural Hazards

  Full article by Sandra Dennis-Essig, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, May 29, 2024. In this feature article, an emergency management professional describes how communities can take a comprehensive preparedness approach to mitigate the potentially devastating effects of natural hazards by integrating the intricate interrelations of physical, social,

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