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Command vehicles with a human interface

“In bureaucratic manuals, ‘command’ and ‘control’ are nouns,” noted Bill Iannacci, director of civil communications solutions for Raytheon, Waltham, Mass. “In the field, they know differently. ‘Command’ and ‘control’ are verbs there. You have to assert command and gain control of situations that inevitably are unpredictable and more complicated than anything you planned for.” Keep Reading

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Advocacy Group to Discuss Emergency Preparedness for People With Disabilities

The National Council on Disability (NCD) will hear presentations on emergency preparedness for people with disabilities at the New Orleans Marriott Convention Center, 859 Convention Center Boulevard, New Orleans, Louisiana, January 29, 2008, at 1:15 p.m. These presentations are open to the public and the media.

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Survey Finds Gender Gap in Attitudes Toward Disaster Preparedness

Men and women are on different pages when it comes to disaster preparedness, with males typically believing they are more prepared than women, according to a national survey by AxcessPoints, an online disaster preparedness service that helps consumers safekeep insurance, financial and medical information.

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Moulage Casts Reality With Mock Injuries

At first it appears to be the set of Hollywood’s latest horror film: Torn tissue, blood, lacerations, broken bones and even vomit are enough to make the strongest person nauseous and woozy. But this isn’t theater – it’s the Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) in Anniston, Ala. The use of artificial injuries isn’t a new… Keep Reading

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Americans Continue to Lack Disaster Emergency Plans

In 2007, the Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) declared 63 major US disasters. Almost every state in the country was affected, including Hawaii. In response to such emergency situations, Disaster Recovery America has formulated a Web-based emergency plan to help families and communities quickly get back on their feet.

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Pentagon Assesses WMD Response Training

A recent report has outlined weaknesses in the Defense Department’s training and education doctrine for military personnel who could be involved in the response to an unconventional weapons incident, Inside Missile Defense reported.

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DC Launches New Emergency Preparedness Web Site

The District of Columbia Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency (HSEMA) has launched a redesigned web site today in the hopes that it will help D.C. residents better prepare for emergencies. The site, called 72hours.dc.gov, lists emergency resource information by topic.

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Riding Into the Hot Zone

First responders have become acutely conscious of the importance of interoperable command, control and communications. Today, they have a variety of options when choosing the vehicles that will support them on the scene.

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Local First Responders: America’s First Line of Defense

Recently, responders and academics have trumpeted multiple emergencies as the next big threat to American security. These new threats include avian influenza, massive hurricanes and devastating earthquakes. Global media produce hundreds of stories calling attention to these looming disasters.

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Never too late to get it right

Colorado State University hurricane expert Dr. William M. Gray predicts 17 named storms, nine hurricanes and five intense hurricanes for the 2006 season, which began June 1. And though it's been seven months since Katrina's aftermath devastated the Gulf Coast region, we're not nearly ready to handle another major disaster.


 

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Funding the first 72 hours

Under the current framework for emergency preparedness, the burden of initial response falls largely to states and local governments. Historically, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has established 72-hours as the maximum amount of time for emergency response teams to arrive on scene, leaving local citizens vulnerable during what the National Response Plan refers to as “the initial 72-hour period of self-sufficiency.”

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