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Dungeons and Disasters: Gamification of Public Health Responses

  The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Homeland Security Exercise Evaluation Program (HSEEP) includes games as one of their discussion-based exercise types, alongside tabletops, workshops, and seminars. Although tabletop exercises are common discussion-based exercises in a multi-year Integrated Preparedness Plan (IPP), that practice format is not necessarily challenging to participants. For example, public health departments and hospital groups who need to test their response plans continually may go through the motions of “checking the box”…

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Interoperability During Mass Casualty Incidents

During a mass casualty incident, response agencies must be able to communicate in real-time. This means that interoperability plans need to include everyone involved in the response. One lesson learned from past incidents is that hospitals are an often overlooked “responder.” Learn what one agency is doing to close this
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Support and Planning Inside 911 Centers

In an emergency, call 911. This simple instruction is easy to remember, but many do not know about the people, training, and technology required to make this lifesaving tool available 24-7. Learn about what happens inside the four walls of an emergency communications center and the strategic planning every community
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Protecting Infrastructure – Cyber, Physical, and EMP Attacks

Imagine 3,500 spiders, each with their own style, getting together to create a giant web. That’s how this author describes the U.S. power grid and the complexities related to protecting the nation’s critical infrastructure from cyber, physical, and electromagnetic pulse attacks.

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The Race to Interoperability

The Boston Marathon Bombing demonstrated the dedication, commitment, and strength of those who responded that day. The lessons learned from that event continue to strengthen

Information Technology Sector Perspectives

The Information Technology Sector is one of 16 sectors identified as critical infrastructure under the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency. Domestic Preparedness invited subject matter experts to

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Dungeons and Disasters: Gamification of Public Health Responses

  The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Homeland Security Exercise Evaluation Program (HSEEP) includes games as one of their discussion-based exercise types, alongside tabletops, workshops, and seminars. Although tabletop exercises are common discussion-based exercises in a multi-year Integrated Preparedness Plan (IPP), that practice format is not necessarily challenging to participants. For example, public health departments and hospital groups who need to test their response plans continually may go through the motions of “checking the box”…

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Water and Wastewater Sector Perspectives

The Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency defines the Water and Wastewater Systems Sector as one of “16 critical infrastructure sectors.” Read about this sector’s numerous

Planning for A Cross-Country Special Event

A solar eclipse is a unique form of special event that does not always fall under emergency planning protocols, but it should. This article urges

Citizen Soldiers and American State Defense Forces

State defense forces can be activated in times of emergency to assist with disaster response, homeland security, and other missions. However, more awareness within communities

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