As the U.S. marks the ninth anniversary of 9/11, I wanted to post some ideas that I think would help raise citizen preparedness and engagement. The recommendations come from discussions that I have had with people involved in all aspects of the issue, my own experiences as a parent and CERT member in New York [...]
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September 13th, 2010 · 3 Comments
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A Job Opening That’s ‘Ready’ To Be Filled Immediately: Elected Official Needed To Take Lead On Citizen Preparedness
August 24th, 2010 · 2 Comments
During the time that I have covered the topic of citizen emergency preparedness, one of the most surprising things I’ve found is that there is no major elected official who has taken the lead on the issue.
It’s surprising for a number of reasons: natural disasters and terrorism dominate the headlines and will continue to for [...]
One Way Citizens Can Help Strengthen U.S. Homeland Security? Tell Their Senators & Reps. To Streamline DHS Congressional Oversight
July 22nd, 2010 · 1 Comment
When it comes to the subject of what citizens should be doing to improve their disaster preparedness too often the focus is solely on emergency supplies or plans. Less attention is paid to what each of us can do as citizens to improve our community’s and nation’s preparedness by participating in the political process as [...]
June 11th, 2010 · No Comments
A bill, co-sponsored by a bi-partisan group of members of the U.S. House Homeland Security Committee and introduced yesterday, would require the U.S. government to better inform the public about weapons of mass destruction (WMD).
Those provisions are part of comprehensivelegislation addressingÂ the WMD threat which is based largely on the recommendations of the Commission on the [...]
Top DHS Official Says U.S. Has “To Start Thinking Very Seriously About What We Would Actually Do The Day After [A Nuclear Or Biological] Attack” — And Explain To Public We Could Recover
June 10th, 2010 · 3 Comments
A top Department of Homeland Security Department official said yesterday that the U.S. has “to start thinking very seriously about what we would actually do the day after [a biological or nuclear] attack” and explain to the public that we could recover from such an incident.
The speech was reported in an article by Martin Matishak [...]
At Hearing, House Homeland Security Subcommittee Chairman Cuellar Asks FEMA For New Preliminary Plan To Increase U.S. Community, Citizen Preparedness
October 5th, 2009 · No Comments
I attended a very interesting hearing on Capitol Hill late last week,Â “Preparedness: State of Citizen and Community Preparedness,” held by theÂ House Subcommittee on Emergency Communications, Preparedness, and Response which is chaired byÂ Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX).
At the hearing,Â Bill Jenkins Jr. from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) presented a preliminary report,Â Emergency ManagementÂ Preliminary ObservationsÂ on FEMAâ€™s CommunityÂ Preparedness ProgramsÂ Related to [...]
New Bill Would Require U.S. Provide Better WMD Terror Threat/Evacuation Info To Public; Legislation Would Codify Recommendations Of Commission
September 8th, 2009 · 3 Comments
A bill introduced today by the U.S. Senate Homeland Security Committee’s Chairman, Sen. Joe Lieberman (ID-CT),Â and its ranking Republican,Â Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), offers several initiatives to improve the government’s information and planning for the public in the event of a terrorist attack from weapons of mass destruction (WMD).
“The Weapons of Mass Destruction Prevention and Preparedness [...]
May 17th, 2008 · No Comments
A bill that would bolster the public’s involvement and engagement inÂ their own homeland security advancedÂ in Congress this month. ThisÂ is particularly important to this blog asÂ it isÂ legislationÂ specifically focused onÂ citizen preparedness –Â in fact, ‘citizen preparedness’ isÂ even in theÂ name.
“H.R. 5890, the Citizen and Community Preparedness Act of 2008″ passed theÂ Homeland Security Committee’s Emergency Preparedness and Response Subcommittee,Â chaired by [...]
May 17th, 2008 · 2 Comments
The House Homeland Security Committee has been holding an important series of hearings called “The Resilient Homeland”. ‘Resilience’ is an increasingly important concept in the homeland security world.Â In its initial press statement, the CommitteeÂ defined resilienceÂ asÂ ”an approach to ensure the Nationâ€™s ability to quickly and effectively bounce back from large scale disruptions.”
Thanks largely to the excellent [...]
May 15th, 2008 · 2 Comments
The U.S.Â Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs has been holding a very interesting series of hearings on nuclear terrorism. Though the hearings have covered manyÂ aspects ofÂ theÂ nuclear threat, one of the most important themes that has emerged isÂ citizen preparedness.
In fact, though yesterday’sÂ hearingÂ was called “Nuclear Terrorism: Providing Medical Care and Meeting Basic Needs in the [...]