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This report, compiled by the American Water Works Association with the Department of Homeland Security looks at the nation's water security in the face of rising domestic and natural threats.
This report, compiled by Ernst & Young along with Oxford Analytica looks into the risks facing the global insurance industry and the ways in which businesses can begin to build preparedness, response and resiliency best practices into their models and cultures.
This report, released by the National Academies looks into stresses the transportation infrastructure will face with more severe weather. It focuses on five main areas and says that federal, state and local governments must cooperate with private and public stakeholders to develop adequate emergency response plans.
The Predict and Prevent initiative was begun by Google to address the increasingly globalized economy, global climate change, and the challenges facing the international health community. Pandemic outbreaks in some of the world's poorest countries poses a unique challenge requiring quick response to identify, confirm, contain and mitigate outbreaks as they unfold.
Using stadiums for shelters during emergencies allows for a centralized and quick solution to helping victims of a disaster gain relatively quick access to a safe environment. However, if not properly handled, stadiums can become logistical nightmares.
This white paper, released by First Water Inc., outlines the ways counties can hope to plan and execute an effective program to provide potable water to counties in the U.S. who have been affected by a disaster.
Neutral Tandem's white paper deals with the "bottlenecks" created in the nation's communications infrastructure using local exchange carriers (LEC). Neutral Tandem has said that its solution to introduce an independent tandem infrastructure "is essential to homeland security ... [and] is available to the public at no cost to taxpayers."
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This report released by the ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability - addressing the steps all sizes of communities can take to help incorporate changing climate patterns into their overall preparedness and response systems. Topics include possible pandemic, drought, severe storms and emergency response challenges and possible solutions.
This case study published by Manpower, outlines the cooperation between the public and private sectors which can connect existing resources to challenges faced during an initial recovery after a disaster. Manpower was able to provide the state of Florida's smaller communities with a workforce using residents from the affected communities which helped to establish a strong foundation for economic and job force recovery.
The technology provided by Syniverse has helped to establish a working platform for communications capabilities to broadcast wirelessly information about a stolen or lost child.
The Bush administration released this update homeland security strategy which the White House says will provide a national framework for preparedness, response and security through all levels - federal, state and local.
This emergency preparedness guide was developed by the Louisiana State Animal Response Team to teach residents how to prepare disaster response plans for their families pets and farm animals.
The International Bottled Water Association released this federal, state and local emergency management directory to help companies working with water to be able to identify and contact those who would be able to help distribute supplies in the event of an emergency.
Apart from changes in global weather patterns, rising global temperatures will put a strain on natural resources which some have said will cause strains in security among nations and in the U.S. as well. This report looks into the possible security ramifications of a changing global climate.
The National Incident Management System was designed to provide a federal outline that would represent "a core set of doctrine, concepts, principles, terminology, and organizational processes to enable effective, efficient, and collaborative incident
management at all levels."
This report, released by the Chemical Safety Board found that a lack of corporate preparedness and foresight led to a faulty response which led to the death of one employee as well as 14 injured.
A business continuity disaster survey taken by AT&T and released in May found many businesses doing little to build preparedness plans and continuity of operations into their organizations.
A survey released by AT&T after the Hurricanes Katrina and Rita looked at the state of the business community's preparedness and its focus on continuity of operations.
Recently, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff unveiled the department's supply chain preparedness and response measures to make sure that private sector assets are able to rebound after a disaster.
The National Cooperative Highway Research Program released a report detailing best practices for transportation-based industries to prepare for and respond to disasters and how to keep their continuity of operations in place.
The U.S. Fire Administration released this report detailing the current state of volunteer recruitment for their emergency response services in the U.S. The report found that citizens were still willing to contribute time and resources so long as a certain set of criteria were in place.
This report, released by the Infrastructure Security Partnership in 2006 worked to identify and determine the critical criteria necessary to ensure that infrastructure was adequately prepared for disasters and that the outlying response community would be able to handle a disaster in that area.
Trust in corporations and the use of digital technologies such as the internet and laptop computers are changing the way consumers relate to businesses. Additionally, technology also provides would-be identity thieves and avenue for potentially more victims. With such a paradigm, the relationship between businesses and their clientele will change and those changes will ultimately affect the economic infrastructure as well as the overall security of consumers.
A report released by the Government Accountability Office which looks at the privatization of the airport security screening force and what goals have been met and what goals remain.
The National Animal ID System is a voluntary project overseen by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. It is voluntary and seeks to create a working and flexible database so that farmers can register their livestock to help government officials track the possible spread of infectious diseases. This is a progress report for 2004 - 2006.
To help businesses plan for pandemic response and preparedness, the U.S. Department of Occupational Health and Safety Administration released a series of guidelines designed to maintain such vital business operations as food supply distribution and electricity production.
The Global Risks report released by the World Economic Forum for 2007 found that increased pressure on natural resources would aggravate existing tensions in much of the third world and that by having first world nations help compensate scarce resources, many of the foundations of terrorism can be mitigated.
To implement the US-VISIT program, the Department of Homeland Security has created an automated ID management system to keep track of records of passengers coming into and leaving the U.S.
The Citizens for Rail Security report focuses on training measures for rail workers to help them address hazmat situations. According to the report it is essential that rail workers be trained to handle hazmat situations - more than 1.8 million shipments of hazardous materials are carried across the U.S. each year.
After Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast region, federal, state and local governments as well as community, private, relief organizations and academic institutions asked what are the implications of such a large disaster on the affected communities and the nation as a whole. This Brookings Institute paper handles some of those questions.
A GAO investigation testing the U.S.' border security found that small amounts of radioactive sources were able to be smuggled across the border. The amount of radioactive material was enough to make a "dirty bomb" that would spew toxic radiation over a community.
After large earthquakes shook Hawaiian communities in October, 2006, the state's government released a report detailing best practices to increase state and local first responders' abilities to communicate and respond during a disaster when the information infrastructure has been damaged.
The Department of Homeland Security has partnered with universities in the U.S. to integrate homeland security officials, professionals, researchers, educators and students to promote collaboration and research and development programs.
The National Animal ID System's field report was completed in June 2006 and focused on the national, voluntary project of registering livestock for federal tracking so that if a disease were to break out, government officials would be able to locate the source quickly. The field reports also tested the ability to use RFID technology to effectively track and maintain databases of the animals.
The Center for American Progress has found that less than fifteen states or cities in the U.S. "have the capability to administer stockpiled vaccines or other drugs on a large scale," and that "20 percent of Americans live in states where hospitals lack the medical equipment necessary when handling a severe health crisis."
The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials released their Strategic Highway Safety Plan to try an curb the amount of accidents occurring on the nation's roadways. The plan also works to develop and implement a national blueprint that would involve "all elements of the traffic safety community" and work to increase the level of communication and education of communities.
As global warming continues to raise temperatures, shifting weather patterns will create more natural disasters that will affect responders, private citizens and the business community. The British government released its report on preparedness plans for businesses facing possible financial loss due to global climate change.
Waste water treatment facilities are important parts of the general infrastructure which can be hurt if there is damage to a number of other infrastructure elements such as the power grid, and dams.
The USDA issued these guidelines to increase the level of security on U.S. farms as well as to help mitigate the threat against a bioterror attack.
The National Strategy for Homeland Security, released in July 2002, outlined the initial move by the federal government to establish a national network dedicated to protecting and preparing the U.S. against the threat of a terrorist attack or a large-scale natural disaster. The creation of the Department of Homeland Security amalgamated more than 22 pre-existing federal agencies under one aegis.
The National Response Plan was released in 2004. It outlines the process and fundamental guidelines for the communication and coordination of federal, state and local emergency management operations. In the words of DHS, the plan "establishes a comprehensive all-hazards approach to enhance the ability of the United States to manage domestic incidents."
During Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma this year, refugees seeking shelter were moved into city stadiums usually used for large sporting events. However, during Hurricane Katrina, it was clear that the facilities were not nearly adequate to handle the influx of people. This report details ways to increase stadium preparedness and crisis mitigation.
To help coordinate national-level emergency disaster response and to improve the national emergency response mechanism, the Heritage Foundation recommended that the federal government should create "national standards [that] must be established for a national response system that will enable it to respond to everyday demands, establish regional and national communications, and operate when the infrastructure is degraded."
The National Governors Association released its flu pandemic preparedness report to help to give state and local governments resources and tools needed to formulate specific pandemic mitigation and preparedness plans as well as to begin to develop alternative methods of quarantining and spread control.
The International Association of Fire Chiefs in cooperation with the U.S. Fire Administration released a final report in 2006 that looked at hazardous materials response, incident planning and management as well as methods on training departments to handle better emergencies involving hazardous materials.
A report which focuses on organizing and classifying the nation's critical assets which could be considered targets of a potential terrorist attack. Officials at the Department of Homeland Security have worked to create a "more effective, efficient economical" database management operation.
The National Research and Development Plan lead by the Department of Homeland Security was released in April 2005 to help spearhead research that would provide security technologies and strategies for the nation's critical infrastructure. The plan "integrates cyber, physical, and human elements," as well as working to outline a national strategy for protecting and preparing critical infrastructure against natural and manmade threats.
The University of Minnesota's Food Protection and Defense Department released a report which researched the public's reaction to the threat of terrorism as well as the initial response to a terrorist threat. The report found there to be six different ways people tend to respond ranging from completely paralyzed with fear, to utterly not caring.
A report to the Los Angeles Mayor's office on creating wireless internet networks in the city found that public/private partnerships working to connect the city would also provide opportunity's for the city's first responders, police departments and other public works department to interact, cooperate and develop effective communications and information-sharing networks. Their initial recommendation was the "adoption of public/private partnerships designed to deploy fast and easy communications services in every neighborhood."
Second Harvest has partnered with FEMA to help provide food for those affected by disasters - man made and natural. This particular Memorandum of Understanding, the press release reads, "is [an] important public sector / private sector partnership that will ensure a swift response to disasters and ensure that emergency food, water and grocery products can be quickly moved to people in need."
The Salvation Army has been working with FEMA to provide emergency disaster assistance to communities and families affected by natural and man made events. The organization was given disaster relief status under the Robert T. Stafford Emergency and Disaster Assistance Act.
The American Chemistry Council released it's Responsible CareŠ Security Code management practices to help "protect processes, information and information systems by enhancing security, including security against" the threat of terrorist attacks and other security-related events.
2005 was one of the worst years on record for large and catastrophic storms. Hurricanes Katrina, Wilma and Rita helped to inflict some of the most severe and expensive damage in U.S. history on communities in the Gulf Coast area. After its response, the Red Cross released a report detailing emergency operations following the storms. Later in 2006, the organization announced a reorganization of management and operations.
Prepared by the Department of Homeland Security, the Pandemic Influenza Preparedness, Response, and Recovery guide was written to provide information to businesses, infrastructure and key resource managers on ways to mitigate and prepare for a national pandemic.
The Global Chemical Industry released a series of reports which outlined ways to increase the reliability, security, sustainability and cooperative efforts and partnerships in the chemical industry.
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