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October 2023

Featured in this issue: Editor Note: Technology: Can’t Live With It, Can’t Live Without It by Catherine L. Feinman; COVID-19 – Emergency Plans and Readiness Exercises by Rich Christ; Water and Wastewater Sector Perspectives by Elston Johnson; National Preparedness Efforts Among Tribal Communities by Lynda Zambrano and Catherine L. Feinman;

DHS Investigation Leads to Three Indictments Against China-Based Chemical Manufacturing Companies and Employees for Fentanyl Trafficking

Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas detailed efforts by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) to disrupt the fentanyl precursor chemical supply chain. Working in concert with federal partners, HSI agents and CBP officers investigated and interdicted precursor

TSA stopped over 1,800 firearms at airport checkpoints nationwide during the third quarter of 2023; expects to surpass last year’s record of 6,542 firearm interceptions by the end of the year

During the first three quarters of 2023, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) intercepted 5,072 firearms at airport security checkpoints, and at the current rate, the agency will surpass last year’s record 6,542 firearms prevented from getting onboard aircraft.

August 2023

Featured in this issue: Editor Note: Close to Home by Catherine L. Feinman; 7 Best Practices for Implementing Housing Recovery Programs by Daina Ruback; Sports Celebrations – Expect the Best, Plan for the Worst by Robert Leverone; Community Preparedness for the Socially & Civically Isolated by George Schwartz; Recruitment and

DHS S&T Awards Funds to PNNL to Research the Future of Emergency Management

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) awarded $1.67 million to the Department of Energy (DOE) Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) to conduct research on strengthening and reimagining the future emergency response structure. Tactical actions will focus on advancing next generation emergency operation centers (EOCs), supporting

DHS Announces Funding Allocations for FY 2023 Preparedness Grants

the Department of Homeland Security announced final allocations of $605 million in six Fiscal Year 2023 competitive preparedness grant programs. These allocations, together with the almost $1.4 billion in non-competitive grant funding announced earlier this year, total more than $2 billion in FY 2023 to help prepare our nation against threats

July 2023

Featured in this issue: Editor Note: Maintaining Planning Strategies for Evolving Threats by Catherine L. Feinman; Creating a New Standard for Evaluating Tabletop Exercises by John Duda and Scott J. Glick; Long-Term Care Facilities in Emergency Preparedness Planning by Tanya Scherr & Daniel Scherr; Inside the “Boot Camp” for Emergency

CBP Released a Migrant on a Terrorist Watchlist, and ICE Faced Information Sharing Challenges Planning and Conducting the Arrest (REDACTED)

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) apprehended and subsequently released a migrant without providing information requested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Terrorist Screening Center (TSC) that would have confirmed the migrant was a positive match with the Terrorist Screening Data Set (Terrorist Watchlist). This occurred because CBP’s ineffective practices


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Article Out Loud – Five Steps Toward Enhancing Climate Resilience

Many communities have been impacted by “acute climate shocks” such as wildfires, hurricanes, floods, heatwaves, and severe winter storms – resulting in the loss of lives, livelihoods, and infrastructure. The five steps shared in this 2018 article can help enhance climate resilience.

Article Out Loud – 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 community resilience as participants gather to focus on building interoperability within and between jurisdictions.

Article Out Loud – Local Security: The Forgotten Factor in Relief Operations

  By Joseph W. Trindal, An Article Out Loud Flashback from Domestic Preparedness, originally published on February 24, 2010. The 2010 earthquake in Haiti exposed many weaknesses in the local infrastructure. Learn how security gaps and concerns presented even more problems for the relief effort. Narrated by Elisa DeLeon. Listen

Article Out Loud – A Failure To Over-Communicate

  By Terry Hastings, An Article Out Loud Flashback from Domestic Preparedness, originally published on May 10, 2017. Emergency managers (and others) often fail to fully engage and educate the whole community. This 2017 article discusses the need to over-communicate and explore new ways to educate people. Narrated by Elisa


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