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; Information Technology Sector Perspectives by Paul Galyen and Nathan DiPillo; Healthcare and Public Health Sector Perspectives by Tanya Scherr and Dan Scherr; Emerging Technologies, Part 1 – Information and Communication by Ian Pleet; Emerging Technologies, Part 2 – Uncrewed Vehicles by Ian Pleet; Emerging Technologies, Part 3 – AI and Machine Learning by Ian Pleet;

National Preparedness Efforts Among Tribal Communities

Participants at the National Tribal Emergency Management Council’s annual conference in August shared some key takeaways for tribal and nontribal communities to improve their disaster preparedness efforts. Understanding the concerns and challenges is essential.

Beyond Registries: Better Solutions for People With Disabilities

Emergency planners often identify volunteer disaster registries as a solution for assisting people with disabilities during a disaster. However, registries have flaws. Learn about eight common registry problems and the author’s better solutions that should be considered.

Targeted Violence in Schools: Are Future Educators Prepared?

Targeted-violent events threaten staff and students’ physical, psychological, and emotional well-being in public schools. However, the increasing frequency of these incidents raises concerns about the preparedness of incoming teachers and current staff to handle such incidents.

Long-Term Care Facilities in Emergency Preparedness Planning

An important part of community emergency preparedness planning includes long-term care facilities such as nursing homes, dialysis, home care centers, or hospice facilities. Plans must in place for these facilities to care for the residents in their care during emergencies.

Food and Agriculture Sector Perspectives

  The U.S. Food and Agriculture (FA) Sector is composed of complex production, processing, and delivery systems that can feed people and animals both within and beyond the boundaries of […]

Perfect Storm: Albuterol Shortage & Supply Chain Upset

albuterolAs of 2020, albuterol was the seventh most commonly prescribed medication in the U.S., with more than an estimated 17 million patients receiving it and nearly 62 million prescriptions issued annually. Albuterol is a short-acting bronchodilator drug that helps treat or prevent respiratory issues by relaxing the smooth muscles in the airway to make breathing easier. Albuterol is a lifeline for many patients that helps them treat and manage chronic and acute respiratory illnesses such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. However, this lifeline is in short supply.
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