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Shielding Communities: Public Health Strategies for Natural Hazards

  As public health preparedness and response efforts evolved from their initial bioterrorism roots to take on an “all hazards” approach, the public health consequences of natural hazards have come fully into focus for governmental public health entities. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) defines natural hazards as “environmental phenomena that have the potential to impact societies and the human environment,” with some examples including hurricanes, earthquakes, tornados, and severe winter storms. FEMA’s 2023 National…

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Sustaining Those Working in Disasters

Those working in emergency response roles can face periods of prolonged stress which takes a toll on their health and well being It is important to know how to support them before during and after emergencies and disasters By taking a hazards approach leaders and their teams will be better
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The Missing Plague Vials

A true story of missing bubonic plague vials an airport bomb threat and other suspicious activities again demonstrate continued national and homeland security vulnerabilities and threats Perspectives may differ but the concerns are real and provide an opportunity to learn and prepare
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Primary Care Investments to Increase Community Resilience

Community health centers are medical lifelines for millions of Americans However financial constraints and healthcare workforce challenges strain these critical resources New initiatives and additional investments can help communities be more resilient and continue to meet community needs during a crisis
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Mental Awareness to Enhance Preparedness

Emergency managers public health officials and first responders often stress the importance of physical fitness but what about mental fitness Without focused mental agility in even one of the emergency management phases mistakes or subpar performance are likely Learn about this author s new acronym that can help prioritize mental

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The “R” Word

Resilience has multiple meanings for public health emergency and homeland security management professionals However the objective of building resilience should go beyond hazard mitigation With

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Shielding Communities: Public Health Strategies for Natural Hazards

  As public health preparedness and response efforts evolved from their initial bioterrorism roots to take on an “all hazards” approach, the public health consequences of natural hazards have come fully into focus for governmental public health entities. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) defines natural hazards as “environmental phenomena that have the potential to impact societies and the human environment,” with some examples including hurricanes, earthquakes, tornados, and severe winter storms. FEMA’s 2023 National…

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Bioterrorism – Could Smallpox Return?

Although smallpox was eradicated from its human population and reservoir it is still in designated stockpiles controlled by two nations and possibly in other unknown

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

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