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A weekly podcast from AlertsUSA, Inc expanding on SMS alerts sent as part of the National Threat and Incident Notification Service for Mobile Devices. Topics covered include terrorism, border security, nuclear and radiological emergencies, civil unrest, embassy warning messages, major public health threats such as epidemics and pandemics and more. Each weekly episode is a fast paced roundup of threats, developments and practical advice directly impacting your safety and security.
 
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In this week's update we look at the details of two mass shootings within California's normally low-key Chinese community. We also look at the details of this week's jihadist attacks in Germany and Spain. An expanded written version of this report can be found within our weekly Threat Journal email newsletter. You can subscribe for FREE by simply v…
 
By JAMES L. GREENSTONE, An Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, January 25, 2023.During a disaster, responders face many challenges and must make difficult decisions. For health care professionals, accepting a sufficient standard of care during a crisis may be the most difficult. This mental health perspective provides some key …
 
By CHRISTINA NUNEZ, KYLE PFEIFFER & RAO KOTAMARTHI, An Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, January 25, 2023.A new, publicly available tool provides a window into how future climate realities could affect U.S. cities and towns. Learn how planners and decision-makers can get map-based analyses driven by peer-reviewed climate data…
 
In this week's update we look at the details of a massive 50+ nation aid and arms package headed to Ukraine ahead of an anticipated major Russian offensive. We also look a new report from the World Economic Forum which states a majority of cybersecurity experts and business executives surveyed believe a "far-reaching, catastrophic cyber event is li…
 
By MONTY DOZIER, An Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, January 18, 2023. When supply chains were diminished during the coronavirus pandemic, leaders had to find innovative ways to protect their communities. In Texas, they used the Pony Express model to ensure the delivery of personal protective equipment, critical supplies, an…
 
By PETER JOHNSON, An Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, January 18, 2023. Training is often a check-the-box task. However, it can be difficult to know how much training was learned. Virtual reality and its related analytics provide a way to heighten participation and monitor learning levels for numerous threat scenarios.Narrat…
 
By JAMES METZGER, An Article Out Loud Flashback from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, February 24, 2016.With Amtrak's rail lines spanning communities across the United States (and parts of Canada), it is in a prime position to engage the whole community and to build national resilience. Planning, training, and educational efforts provide a way to…
 
By CATHERINE L. FEINMAN & JOE D. MANOUS JR., An Article Out Loud Flashback from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, April 27, 2016.All infrastructure is not the same. Across disciplinary sectors, agencies and organizations must identify the key elements necessary to ensure “a system” (e.g., community) has a minimum level of resilience, as a system i…
 
In this week's update we look at the details of a mass stabbing attack at Paris' busy Gare du Nord (North train station). We also look Germany's disruption of a ricin attack plot, as well as the interception of a shipment of illicit uranium at London's Heathrow airport. Things are heating up once again... An expanded written version of this report …
 
By JAMIE HANNAN, An Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, January 11, 2023. Planners in the Harris County area are successful specifically because of the relationships they have built over many years. For example, the county’s Industrial Liaisons Program provides many positive takeaways and best practices practitioners can implem…
 
By PAUL MARSHALL, An Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, January 11, 2023. An all-hazards design process considers the function of the building during normal operations as well as the safety of the occupants and the surrounding community against possible risks and threats. Like layers of an onion, effective security should take…
 
By RANDALL C. DUNCAN, An Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, July 26, 2011. A distinguished national officer of the International Association of Emergency Managers provides a short but concise list of helpful recommendations that grant-seekers at all levels of government, and in the private sector, might be well advised to foll…
 
By MICHÉLE SAMARYA-TIMM, An Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, January 21, 2014. With more than 40 Olympic venues serving an estimated 14 million meals, the 2012 London Olympic Games were susceptible to many potential foodborne illnesses - both intentional and unintentional. However, through education, communications, surveill…
 
In this week's update we look at the details of a massive spike in cartel violence in Sinaloa state, Mexico triggered by the arrest of Ovidio Guzmán, one of the six sons of imprisoned drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán. We also look into a new DHS intelligence brief to law enforcement warning the al Qaeda terrorist organization is actively recr…
 
By CHARLES (CHUCK) PERINO, An Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, January 04, 2023.When disaster strikes, sometimes those trained to respond find themselves and their families fleeing from the fire. Once their families are safe, they jump back in to assist wherever needed. This scenario happened to one emergency manager when th…
 
By JENNIFER LANGUELL, An Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, January 04, 2023. When Category 4 Hurricane Ian crossed Florida in September 2022, more than 4 million Florida homes and businesses lost power. However, one town kept the lights on and was spared the devastation the cities surrounding it faced. With resilience and sus…
 
By COURTNEY GAVITT, An Article Out Loud Flashback from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, November 20, 2013. Life science research benefits society in many ways, but also creates certain risks - particularly when that research falls into the wrong hands, either deliberately or unintentionally. Clearly defined rules and regulations governing the res…
 
By CHRISTOPHER REYNOLDS & ALLISON G. S. KNOX, An Article Out Loud Flashback from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, April 03, 2019.Fire, wind, and water – a lot of water. The year 2018 delivered all in a series of natural disasters that seemed almost continual. Throughout the year, there was a significant risk to lives and property caused by wildfi…
 
by DAVID FOGERSON, An Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness Journal.A transformational leadership style can help bridge relationship and communication gaps between leaders and other community stakeholders. Learn how one young deputy fire chief learned from his past leadership missteps and honed his meta-leadership skills, which were essen…
 
By NATHAN DIPILLO & PAUL GALYEN, An Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness Journal. Operational technology systems that run many critical infrastructure functions are becoming more dependent on information technology. As these worlds converge, emergency preparedness professionals must address the related security challenges. This article s…
 
In this week's update we dig into reports of new weapons systems (incl Patriots and JDAMs) slated for delivery to Ukraine, along with Biden's plan to put U.S. soldiers in the country to track weapons from the West. Can you say mission creep? An expanded written version of this report can be found within our weekly Threat Journal email newsletter. Y…
 
By WILL BREWER, PEGGY BERGERON, AND WAYNE BERGERON, An Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness Journal.How have recent school shootings impacted future K-12 educators and what new skills will help better prepare them for potential threats? One study at the University of North Alabama combined training and research to answer this question.Na…
 
by RODNEY ANDREASEN, An Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness Journal. Active shooter trainings can help prevent some injuries and deaths. However, additional measures should also be taken to prevent the attack from occurring. This article describes how to apply environmental design to thwart attackers.Narrated by MacGregor Stephenson.- C…
 
by CHARLES (CHAS) EBY, An Article Out Loud Flashback from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, October 23, 2013.Public health is a concern for all citizens, but the preparedness efforts for public health emergencies provide information primarily to that sector. Members of the private sector and/or other "non-public health organizations" should take t…
 
by CRAIG DEATLEY, An Article Out Loud Flashback from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, July 08, 2015.Functional exercises are invaluable for helping participants understand their roles in disasters. This is particularly true for participants who normally are not included in interagency exercises, such as behavioral health personnel. Triaging follo…
 
In this week's update we look at a string of attacks on key electrical infrastructure in the Southeast and the Pacific Northwest raising significant concerns among stakeholders, law enforcement, and the public. An expanded written version of this report can be found within our weekly Threat Journal email newsletter. You can subscribe for FREE by si…
 
By KRISTINA L. HAMILTON, An Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, December 07, 2022.Volunteers are a lifeline for many nonprofit organizations and for-profit companies during emergencies and disasters. However, recruiting and retaining good volunteers can be difficult. This article shares some simple strategies and tools for any …
 
By ANNE MARIE SMITH, An Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, December 07, 2022.An enterprise data management program emphasizes the importance of managing information as an asset and protecting it from misuse or loss. Knowing the landscape of data and how to manage it is critical to an organization’s recovery and sustainability …
 
By DANA PITTS, An Article Out Loud Flashback from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, June 26, 2013.According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in six Americans suffer from food poisoning each year; most of those cases are attributed to familiar pathogens like Salmonella. However, the deadliest U.S. foodborne disease outbreak in…
 
By STEVEN MAYNARD, An Article Out Loud Flashback from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, August 20, 2014.The adaptability of the Incident Command System makes it a valuable tool for a variety of agencies and organizations. During fire incidents, for example, fatality rates at healthcare facilities such as nursing and assisted living homes could be …
 
In this week's update we look at the details of a new National Terrorism Advisory System bulletin warning the U.S. remains in a heightened threat environment driven by multiple groups and threat actors. An expanded written version of this report can be found within our weekly Threat Journal email newsletter. You can subscribe for FREE by simply vis…
 
By ROBERT J. (BOB) ROLLER, An Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, November 23, 2022.An essential national incident management guidance document is finally available to responders nationwide. This document will significantly improve a unified response to and recovery from large-scale incidents. However, additional work is needed…
 
by MARK J. MISCZAK, An Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, November 23, 2022.Despite punishing hurricanes in Puerto Rico and Florida, the 2022 season has been relatively quiet for much of the Gulf coast and Atlantic seaboard. This article describes the resources that help communities mitigate risk now before the next hurricane …
 
By DAVID L. WEGNER & SHERI TICKNER, An Article Out Loud Flashback from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, April 13, 2016.Globally, government agencies are at a nexus in how to plan for and address society's dependence on infrastructure to sustain economies, support and protect people, and implement strategies to provide for an appropriate level of …
 
By DAVID GEARY & TRACY FESSLER, An Article Out Loud Flashback from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, March 23, 2011.For understandable reasons, major disasters - e.g., earthquakes and tsunamis - get most of the headlines and more of the public funds available even in economically difficult times. Local jurisdictions would be well advised, therefor…
 
In this week's update look into the details of a missile impact in a Polish village near the Ukraine border which has renewed fears of a spillover of the conflict into neighboring nations. Comments from NATO General Secretary and U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff included. An expanded written version of this report can be found within our …
 
By JUDY KRUGER & CHRIS PAQUET, An Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, November 16, 2022.A multi-year pandemic has resulted in organizations looking to reframe traditional workforce management practices to retain seasoned staff and prevent burnout. To address these issues, state, local, tribal, and territorial emergency manageme…
 
by MICHAEL MELTON, An Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, November 16, 2022.Since the emergence of COVID-19, many trainings have had to adapt to an online presence. In one case, an active shooter training not only successfully transitioned to support the online delivery of these skills, but the developer embraced it and has now…
 
By JORDAN NELMS & AMANDA FAUL, An Article Out Loud Flashback from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, May 22, 2013.Change is often accompanied by challenges. This article shares the challenges that state and local jurisdictions faced in 2013 as they began implementing the guidance provided by Presidential Directive 8. Narrated by Randy Vivian. - Cli…
 
By DIANA HOPKINS, An Article Out Loud Flashback from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, July 06, 2009 .Technology and sensor innovation must be interoperable across jurisdictions. Look how much global sensor networks for disaster warnings have evolved internationally since 2009.Narrated by Randy Vivian. - Click HERE to view the full article.…
 
By MICHAEL PRASAD, An Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, November 09, 2022.Many faith-based organizations have disaster response and recovery components as major elements of their own missions. By partnering with governmental and nongovernmental organizations, faith-based groups can coordinate locally to support response and r…
 
By DANIEL RECTOR, An Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, November 09, 2022.After-action reviews highlight the successes and expose the failures of disaster preparedness and response efforts. Four significant events demonstrate how communities managed when power outages, communication failures, and healthcare concerns emerged in…
 
By JUDSON M. FREED, An Article Out Loud Flashback from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, May 31, 2017.A top-down approach provides guidance and support from federal agencies to local jurisdictions. A bottom-up approach ensures that local needs are being heard at the top. However, when local agencies are tasked with national security efforts, more …
 
By LEWIS EAKINS, An Article Out Loud Flashback from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, January 21, 2015.When a tornado touches down, a school is under fire, or another disaster strikes, patrol officers often are the first response personnel at the scene. In addition to their traditional crime-fighting roles, patrol officers must be able to manage a…
 
In this week's update we dig into a public warning issued by the FBI's Newark office regarding a threat to synagogues. An expanded written version of this report can be found within our weekly Threat Journal email newsletter. You can subscribe for FREE by simply visiting https://www.ThreatJournal.com . A link to this issue will immediately be sent …
 
By STEVE STEIN, An Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, November 02, 2022.Despite small local governments being overrun with malware, ransomware, and myriad other threats, it is difficult to find experienced cybersecurity professionals. Meanwhile, students search for nonexistent entry-level jobs. One Washington State-based nonpr…
 
By TANYA M. SCHERR, DANIEL SCHERR & RICHARD SCHOEBERL, An Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, November 02, 2022. How the war in Ukraine will end is unclear. However, research shows that there is the potential for devastating effects on a global scale. As such, it is important for emergency planners to reassess their all-hazards…
 
By MARKO BOURNE, An Article Out Loud Flashback from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, December 10, 2013.Many cities across the United States are not adequately prepared to accommodate people with disabilities during and in the wake of major disasters. However, some of the current gaps in whole-community preparedness are beginning to close. If more…
 
By CRAIG DEATLEYI, An Article Out Loud Flashback from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, September 25, 2012.If a nuclear device were to be detonated within any of the nation�s major metropolitan areas, the healthcare system both inside and outside the blast-damage zones would be seriously affected. Predicting the "what ifs" and planning for such sc…
 
In this week's update we look into the details of accusations that Russia is preparing a false flag attack in Ukraine using a radiological dirty bomb as a means of escalating the conflict. An expanded written version of this report can be found within our weekly Threat Journal email newsletter. You can subscribe for FREE by simply visiting https://…
 
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