CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE

The “R” Word

  Words have meaning, and people can ascribe multiple definitions to each one. But as Dr. Kelly E. Wright, an experimental linguist, points out, “True meaning … is akin to standing on the banks of a rapid flowing river and asking someone to decide which molecule of water is actually the river.” Resilience is a word that has multiple meanings for public health, emergency, and homeland security management professionals. There may not be an exact…

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Dungeons and Disasters: Gamification of Public Health Responses

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Interoperability During Mass Casualty Incidents

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Week 2 – Restoring Infrastructure and Instilling Resilience

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The Evolution of Homeland Security Higher Education

After the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, homeland security education expanded to ensure that local, state, tribal, territorial, and federal agencies had the tools they needed to combat these threats. This academic leader shares how homeland security programs change to meet new challenges and evolving threats.

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Commercial Facilities Sector Perspectives

Commercial facilities dominate the U.S. economy, contributing trillions of dollars to the U.S. gross domestic product while employing and supporting millions of jobs. Learn more

Rising Above the Flood: A Decision Tool for Structural Safety

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Multimodal Transportation Perspectives

Without transportation and communications, emergency response can move at an uncomfortably slow pace, enough so that life, property, and the environment may be unnecessarily compromised.

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CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE

The “R” Word

  Words have meaning, and people can ascribe multiple definitions to each one. But as Dr. Kelly E. Wright, an experimental linguist, points out, “True meaning … is akin to standing on the banks of a rapid flowing river and asking someone to decide which molecule of water is actually the river.” Resilience is a word that has multiple meanings for public health, emergency, and homeland security management professionals. There may not be an exact…

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Information Technology Sector Perspectives

The Information Technology Sector is one of 16 sectors identified as critical infrastructure under the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency. Domestic Preparedness invited subject matter experts to

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The Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency defines the Water and Wastewater Systems Sector as one of “16 critical infrastructure sectors.” Read about this sector’s numerous

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