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Dungeons and Disasters: Gamification of Public Health Responses

  The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Homeland Security Exercise Evaluation Program (HSEEP) includes games as one of their discussion-based exercise types, alongside tabletops, workshops, and seminars. Although tabletop exercises are common discussion-based exercises in a multi-year Integrated Preparedness Plan (IPP), that practice format is not necessarily challenging to participants. For example, public health departments and hospital groups who need to test their response plans continually may go through the motions of “checking the box”…

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Interoperability During Mass Casualty Incidents

During a mass casualty incident, response agencies must be able to communicate in real-time. This means that interoperability plans need to include everyone involved in the response. One lesson learned from past incidents is that hospitals are an often overlooked “responder.” Learn what one agency is doing to close this
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Protecting Infrastructure – Cyber, Physical, and EMP Attacks

Imagine 3,500 spiders, each with their own style, getting together to create a giant web. That’s how this author describes the U.S. power grid and the complexities related to protecting the nation’s critical infrastructure from cyber, physical, and electromagnetic pulse attacks.
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Beyond Patient Care: Family Reunification Planning for Hospitals

To meet a community’s mass care family reunification needs after a disaster, hospitals and other healthcare facilities must have plans and procedures in place for mass casualty incident response, which goes beyond patient care. Here are some recommendations for them to develop a collaborative strategic plan.

Emerging Technologies, Part 5 – Legal and Privacy Concerns

This is Part 5 of a five-part series on emerging technologies that can enhance the management of and response to future emergencies and disasters. This part focuses on the legal and privacy concerns with emerging technologies.

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Reducing Workplace Violence in Healthcare Facilities

Violence in healthcare facilities significantly challenges patients, providers, support staff, visitors, and first responders. However, healthcare-specific information and tools can help protect staff, patients, and

Planning for A Cross-Country Special Event

A solar eclipse is a unique form of special event that does not always fall under emergency planning protocols, but it should. This article urges

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Dungeons and Disasters: Gamification of Public Health Responses

  The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Homeland Security Exercise Evaluation Program (HSEEP) includes games as one of their discussion-based exercise types, alongside tabletops, workshops, and seminars. Although tabletop exercises are common discussion-based exercises in a multi-year Integrated Preparedness Plan (IPP), that practice format is not necessarily challenging to participants. For example, public health departments and hospital groups who need to test their response plans continually may go through the motions of “checking the box”…

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Biosafety Laboratory Issues and Failures

Concerns regarding unexpected biological incidents and their public health implications were discussed in a 2014 Domestic Preparedness biosecurity and bioterrorism article. From the improper possession

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