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Fentanyl Hazards and Detection

The deadly opioid epidemic in the United States does not stop at overdoses. It also poses life-threatening exposure to first responders who arrive on scene. Learn about the new ways scientists at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory are expanding detection strategies and technologies to keep these responders safe.

Shielding Communities: Public Health Strategies for Natural Hazards

Public health risks are common concerns when natural hazards occur. However, history shows that the increasing frequency of events and growing population sizes have been increasing the scale of events and the needs of affected populations. To mitigate complex public health challenges, personnel across disciplines must plan, coordinate, and develop

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 health

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.

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.

The Race to Interoperability

The Boston Marathon Bombing demonstrated the dedication, commitment, and strength of those who responded that day. The lessons learned from that event continue to strengthen community resilience as participants gather to focus on building interoperability within and between jurisdictions.

Emerging Technologies, Part 4 – Robotics and Automation

This is Part 4 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 robotics and automation for enhancing efficiency, safety, and effectiveness in crisis response and mitigation.

Emerging Technologies, Part 3 – AI and Machine Learning

In Part 3 of a five-part series on emerging technologies, the author focuses on the roles of artificial intelligence and machine learning in responding to emergencies. These transformative technologies are revolutionizing emergency management, humanitarian relief, and disaster response

Emerging Technologies, Part 2 – Uncrewed Vehicles

Part 2 of a five-part series on emerging technologies focuses on technologies designed to perform tasks and reduce human risk. Find out more about these autonomous or remotely controlled machines designed to perform tasks without human operators’ direct involvement.

Emerging Technologies, Part 1 – Information and Communication

This is Part 1 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 an all-hazards emergency management approach and information and communication technologies.

Cybersecurity in Hospitals and the Public Health Sector

Cyberattacks on healthcare systems affect millions of patients each year. It is critical for agencies and organizations to build a culture of compliance and awareness for the system’s security and the safety of the patients.

Responding to the Call – The Cost of Caring for Others

There is a cost to caring for others, but it does not need to be a lifelong debt that continues to overwhelm the people who stepped up and those around them. The cost can be manageable with the right plan of support and the willingness to explore coping options.

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