CDC Releases New Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Capabilities

The CDC recently released its updated Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Capabilities.  While this is certainly important for public health preparedness personnel, these are something that most emergency management professionals should also be aware of.  Public Health is an incredibly integral partner in emergency management and homeland security.  Last year I did a review … Continue reading CDC Releases New Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Capabilities

New Release: Core Capability Development Sheets

Today’s FEMA Daily Digest Bulletin announced the release of Core Capability Development Sheets which are intended to help jurisdictions build or sustain each capability by integrating: Available training courses Capability targets for the THIRA Nationally typed resources Partners to support development of capabilities Exercise support and guidance to validate capabilities Assistance from the FEMA National … Continue reading New Release: Core Capability Development Sheets

Reviewing Health Care and Public Health Capabilities

Most in emergency management and homeland security are aware of the National Preparedness Goal’s 32 Core Capabilities, but are you aware of the Health Care and Public Health capabilities promulgated and published by the HHS/ASPR and the CDC? Recently updated, the 2017-2022 Health Care Preparedness and Response Capabilities are assembled by the US Department of … Continue reading Reviewing Health Care and Public Health Capabilities

Measuring Return on Investment Through Key Performance Indicators

Return on investment (ROI) is generally defined as a measurement of performance to evaluate the value of investments of time, money, and effort. Many aspects of preparedness in emergency management offer challenges when trying to gauge return on investment. Sure, it’s easy to identify that m number of classes were conducted and n number of … Continue reading Measuring Return on Investment Through Key Performance Indicators

FEMA’s 2020 National Preparedness Report – A Review

It seems an annual tradition for me to be reviewing the National Preparedness Report. I’ve endeavored to provide constructive criticism of these documents, which are compilations of data from state and federal agencies, national-level responses, and other sources. This year’s National Preparedness Report emphasizes that it is based on data from the 2019 calendar year. … Continue reading FEMA’s 2020 National Preparedness Report – A Review

The 2019 National Preparedness Report, or ‘How Are We Measuring Preparedness?’

FEMA recently released the 2019 National Preparedness Report.  Simply put, I’m confused.  Nothing in the report actually lines up with doctrine.  It leaves me wondering how we are actually measuring preparedness.  So what’s the issue? While the National Preparedness Report is initially structured around the five mission areas (Prevention, Protection, Mitigation, Response, and Recovery), the … Continue reading The 2019 National Preparedness Report, or ‘How Are We Measuring Preparedness?’