NEWS & ANALYSIS

Social Media's Humanitarian Side

Open-source social media, like Twitter, can provide an invaluable resource for maximizing real-time situational awareness for first responders.

The Beltway Battle Over Block D

What began as an uncontroversial plan to use freed-up radio frequency spectrum for a national wireless broadband network for first responders has degenerated into a pitched policy battle in Washington.

Rocket-Propelled Life Preserver Wins 2010 James Dyson Award

A student invention to save people drowning at sea wins the prestigious 2010 James Dyson Awards.

Organizational Resilience Management Software Suite Has Been Launched

ASIS International has launched the Organizational Resilience Management Software (ORMS) suite, a unique series of online tools to help organizations address the risks of disruptive events.

Surprise: No-Notice Emergency Drills Can Expose Companies to Liability

Surprise emergency drills may seem like the best way to gauge employee readiness, but they may also lead to liability, explains SM Associate Editor Laura Spadanuta in this month's podcast.

WHO Declares H1N1 Pandemic Over And Faces Criticism

This week the World Health Organization declared the H1N1 “swine” flu pandemic over, renewing calls that the organization should change the criteria for its six-level pandemic scale or risk increased ambivalence toward public health threats.

Russian Wildfires Show Need for Good Information in a Disaster

A Russian journalist says the massive wildfires currently consuming much of Russia's European forests have exposed a critical vulnerability in the country's disaster preparedness: the society's utter lack of trustworthy news and information.

DHS Needs to Take Threat of EMP Attack Seriously, Physicist Warns

The Department of Homeland Security has not taken seriously the threat that a high-altitude detonation of a nuclear weapon could fry the nation's power grid, a physicist told lawmakers yesterday.

Managing the Risk of Catastrophic Weather

At War with the Weather represents a tour de force in the analysis of how natural disasters—specifically hurricanes—are mitigated, insured against, and recovered from in the United States.

Hospitals Should Band Together Before The Next Crisis Hits

A new report from the Center for Biosecurity recommends that every hospital in the country make common cause and form healthcare coalitions.
 




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