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.

Can Making Utilities and Appliances Smarter Prove Foolhardy?

The so-called smart grid is all the rage, but rushing headlong into networked utilities may not be wise, according to John Bumgarner, the chief technology officer for the U.S. Cyber Consequences Unit, in July's podcast.

Getting Ahead of Ourselves with Smart Energy

How the rise of smart energy is making America's energy infrastructure more vulnerable to attack.

Interoperable Communications Technologies Need Uniform Testing Standards, Official Says

The lack of a uniform product testing program for emergency communications equipment means first responders could buy radios they believe are interoperable but fail to deliver during a disaster, a government official told Congress today.

Lessons in Building Public-Private Partnerships From the Seattle Area

Effective homeland security relies on good public-private relationships between government and the private sector. Seattle and its suburbs show how such relationships are built.

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