Emergency Preparedness and Response Resources for Child Care Programs


Natural disasters and emergencies can be emotionally devastating and cause property damage that can be costly to repair. Child care programs are not immune to these risks and should plan and prepare for any event (minor as well as catastrophic) that may disrupt the day-to-day operations of their child care businesses. Continue reading Emergency Preparedness and Response Resources for Child Care Programs

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Preparing for the Next Pandemic: What Will It Be?


The recent Ebola outbreak has spread both disease and worry, though it wasn’t a pandemic. Still, it has raised interest in what the next pandemic might be — and what can be done to either stop it or prepare for it.

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Emergency Building Evacuation: Must-Have, Industry-Defining Book


Chaos ensues. Crowds become hysterical. Workers and visitors flee the burning building amid falling debris, run frantically through seemingly endless, smoke-filled hallways and stumble down crowded stairwells as fire alarms shriek through the darkness.

Panic sets in. No time for reflection. No time to figure out where to go!

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Must-Have, Industry-Defining Guide to Emergency Building Evacuation


Chaos ensues. Crowds become hysterical. Workers and visitors flee the burning building amid falling debris, run frantically through seemingly endless, smoke-filled hallways and stumble down crowded stairwells as fire alarms shriek through the darkness.

Panic sets in. No time for reflection. No time to figure out where to go!

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Confronting the Challenges of Evacuating People with Disabilities


How does an emergency manager plan for the evacuation needs of disabled persons in the community?

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The Pedestrian Evacuation Analyst—Geographic Information Systems Software for Modeling Hazard Evacuation Potential


The Pedestrian Evacuation Analyst is designed for use by researchers examining the pedestrian-evacuation potential of an at-risk community. In communities where modeled evacuation times exceed the event (for example, tsunami wave) arrival time, researchers can use the software with emergency managers to assess the area and population served by potential vertical-evacuation options. By automating and managing the modeling process, the software allows researchers to concentrate efforts on providing crucial and timely information on community vulnerability to sudden-onset hazards.

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Hard-Won Experience: Tech Lessons from America’s Biggest Emergencies


Perfection is an impossible goal, but the public officials who’ve been at the center of response and recovery efforts can’t help but reminisce on what went wrong and right, what works and what doesn’t, and how their experiences might be useful for others forced to live through a similar event.

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Must-Have, Industry-Defining Book on Emergency Building Evacuation


Chaos ensues. Crowds become hysterical. Workers and visitors flee the burning building amid falling debris, run frantically through seemingly endless, smoke-filled hallways and stumble down crowded stairwells as fire alarms shriek through the darkness.

Panic sets in. No time for reflection. No time to figure out where to go!

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New Parade Safety Guide from ICMA


Parades are a common event in most cities across the United States and, unfortunately, can be marred by tragedy without a parade safety plan.

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How Hurricane Sandy Changed Social Media Strategies in New York


How have things changed as far as social media strategies and use since those two days during Hurricane Sandy?

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New FEMA Guide for Active Shooter and Mass Casualty Incidents


The Federal Emergency Management Agency has released a new emergency response guide that provides an array of response tactics for “complex and demanding incidents that may well be beyond the traditional training of the majority of firefighters and emergency medical technicians.”

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