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Recent Articles, Publications, and Interviews
Be Safe and Have a Plan - An Interwiew with Adam Montella

"The process of planning itself is more important than the hard written plan." Read More in Inside Homeland Security
Do you know that nearly one-third of companies in the United States do not have a disaster recovery and business continuity plan?  In the aftermath of recent disasters, it is apparent just how important one is.  Defying Disaster, an article in the current issue of Actionline magazine reinforces the need and highlights important aspects for effective preparation.
An informative interview of Homeland Security Specialist Adam Montella on the current state of Homeland Security in the United States. What works? What more needs to be done? Find out Inside Homeland Security.

TVA and Protection of the Critical Infrastructure - A Best Practices Example

The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) serves as a leading-edge case study for coordinating efforts between private-sector security forces and public law-enforcement agencies for critical infrastructure protection (CIP). Officials accept that CIP is a shared responsibility between both public agencies and private-sector businesses and other stakeholders.

However, because most of the nation’s vital services – water and electrical power, for example – are delivered by private companies, there is a significant challenge in determining which private sector  company, or government agency, has the responsibility of protecting a specific component of the nation’s critical infrastructure.


Business and Personal Preparedness - The Key to Collective Survival

With the increasing severity and occurrence of natural and manmade disasters during the last two decades, the microscope of public scrutiny has turned to some unlikely suspects – private industry and individual citizens. The California wildfires, Hurricane Katrina, and the 9/11 terrorist attacks are prime examples of just how damaging a single catastrophic event can be when stakeholders do not adequately prepare.


The Dopplerian Resonance Effect on Continual Preparedness

There are several events in recent memory of such national significance that they have caused a lasting as well as dynamic change from “business as usual” in the disaster response arena. Hurricane Andrew spawned the Stafford Act in 1988, for example, forever changing how the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and other agencies respond to disasters. In 1996, the Nunn-Lugar-Domenici Act, based on the heightened threat of terrorism in the United States, gave birth to the Domestic Preparedness Program and the Office for Domestic Preparedness.

However, the Stafford Act did not foresee the massive breakdowns that occurred between the states, the federal government, and local communities in response to Hurricane Katrina, and the Nunn-Lugar-Domenici Act did nothing to prepare for the massive resource coordination effort needed to respond to the 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks and to the release of anthrax at several offices on Capitol Hill and the testing of thousands of suspected packages with “white powdery substances” that followed shortly thereafter.

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