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A weekly podcast from AlertsUSA, Inc expanding on SMS alerts sent as part of the National Threat and Incident Notification Service for Mobile Devices. Topics covered include terrorism, border security, nuclear and radiological emergencies, civil unrest, embassy warning messages, major public health threats such as epidemics and pandemics and more. Each weekly episode is a fast paced roundup of threats, developments and practical advice directly impacting your safety and security.
 
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In this week's update we look into Russia's annexation of four regions within Ukraine and the resulting international blowback. We also examine some of the details of the sabotage of the Nord Stream pipelines running underneath the Baltic Sea. An expanded written version of this report can be found within our weekly Threat Journal email newsletter.…
 
by SKY TERRY, An Article Out Loud by the Domestic Preparedness Journal. General aviation pilots have been finding ways to assist their communities during emergencies and disasters for many years. However, over the past two years, significant advances in disaster preparedness have been made as emergency response plans were created and exercised to i…
 
by LISA NENNO & TIMOTHY MILLER, An Article Out Loud by the Domestic Preparedness Journal. During their service, military personnel acquire a broad range of lifesaving skills that are critical when on the frontline during wartime. Effective medical triage is one of the skills needed during combat and any major disaster or catastrophic event. Partner…
 
In this week's update we look into Russian President Vladimir Putin's mobilization of 300,000+ soldiers for the invasion effort in Ukraine, as well his related nuclear threat to the West. An expanded written version of this report can be found within our weekly Threat Journal email newsletter. You can subscribe for FREE by simply visiting https://w…
 
by BRUCE FITZGERALD, An Article Out Loud by the Domestic Preparedness Journal. A 9.0-magnitude earthquake is a predictable scenario along the Cascadia Subduction Zone. This article describes how the tribal nations in the Pacific Northwest are preparing their region for this catastrophic event. This exercise allowed tribal and non-tribal participant…
 
by ANDREW ALTIZER & TIMOTHY MURPHY, An Article Out Loud by the Domestic Preparedness Journal. Building resource capacity involves research, planning, and execution that should begin now. Identifying potential dangers, considering “what if” scenarios, capitalizing on other events and incidents, and overcoming barriers are key components for building…
 
By RICHARD SCHOEBERL, An Article Out Loud Flashback from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, November 28, 2012. Before passenger aircraft were hijacked and used as weapons, and bombs were smuggled inside underwear and shoes, such attacks may not have seemed likely to occur. Similarly, the reproduction and dispersal of the "eradicated" smallpox virus…
 
By THEODORE (TED) TULLY, An Article Out Loud Flashback from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, November 23, 2011. Two major weather events that occurred earlier this year will be long remembered not only by meteorologists and historians but by the general public as well. Tornadoes struck the city of Joplin without warning and destroyed everything i…
 
In this week's update we look at the curious situation surrounding an exploding shipping case at the virtual reality center at Northeastern University in Boston, as well as provide an update on events in Ukraine and on the Korean Peninsula. An expanded written version of this report can be found within our weekly Threat Journal email newsletter. Yo…
 
by WILLIAM H. AUSTIN, An Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness Journal. When intentional acts of violence occur, people often wonder if the incident was preventable. For example, after a mass shooting killed 19 students and 2 teachers in Uvalde, Texas, on May 24, 2022, many were questioning the predictability of the gunman’s actions and t…
 
by JOHN PENNINGTON, An Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness Journal.Emergency management professionals are tasked with making their communities more resilient to future threats and disasters. However, emergency management leaders and their organizations must adjust and adapt to more than just response scenarios. For tribal emergency mana…
 
By RODNEY E. ANDREASEN, An Article Out Loud Flashback from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, April 06, 2016. Law enforcement officers, paramedics, and other responders have received extensive training in dealing with active shooters and the wounds resulting from active shooter incidents. However, the potential force multipliers in all these attack…
 
By RICHARD GREEN & TIMOTHY PERCIFUL, An Article Out Loud Flashback from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, August 28, 2019.When there is a need for sheltering animals, there are several options – each comes with advantages and disadvantages. Conditions, agency policies, experiences, resources, or timing typically drive the decision as to what type …
 
In this week's update we look at senseless killing sprees in Saskatchewan and Tennessee which have left communities reeling. Society is beginning to crack. An expanded written version of this report can be found within our weekly Threat Journal email newsletter. You can subscribe for FREE by simply visiting https://www.ThreatJournal.com . A link to…
 
by PATTY RIDINGS, An Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness Journal.Catastrophic earthquakes and a desire for residents to help their neighbors inspired the creation of Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT). Since its creation in 1986, CERT has become a nationwide program that continues to evolve. This article describes how a new digit…
 
by RICHARD SCHOEBERL & W. COCHRAN PRUETT, An Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness Journal. Despite the deaths of Islamic State and al-Qaida leadership, violent extremism is not gone. This article describes why, despite recent successful strikes against terrorist groups, intelligence agencies and others tasked with protecting their commun…
 
By RODRIGO (RODDY) MOSCOSO, An Article Out Loud Flashback from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, June 15, 2011The old saying that, "No matter where you go, there you are," has become the new Golden Rule for emergency-alert notifications, thanks to the combined efforts of the FCC, FEMA, and the commercial U.S. cellular industry. That is the PLAN, a…
 
By BARRY KANNE, An Article Out Loud Flashback from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, November 04, 2009.In times of sudden disaster, help may be just around the corner - particularly if a ham radio operator is living there. Their ranks are legion, they usually pay all of their own costs, and they are among the most highly skilled communicators in t…
 
In this week's update we look at new warnings from the U.S. government regarding the war in Ukraine, as well as provide an update on the dangerous situation at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in the southern part of the country. An expanded written version of this report can be found within our weekly Threat Journal email newsletter. You can s…
 
by HAILEY YORK & LINDSEY LANE, An Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness Journal. Human trafficking is the world’s second-largest criminal industry. In the wake of natural disasters, the risk to vulnerable populations rises. This article informs preparedness and response professionals on how to better protect their communities and prepare …
 
by JUDY KRUGER & KYLE OVERLY, An Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness Journal.Before 2019, partner agencies coordinated incident command primarily from a physical emergency operations center (EOC). This practice shifted to virtual EOCs during the COVID-19 pandemic for many agencies. Virtual EOCs can effectively address community needs th…
 
By MARKO BOURNE, An Article Out Loud Flashback from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, January 30, 2013.Joplin High School and Sandy Hook Elementary School both suffered devastating disasters - one natural and one manmade. In both cases, the residents rallied behind their schools and their communities to rebuild and recover. Lesson learned: From un…
 
By SARA RUBIN, An Article Out Loud Flashback from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, October 24, 2012.By using mHealth technologies, local health departments can improve their efficiency and effectiveness not only in communicating with the public but also in dispensing medical countermeasures during large-scale pandemics. Current initiatives can of…
 
In this week's update we look at the growing concern over shelling in and around the Russian-controlled Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine. Ukraine and Russia have accused each other of planning false-flag attacks at the facility. An expanded written version of this report can be found within our weekly Threat Journal email newsle…
 
by ROBERT C. HUTCHINSON, An Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness Journal. Although it may not have been readily apparent in early 2020, the federal government did have a comprehensive national strategy and implementation plan for a pandemic threat. Despite having these resources and knowledge, the United States was still unprepared to ef…
 
by ERIN VALENTINE, An Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness JournalEffective trainings are ones where the participants remember and later implement what they learned into their daily operations. Not everyone knows how they would respond in a true emergency. However, some trainings provide a more realistic glimpse into disaster scenarios t…
 
By SETH KOMANSKY, An Article Out Loud Flashback from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, August 23, 2017. First responders are often deployed to unique operating environments, which include large-scale special events with many participants and spectators: street festivals; road races or marathons; concerts; and sporting events. These environments re…
 
By THOMAS P. RUSSO, An Article Out Loud Flashback from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, August 08, 2012. Having choices opens many opportunities for patients and responders as well as medical staff within the U.S. healthcare system. However, that benefit has led to complications in communications and the sharing of information. Healthcare coaliti…
 
AlertsUSA Homeland Security Weekly Update - August 13, 2022In this week's update we look at the details of a White House warning to Iran following charges of an attempt to orchestrate the assassination of former national security adviser John Bolton. Additional coverage of an attempted attack on the FBI's Cincinnati office. An expanded written vers…
 
by IAN PLEET, An Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness Journal. Mass shootings have spurred agencies to shift from reactive to proactive measures to mitigate threats and their consequences. Tactical medicine plays a significant role in reducing deaths associated with active assailant incidents. This article explains how trained first resp…
 
by KESLEY RICHARDSON, An Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness Journal. Emergency management professionals are regularly tasked with high-stress responsibilities, including political pressure, life safety concerns, vulnerable infrastructure, and community vulnerabilities. Three ways to reduce the risk of burnout and increase retention eff…
 
By STEPHEN GRAINER, An Article Out Loud Flashback from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, May 15, 2013. The United States already has a national system in place that can help responders "manage" any disaster situation - both natural and manmade. By adapting and modifying the concepts and processes of the Incident Command System, large and small jur…
 
By THEODORE (TED) TULLY, An Article Out Loud Flashback from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, May 02, 2012. No matter what the Supreme Court decides on the constitutionality of the healthcare reform act, U.S. hospitals must prepare now for major changes in their planning, everyday operations, and both budgetary and personnel resources. Many of tho…
 
In this week's update we look at the details of the droning death of long-time al-Qaeda boss Ayman al-Zawahiri as he walked the balcony of a downtown Kabul safehouse. An expanded written version of this report can be found within our weekly Threat Journal email newsletter. You can subscribe for FREE by simply visiting https://www.ThreatJournal.com …
 
by RUTH BAUGHER PALMER, MARY MCNAUGHTON-CASSILL & MARY SCHOENFELDT, An Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness Journal.Disasters are often described in terms of the physical damages they incur. However, the significant impact on mental health, which can have even longer-term consequences, sometimes is not addressed until after the response …
 
by JAMES MARTIN, An Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness JournalEmergency preparedness often involves preparing for a particular type of disaster. However, each disaster can affect people differently depending on their individual physical and mental abilities. This article helps emergency preparedness and response professionals address t…
 
By VINCENT B. DAVIS, An Article Out Loud Flashback from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, February 24, 2016. This 2016 article describes a continuity gap that still exists today in many corporations. Corporate confusion could spell disastrous response in a crisis. To dispel such confusion, companies should have an emergency manager on staff, ensur…
 
By JOSEPH CAHILL, An Article Out Loud Flashback from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, July 16, 2014.Emergency managers are tasked with creating disaster plans to protect the people within their jurisdictions. With numerous possible scenarios, any disaster may require the establishment of special facilities to provide sheltering, vaccinations, and…
 
by TIMOTHY SCARROTT & NATHAN DIPILLO, An Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness Journal.An examination of past violence shows how terminology can affect the incident-reporting process and subsequent statistics for various incident rates. However, statistics clearly show that the COVID-19 pandemic did increase societal violence, which can s…
 
by AKSHAY BIRLA, An Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness Journal.Life is beginning to return to normal following the past two years of the pandemic, but the world is still as unpredictable as ever. When it seems as though one catastrophic situation is coming to an end, another tends to emerge as the newest public safety issue. This artic…
 
In this week's update we look at the strange collection of public health threats popping up, from Joe Biden's COVID diagnosis despite being fully vaccinated and double-boosted, to a case of polio in New York, to the global spread of monkeypox. An expanded written version of this report can be found within our weekly Threat Journal email newsletter.…
 
by ROBERT F. KELLY & DEAN C. ALEXANDER, An Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness Journal.The Nashville Christmas bombing provides valuable lessons about targeted violence incidents. This research on pre-attack indicators shares four key takeaways for law enforcement and other preparedness professionals to understand regarding lone wolf an…
 
by MICHAEL MELTON, An Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness Journal.Telemedicine capabilities have become valuable medical tools to provide life-saving treatment to patients where and when needed. Similarly, off-site skills and knowledge can be transferred to on-site law enforcement personnel through teleforensics to identify and thwart t…
 
By KAY C. GOSS, An Article Out Loud Flashback from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, March 19, 2014. This 2014 article stated, described the wide variety of natural disasters that various parts of the world had recently experienced. The author's prediction that the frequency and cost of such events would continue to increase is demonstrated in the…
 
By TASHAWN BROWN, An Article Out Loud Flashback from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, August 15, 2018.In 2017, the National Weather Service reported 107 fatalities across the United States related to heat – more than the deaths related to tornados, hurricanes, and cold weather combined. In 2021, that number was 190. Revisit this 2018 article to l…
 
In this week's update we look at a stark warning from the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine regarding the threat of Russian missile attacks throughout the country and the need for U.S. citizens to get out. An expanded written version of this report can be found within our weekly Threat Journal email newsletter. You can subscribe for FREE by simply visiting h…
 
by RAPHAEL M. BARISHANSKY, An Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness JournalPublic health preparedness has emerged and matured as a distinct discipline since the events of 9/11 and the subsequent Ameri-thrax attacks. Although, in the past, public health agencies were pushed to the forefront of various emergencies, the planning and infrastr…
 
by CHARLES GUDDEMI, An Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness Journal.Community lifelines ensure that businesses and the government can continue functioning and society can thrive. However, a breakdown in daily operations is inevitable when one or more lifeline is lost. In communications, this means a disruption in technology that has beco…
 
By RICHARD SCHOEBERL & DANIEL SCHERR, An Article Out Loud Flashback from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, October 18, 2017.“Lone wolf” attacks like the Highland Park shooting at a July 4th parade continue to represent significant threats to communities as well as national security. Whether ideologically or non-ideologically inspired, mass shootin…
 
By THOMAS J. LOCKWOOD & PETER LAPORTE, An Article Out Loud Flashback from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, October 26, 2016. Various drills and exercises highlight efforts to protect communities against various types of attacks involving transportation, buildings, historic sites, sporting events, and so on. Attacks and hostage-taking incidents ar…
 
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