Preparedness, Response, & Resilience Op-Eds & Commentaries Archive

Educating Our Guardians (PDF)

July 18, 2012

As the recent storms that led to widespread power and communications outages demonstrate, disaster preparedness in the public and private sectors is lacking in the Washington area. The long-term solution to this problem is neither political nor technological. Rather it is education that will improve the nation’s resilience for disasters in the future.

Storm Surge

October 05, 2009

As the Philippines struggles to address the damage wreaked by Tropical Storm Ketsana, a political storm is also brewing. Filipino senators are currently calling on the government to renegotiate the country's Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) with the United States.

Metro's Crash Reveals Gains in Preparedness

June 28, 2009

The response to the tragedy demonstrated that an increased focus on local and regional readiness since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks has better prepared the Washington area not only for acts of terrorism but also for the full range of emergencies that can strike a region.

Not Your Father's FEMA

September 10, 2008

FEMA is an easy target; its four-letter acronym is often used as shorthand to convey all of Katrina’s failures. But FEMA is just one piece of the preparedness puzzle.

Ice Cube on Plate Glass Window: First Responders Should Support Increased EMS Funding (PDF)

July 07, 2005

Unlike our peers in law enforcement and fire suppression, EMS has been treated like the unwanted stepchild.