Preparedness, Response, & Resilience Policy Reports Archive

Public Health and Emergency Management: Challenges and Opportunities (PDF)

June 07, 2012

The legacy missions of public health and emergency management must be synchronized for disaster preparedness and response efforts to be effective. To achieve this goal, stakeholders within these fields must work together to develop a comprehensive and integrated approach to managing manmade and natural disasters.

Operationalizing Resilience: A Systems-based Approach Emphasizing Risk Management is Required (PDF)

October 13, 2011

A systems-based approach will allow the frameworks to account for the interdependencies among the homeland security mission areas, recognize the relationships between “hard” and “soft” resilience, and drive preparedness investments towards better optimization.

Interim Report on Resilience

May 16, 2011

For the past several years much has been written about the need for resilience in our nation, businesses, and communities. In short, there is general agreement that resilience is a good thing, but we lack a shared vision of how to achieve it.Task Force Co-Chairs: Michael Balboni, Daniel Kaniewski, R. David Paulison

The H1N1 Influenza A Virus: A Test Case for a Global Response (PDF)

May 01, 2009

A new strain of an existing influenza virus has appeared, and with it an opportunity to test years of local, state, federal, and international emergency planning. The outcome is likely to have enduring health and economic consequences around the world.

The Homeland Security Council: Considerations for the Future (PDF)

April 01, 2009

There is general agreement that homeland security is a part of national security. The challenge is to create an organizational construct that reflects this reality and manages it most effectively. The key questions for present purposes are: “how can the federal government best manage its role in the homeland security enterprise, and what should be the role of White House staff?"

Stopping Surprise Attacks: Thinking Smarter About Homeland Security

April 23, 2007

For decades, top Pentagon management has not had the time to think deeply about long-term trends or threats that have not even begun to emerge. Instead, it has relied on a small office to do the job -- the Office of Net Assessment (ONA). The ONA offers senior lead­ers insights and new perspectives on an uncertain future by conducting studies and engaging top intellec­tuals and cutting-edge thinkers in many fields."

Regionalizing Homeland Security: Unifying National Preparedness and Response (PDF)

June 30, 2006

Hurricane Katrina exposed serious flaws in our nation’s capability for responding effectively to catastrophic disasters, whether natural or man made...Preparedness—the realm of activities that must occur before an incident, such as planning, training, exercising, and resourcing—must be integrated at the regional level with response—those activities that must occur as an incident unfolds.

Empowering America: A Proposal for Enhancing Regional Preparedness (PDF)

April 06, 2006

This report, written by a task force of scholars organized by The Heritage Foundation and HSPI, focuses on regional preparedness. Regional preparedness is crucial to building a national response system that allows local communities, states, and the federal government to work together to make sure that the right resources get to the right place at the right time to do the right thing during a catastrophic disaster.

Enhancing Preparedness for Cyanide Terrorism (PDF)

September 20, 2005

Although US governmental agencies consider a cyanide terrorist attack probable, the United States is ill prepared for mass-casualty incidents involving cyanide...To make the most of a window of time for effective intervention, preparedness efforts should entail education of emergency responders and health care professionals about cyanide as a primary or secondary toxicant risk and about the recognition and treatment of cyanide poisoning.

Back to the Future: An Agenda for Federal Leadership of Emergency Medical Services (PDF)

May 02, 2005

America’s first responders proudly serve their communities by responding thousands of times daily to calls for help from the citizens they serve...However, even in a post-9/11 environment, a fundamental component of the first responder community— Emergency Medical Services (EMS)—is a missing piece of the preparedness puzzle.