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Understanding the U.S. Public Health System’s Response to Pandemics

Most people are unaware of what is or who becomes involved when a pandemic strikes. In this post, I explore the institutions and mechanisms that exist in the United States to track and cope with pandemic outbreaks in this country and worldwide. As you read, consider your part in this complex process. What can you do to minimize the potential spread of disease in your community?

Auto Hacking Could Be Your Biggest Threat

Approximately 400,000 people flow into the District of Columbia to work each day. Many commute by train or Metro. But a large number drive and thoughtlessly endure the slog into the Washington metro area. Few consider the potential threat hidden in their automobiles. But what if someone wanted to shut down the U.S. government? How might a determined adversary approach the problem using a non-kinetic weapon (i.e. no bombs or boom)? Could a simple computer virus do the trick?

The Ripple Effects of Pandemics on Modern Society

Human history records a number of significant pandemics, from influenza to tuberculosis. From this, most people associate pandemics with death, but few understand the severe impact pandemics have on society as a whole. The following three cases explore the potentially devastating nature of pandemics, both in terms of the loss of life and economic impact.

As Communities Recover from Disaster, Law Enforcement Plays Critical Role

The role of law enforcement has never solely been about enforcing the laws. The phrase “Serve and Protect” goes beyond catching bad guys. America’s history has shown us that the responsibilities of first responders during a disaster, whether natural or manmade, are critical to a community’s effective recovery.

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