Reference Materials: Response






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    Title: NIOSH/CDC releases key messages for use in hurricane response (24 Oct 2017) Emergency response and recovery workers and volunteers face many kinds of dangers in the aftermath of a hurricane. Knowing what kinds of hazards you'll face and steps you can take to work safely helps you be a more effective responder.
    Summary: Read this guidance from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about how to work safely and avoid hazards such as carbon monoxide, mold, and heat stress. Use these key messages to share important safety information with your readers, as well as workers and volunteers. Feel free to copy and paste the information, links, and images into your newsletters, emails, and social media posts.

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    Title: "HIPPA and Disasters: What Emergency Professionals Need to Know" (six-page fact sheet published by The Technical Resources, Assistance Center, and Information Exchange). Learn what appropriate uses and disclosures of the information may still be made when necessary to treat a patient, to protect the nation’s public health, and for other critical purposes.
    Summary: Knowing what information can be released, to whom, and under what circumstances, is critical for healthcare facilities in disaster response. The fact sheet, which is designed to answer frequently asked questions regarding the release of information about patients following an incident, addresses what information can be disclosed under what circumstances. This resource also includes links to more information and additional resource documents.

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    Title: "Responding to Cybercrime at Scale: Operation Avalanche – a Case Study," by Robert Wainwright, director, Europol, and Frank J. Ciluffo, director, Center for Cyber & Homeland Security (March 2017).
    Summary: This paper is an issue brief on Operation Avalanche, in which an international coalition of law enforcement agencies and private sector partners neutralized one of the most sophisticated criminal syndicates in history. This is the most impressive in a recent string of cross-border, law enforcement-led initiatives that has illustrated the importance of organizing responses to vast cybercrime networks based on the unique aspects of their business models.

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    Title: First Responders Toolbox: Terrorist Attacks against Bars, Restaurants, and Nightclubs Worldwide Highlight Importance of Public and Private Sector Partnerships in the Homeland (NCTC, DHS, FBI, January 2017)
    Summary: Bars, restaurants, and nightclubs face a number of potential security concerns including active shooters, improvised explosive devices, and vehicle borne improvised explosive devices. To mitigate these threats, homeland security officials, first responders, private security personnel and establishment owners and managers are encouraged to integrate these considerations into their security measures and incident-response plans.

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