Learning Materials from the NPS Center for Homeland Defense and Security


Community preparedness

The Future of Responder Family Preparedness: The New Normal

Interview — video. James Hulings. The U.S. government has recently contended that communities cannot be “prepared” without first ensuring the safety of responders and their families. This thesis uses a selection research method to explore whether the development and execution… Continue Reading →

High-Tech, Low-Tech, No-Tech: Communications Strategies During Blackouts

Interview — video. Diana Sun (Solymossy). This thesis recommends that every community be prepared with a three-pronged approach to dealing with disasters. By examining the reliability of technology in instances of emergency, we can better prepare ourselves for future disasters…. Continue Reading →

The Perfect Storm: The Religious Apocalyptic Imagination and Personal Disaster Preparedness

Interview — video. Anne Marie Albertazzi. This thesis examines the relationship between religious apocalyptic beliefs and disaster preparedness motivations in the United States. Four focus groups were convened with members of the American public who reported holding religious beliefs that… Continue Reading →

CHDS Thesis Series: Community Preparedness: Creating a Model for Change

Interview — video. Nicholas Campasano. Although the United States has made great strides in improving its capacity to respond to and mitigate large scale incidents resulting from acts of nature or deliberate acts of man, the development and improvement of… Continue Reading →

Agenda: Presentations at the 2010 Homeland Security Education Summit

The Annual HD/HS Education Summit was held in Feb. 24-25, 2010 at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C When the Center for Homeland Defense and Security (CHDS) sponsored its first Homeland Security Education Summit, discussions hinged on how to establish education programs… Continue Reading →

Faith-Based and Community Initiatives in Homeland Security in the State of Alabama

Interview — video. Sydney Hoffman. Sydney Hoffman, Director of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives for the Alabama Governor’s Office discusses her role in organizing community leaders using the combination of volunteerism, charity, and DHS sponsored programs to help train volunteers and… Continue Reading →

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