Emergency Preparedness

Although city leaders are increasingly prioritizing resilience planning in the face of climate change, food systems have been largely left out of the conversation. Our new research finds that natural disasters could create extended food supply disruptions in U.S. cities, especially in neighborhoods with limited food retail options and food insecure populations.

The City of Pittsburgh was joined Monday by representatives from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health and Intermedix to host an emergency preparedness resilience workshop as a part of the ONEPGH initiative, which is a partnership with 100 Resilient Cities- Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation.

A multi-billion-dollar investment is about to be made in public safety infrastructure throughout the United States and every community in America will be impacted. A contract valued at $6.5 billion for the first five years of its 25-year term has been awarded to U.S. wireless carrier AT&T by the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) for the buildout of a nationwide broadband network to serve millions of first responders and public safety officials.

Dallas officials blame computer hacking for setting off emergency sirens throughout the city early Saturday. Rocky Vaz, director of Dallas' Office of Emergency Management, said all 156 of the city's sirens were activated more than a dozen times.

America's infrastructure has suffered from sustained, chronic underinvestment for more than 30 years. We are only now beginning to realize how much this has cost the economy, particularly in jobs.

Every morning, I sit down at my PC with a cup of coffee, crank some tunes on Spotify, and scour r/techsupportgore for gnarly PC disaster pics to tweet out. Not this morning, because it appears a massive Distributed Denial of Service attack targeting DNS host Dyn has knocked a big chunk of the Internet offline.

In September 2016, OVH Octave Klaba tweeted that his company had sustained a DDoS attack which reached over 1tb in size. This was in a week when security journalist Brian Krebs also suffered a significant attack on his own website. OVH shared information on some of the attacking addresses with Fujitsu CTI analyzing a number of the source addresses.

The health care industry is a prime target for innovation, and improvements are being made in a wide range of areas.  There are new payment models, disease management programs, flexible care models and technology-driven cost reductions. One particularly interesting trend worth noting involves community paramedicine programs that reduce costly visits to emergency rooms (ERs).

Defining what “resilience” means isn’t too difficult. Broadly, resilience encompasses preparedness, sustainability, equitability and adaptability in the face of challenges. Determining why a city needs to be resilient is, likewise, rather easy. As urban populations continue to rise, leaders need to ensure that every citizen is safe and that the city’s infrastructure is able to meet the needs of the people without coming undone. Few city leaders would question the need for some degree of resilient strategy.

When reporting on cities, coverage is limited by scope. Sometimes this is practical, but also justified. Most of the areas that Smart & Resilient Cities focuses on are in the West, and even then primarily in North America. This is not only because our core audience is American, but also because cities and governments and cultures differ across the world. Developments in Columbus, Ohio, may not have much in common with projects happening in India, and vice versa.

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