Preparing for 'D Days' - Major Incidents - @

Preparing for 'D Days'


A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT-P | From the Disaster & Terrorism Preparedness Issue

As you read this, there are thousands of aircraft in the skies over the U.S., and millions of Americans are traveling in buses, trains and subways. There are also millions of people sleeping or resting in hotels, hospitals, condominiums and nursing care facilities.

At the crack of dawn, millions of children will take their seats on school buses and sit at their desks in schools, ready for the many challenges that lie ahead of them. Most will not be thinking about some disgruntled student, ex-employee or terrorist barricading doors, setting off explosive devices or holding them hostage. That’s our job.

It is our responsibility to think about unfortunate, often horrific, aspects of “daily life” in this time of unrest throughout the world. We must envision all the ways unstable individuals, religious zealots and others with “axes to grind” will express themselves by attacking us and other innocent people. We must also develop our own “battle plans” to counteract disasters (“D Days”) and minimize the deaths, injuries and destruction that can occur during the predicted domestic and foreign attacks against us.

And, as always, it is our responsibility to be proactive and prepare for the cargo plane loaded with hazardous cargo, crashing in limited-resource areas after 20 birds get sucked into its engines shortly after take-off.

This editorial supplement, featuring some of the brightest minds in disaster and terrorism preparedness response in America, was developed with input from the Department of Homeland Security and other advisors whose job is to conduct risk assessments and predict what threats we must plan for in the immediate future.

These experts, as well as the sponsors of this supplement, “have your back” and have stepped forward to give you the latest perspectives on these important topics. Read them all carefully, think about strengths and weakness in your training, response and operational plans, and close those gaps before we are hit by predicted “D Days.”

Connect: Have a thought or feedback about this? Add your comment now
Related Topics: Major Incidents, WMD and Terrorism, terrorism preparedness, terrorism, ems emergency preparedness, D Days, cbrne

Author Thumb

A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT-P

JEMS Editor-in-Chief A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT-P, has a background as an EMS director and EMS operations director. He specializes in MCI management.


What's Your Take? Comment Now ...

Buyer's Guide Featured Companies

Featured Careers & Jobs in EMS

Get JEMS in Your Inbox


Fire EMS Blogs

Blogger Browser

Today's Featured Posts


EMS Airway Clinic

Innovation & Advancement

This is the seventh year of the EMS 10 Innovators in EMS program, jointly sponsored by Physio-Control and JEMS.
More >

Multimedia Thumb

Salt Lake City Firefighters Injured in Firehouse Fire

Nine sent to a hospital with smoke inhalation.
Watch It >

Multimedia Thumb

Pennsylvania Paramedic Killed in the Line of Duty

West End Ambulance medic killed at accident scene.
Watch It >

Multimedia Thumb

Wesleyan Students Hospitalized for Overdose

11 students transported to local hospitals.
Watch It >

Multimedia Thumb

Rigs Going in Service from EMS Today 2015

Snap shots of some of the vehicles at EMS Today that will be on the streets soon
More >

Multimedia Thumb

Florida Hospital Fire

Fire halts construction project at Tampa cancer center.
More >

Multimedia Thumb

VividTrac offered by Vivid Medical - EMS Today 2013

VividTrac, affordable high performance video intubation device.
Watch It >

Multimedia Thumb

Field Bridge Xpress ePCR on iPad, Android, Kindle Fire

Sneak peek of customizable run forms & more.
Watch It >

Multimedia Thumb

The AmbuBus®, Bus Stretcher Conversion Kit - EMS Today 2013

AmbuBus®, Bus Stretcher all-hazards preparedness & response tool
Watch It >

More Product Videos >