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National Homeland Security Conference 2017

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

The National Homeland Security Conference provides a direct bridge to connect and share best practices among those charged with keeping the nation safe. The conference brings together over 1,000 attendees from the homeland security and emergency management disciplines, representing local, state, federal government, military, and the private sector.

This year the NHSA will be hosting 60 and 75 minute national homeland security presentations based on the following areas: Recent Events; Training for Preparedness; Grant Management; Emergency Medical Response and Public Health Issues; Port and Transit Security; Intelligence & Information Sharing; Whole Community Preparedness; Public Safety; Counterterrorism – Protecting The Homeland. (Buffalo, NY)

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Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital (Book Review)

Thursday, March 10th, 2016

Author: Sheri Fink
Publisher: Crown Publishing Group, 2013

Reviewed by: Tammy Chamblee, RN, BSN, MA Homeland Security

Over the period of five days during the Hurricane Katrina disaster, people made choices we might think wouldn’t, couldn’t or shouldn’t be made in twenty-first century, modern America. Sheri Fink’s Five Days at Memorial shows that given the right set of circumstances, the same decisions and consequences could face America again unless we learn necessary lessons and make necessary changes.

Five Day at Memorial details the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in August 2005 at the Memorial Medical Center in New Orleans. It is an expansion of the Pulitzer Prize-winning article that was written by Fink and published in 2009 in The New York Times Magazine and describes the events that occurred at Memorial Medical Center during the five days after the hurricane as thousands of people found themselves trapped at the hospital without power. The system of triage that was put into effect deprioritized the critically ill patients for evacuation. Ultimately, a number of these patients were later euthanized by the nursing and medical staff. These acts occurred just shortly before the hospital was evacuated on the fifth day of the crisis. Fink examines the political and legal ramifications of the decision to euthanize these patients and then the ethical issues that surrounded health care in disaster scenarios.

The book went on to win three awards, one of which was a National Book Critics Circle Award.