The case study is a review of a current homeland security issue and one that affects the U.S. You will prepare five to seven pages (not including the cover or reference pages) exploring the issue presented.
The case study I chose is as follows:
Emerging Issues in Emergency Management
I. Impact of Climate Change
(food for thought) – As of October 7, 2020, the National Centers for Environmental Information reported that the U.S. had sustained 16 weather and climate disasters during the year “including droughts, severe storms, tropical cyclones and wildfires “ resulting in damages and costs exceeding $1 billion. The total cost of 279 weather and climate events tracked since 1980 exceeded $1.825 trillion.
II. Pandemic Response
(food for thought) – The world is in a state of emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The coronavirus has had adverse socioeconomic impacts and cost many lives, and emergency management professionals have contributed to the pandemic response in numerous ways. Some of those ways include: a) collecting data about the pandemic, b) distributing food to communities in crisis, c) educating people on how to avoid infection, d) issuing mask and other PPE, e) preparing quarantine and vaccination facilities
III. Cybersecurity Threats for Government Agencies
(food for thought) – Private businesses are a frequent target for cyber criminals, but internet crime against government agencies is also a significant concern. There have been frequent cyber attacks on governments aimed to steal sensitive information or meddle with national affairs. Cyber attacks can lead to physical consequences. In today’s internet-connected world, it’s critical for emergency managers to anticipate the potential impacts of cyber attacks on their organization’s physical infrastructure and develop prevention and backup measures. The Federal Emergency Management Agency clearly considers cybersecurity a priority, as they have invested more than $165 million in grant funding for state and local jurisdictions cyber preparedness over the past 10 years.