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December 6, 2013

Friday Free Forum

Filed under: General Homeland Security — by Philip J. Palin on December 6, 2013

On this date in 1861 the Willamette River crested at its highest historic peak, part of a sustained period of extraordinary flooding across much of the far western United States.  (See: California Megaflood: Lessons from a Forgotten Catastrophe)

On this day in 1917 a munitions ship in Halifax (Nova Scotia) harbor exploded killing  over 1900 people.

On this day in 1989 an anti-feminist gunmen murders 15 young women at the Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal.

What’s on your mind related to homeland security?



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Comment by William R. Cumming

December 6, 2013 @ 12:28 am

Any about information or opinions about the progress of the current QHSR?

Consensus on impacts pro or con of the 1st one?

Any statistics on this blog’s readership?

Two books on disasters made the NY Times top five nonfiction list for 2013.

Budget for rest of this FY possibility increases.

H1N1 killed many more world-wide than previously reported.

Comment by Philip J. Palin

December 6, 2013 @ 5:43 am

Bill: Regarding the QHSR, I am contributing so have a conflict-of-interest. At some point after the QHSR is released I will probably make some general comments.

A few years ago during a software update the stats package for HLSWATCH disappeared, at least I cannot see it. Not knowing has been sort of calming to me so I have not pushed to restore the information.

The H1N1 analysis is fascinating. Is it a precursor? I think so. The full study report is available at:

Comment by Claire B. Rubin

December 6, 2013 @ 7:32 am

The munitions explosion in Halifax led to the efforts of Rev. Prince to document the event. His work is considered the beginning of the systematic study of disasters.

Comment by William R. Cumming

December 6, 2013 @ 8:38 am

Thanks Phil! And thanks to Claire for reporting a new NAS study on Resilience and the DHS workforce!

Comment by Christopher Tingus

December 7, 2013 @ 12:54 am

7:48am – 7th December 1941!


Thank you for your service!


Comment by JCOMISKEY

December 7, 2013 @ 7:23 am


FYI, finishing up an undergraduate HLS class and used film Contagion: http://contagionmovie.warnerbros.com/dvd/

Finished up lesson with H1N1 report and aggregate fatalities to great effect.

Film also provides great insights into intelligence cycle/information cycle/business intelligence cycle.

Film is a must see for HLS students and practitioners.

Comment by Christopher Tingus

December 7, 2013 @ 1:26 pm

“..December 7, 1941, a date which will live in infamy , the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan. … As Commander-in-Chief of the Army and Navy, I have directed that all measures be taken for our defense. …With confidence in our armed forces, with the unbounded determination of our people, we will gain the inevitable triumph, so help us God.” — President Franklin D. Roosevelt

We all thank you for your service….

Comment by William R. Cumming

December 9, 2013 @ 8:40 am

The movie CONTAGION made with full cooperation of CDC!

Comment by Arnold Bogis

December 10, 2013 @ 3:21 pm

JCOMISKEY, out of curiosity was the role of public health in homeland security discussed? ESF-8 and ASPR? I am simply curious how those topics are viewed (if at all) in homeland security discussions and education.

Comment by Arnold Bogis

December 10, 2013 @ 6:10 pm

Sorry…Meant to address you as John…

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