A Novel Approach to Chemical Attacks

Dr. Greg Ciottone, Director for Medical Preparedness at the NPLI, recently published a piece in the New England Journal of Medicine addressing the challenges of responding to medical response to chemical attacks. Chemical attacks are on the rise and present an emerging challenge for first responders. The article reviews: …the toxidromes (constellations of signs and symptoms that are characteristic of a given class of agents) for known and suspected chemical-warfare…

The Challenges of Extreme Hurricanes

The extraordinary wallop from back-to-back hurricanes in 2017 tested the capacity and capability of the response system. There were many challenges as well as stories of resourcefulness, resilience, and courage from Texas to Puerto Rico. Recently, the Leadership Forum at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health convened an all-star panel to discuss what we’ve learned about extreme hurricanes that should be carried forward for future planning and training.…

Serino Shares Best Practices in Public Health Preparedness and Response

NPLI Distinguished Fellow Richard Serino recently shared proven techniques for leaders to positively influence preparedness and response for public health emergencies. Given the worse-than-expected flu season, this advice could not be more timely. Among Serino’s advice was the importance of transparency when communicating with the public: tell them what you know, tell them what you don’t know, and tell them what you are doing to close the gap. Serino noted…

Inaugural Master Symposium Held in DC

The National Preparedness Leadership Initiative held its first Master Symposium in Washington, DC in early November. The program, open to alumni of NPLI executive education programs, attracted approximately 50 participants for two days of discussion. Sessions included updates on the dimensions of meta-leadership (the person, the situation, and connectivity) as well as new curriculum modules on organizational transformation, developing emerging leaders and leading across the “arc of time.” NPLI faculty…

NPLI Rocks IAEM 2016

The 2016 annual meeting of the International Association of Emergency Managers was held in Savannah, Georgia on October 14-19 and NPLIers were there in full force demonstrating meta-leadership as organizers, presenters, and attendees. Susamma Seely (Cohort XIV) chaired the program planning committee. Dr. Leonard Marcus, NPLI founding co-director, delivered a keynote address. Aimee Binning (Cohort IX), Jane Cage (Cohort XI), Marcus Coleman (Cohort XII), Carina Elsenboss (Cohort XII), Leslie Luke…

How Do You Make Tough Decisions?

On September 29, the NPLI partnered with Domestic Preparedness on a round table discussion on high stakes decision making held at the Harvard Faculty Club in Cambridge, MA. Participants included numerous NPLI alumni including Geoff Bartlett (Cohort XII) Tufts University; Kathryn Brinsfield (Cohort I), Department of Homeland Security; Bill Christensen (Cohort XI), MA State Police;Joe Duggan (Cohort XII), MA State Police, and Ed Gabriel (Cohort IV), Department of Health and…

Leaders in Cohort XIV are Off and Running

Fifty senior professionals from across the public, private, and non-profit sectors gathered in Cambridge last week for the opening session of NPLI Cohort XIV program on crisis leadership. The week began with the naming of Alice Hill (Cohort VIII, at right with Dr. Lenny Marcus) of the White House National Security Council Resilience Policy Directorate as Meta-Leader of the Year 2015 for her work with President Obama on climate change.…

NPLI Faculty Respond to Recent Terror Attacks

The world has been rocked by recent attacks in Beirut, Baghdad, and most recently, Paris. Faculty and guest speakers from the NPLI have been among the most widely quoted experts. Here is a summary of their comments. NPLI founding Co-Director Leonard Marcus has been active with local Boston media on the topic. Links to those stories were not available as of the time of this post. However, Marcus provided this…

Cohort XIII Tackles Tough Leadership Challenges

NPLI Cohort XIII returns to Cambridge this week to present the results of their team projects. Each team selected a real-world problem with leadership dimensions and worked for six months to improve the situation, increase knowledge, and boost connectivity. Cohort XIII’s projects ranged from exploring how to improve communication with the public in the face of an infectious disease outbreak to helping cities hosting major sporting events or National Special…

NPLI Alums Lead “Stop the Bleed”

On October 6, the “Stop the Bleed” campaign was launched at a White House event attended by some 200 invited participants. According to a White House press release, the purpose of the campaign is “to provide people with the tools to stop life threatening bleeding in the event of an emergency.” The Bystander: Stop the Bleed Forum was introduced by Alice Hill (NPLI Cohort VIII), Senior Director for Resilience Policy,…