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NASEMSO Announces Release of EMS Domestic Preparedness Improvement Strategy
(01/29/15) NASEMSO has released the Emergency Medical Services Domestic Preparedness Improvement Strategy, consisting of goals, strategies, tasks, and activities to mitigate the ten most significant gaps in EMS preparedness and response. These goals, strategies, tasks and activities were structured to provide specific guidance and assign responsibilities to EMS organizations at the federal, national, state, tribal, and local levels.
In an effort to bring solutions to published EMS domestic preparedness gaps, the Department of Homeland Security Office of Health Affairs charged NASEMSO with leading a process to analyze and summarize specific published EMS preparedness reports and document implementable solutions to the identified gaps. NASEMSO seated an EMS Domestic Preparedness Strategy Group consisting of representatives of thirteen EMS stakeholder organizations, representing EMS at the federal, national, state, tribal, and local levels. Represented constituencies included state EMS officials, EMS physicians, emergency managers, 911 communication center leaders, private- sector ambulance companies, fire chiefs, local EMS managers, and federal representatives from the departments and various programs that have EMS leadership responsibilities. The group identified and prioritized the most significant gaps in EMS domestic preparedness. The strategy group also identified general solutions to each of the ten most important gap areas.
NASEMSO Announces Recent Advocacy Efforts
(01/08/15) The National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO) is pleased to provide information related to resolutions approved by the membership at its 2014 Annual Meeting that serve to endorse highway safety initiatives and commemorate entities and individuals who have long-served EMS. The full text of each resolution is available at NASEMSO Resolutions.
EMS News & Resources
“Outbreaks” Report Rates States in Ability to Respond to Severe Infectious Disease
(01/09/15) A report recently released by Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) finds that the Ebola outbreak exposes serious underlying gaps in the nation’s ability to manage severe infectious disease threats. Half of states and Washington, D.C. scored five or lower out of 10 key indicators related to preventing, detecting, diagnosing and responding to outbreaks. Maryland, Massachusetts, Tennessee, Vermont and Virginia tied for the top score – achieving eight out of 10 indicators. The indicators are developed in consultation with leading public health experts based on data from publicly available sources or information provided by public officials.
GAO's State and Local Fiscal Simulations
(01/09/14) Fiscal sustainability presents a national challenge shared by all levels of government. Since 2007, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) has published simulations of long-term fiscal trends in the state and local government sector. These simulations have consistently shown that state and local governments face long-term fiscal pressures. Absent any policy changes, the sector will face an increasing gap between expenditures and receipts in future years. Closing this gap will require state and local governments to make policy changes to assure that receipts are at least equal to expenditures.
GAO's model uses the Bureau of Economic Analysis's National Income and Product Accounts as the primary data source and presents the results in the aggregate for the state and local sector as a whole. In summary, the 2014 update to GAO's model shows that the state and local government sector continues to face long-term fiscal challenges. The fiscal situation of the state and local government sector has improved in the past year as the sector's tax receipts have slowly increased. Nonetheless, as a percentage of gross domestic product (GDP), our model suggests that at current rates total tax revenues for the sector would not return to the 2007 historical high until 2058. Learn more.
NACo Unveils County Explore Interactive Map Tool
(01/09/15) The National Association of Counties has released the County Explorer, a one-stop-shop for county data and profiles for each of the 3,069 U.S. counties, incorporating city-county searches and other queries. This is an upgraded version of the previous NACo database, County Intelligence Connections (CIC), with the addition of the "Find a County" searches available on the NACo website. The map is available for free to NACo members and other users interested in county information. The interactive feature allows users to map county data from more than 70 datasets and 500 county indicators, or variables, for the latest year available. Learn more.
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