Preparedness

NCRP 138: Reliable Guidance for Radiation Emergencies

by Rob Schnepp -

In an era when terrorist attachs involving weapons of mass destruction, including radiation weapons, represent a clear and present danger, decision makers are turning to a useful albeit bewhiskered document for guidance in formulating their what-if conti

Agitated Delirium: A Primer for EMS/Law-Enforcement Personnel

by Jay Kehoe -

The sudden death of anyone is a personal tragedy for his/her friends and next of kin - and creates a sometimes extremely complicated issue for police, EMS, and correctional personnel to deal with.

Piracy 2005: A New and Major Terrorism Concern

by Laurie Thomas -

Although romanticized in the movies, piracy remains a clear and present danger in many areas of the world - and, in the Age of Terrorism, poses a major new threat to the United States and its Free World allies.

Lessons Learned: A Major Educational Resource

by Laurie Thomas -

The LLIS.gov secure website provides an encyclopedia of helpful information for first responders and other information-seekers in the rapidly growing U.S. domestic-preparedness community. It may not have ALL the answers (yet), but it is headed in that dir

Electro-Muscular Disruption Technology and How it Works

by Jay Kehoe -

Shockingly enough, Tasers are becoming the most humane working tool available to law-enforcement personnel and correctional officers who have no choice but to use force in dealing with aggressive and/or demented individuals who are threatening the peace a

Ludwig Benner: The Father of Modern HAZMAT Thinking?

by Rob Schnepp -

In the late 1960's, far too many firefighters were dying in the line of duty when the fires were fighting involved hazardous materials. One man, Ludwig Benner, realized that changes were needed, both in the way firefighters were being trained and in the

CERFPs: A New Resource for Emergency Response

by Christopher Schnaubelt -

The National Guard creates new units to deal with mass disasters. After the first responders come the WMD-CST teams, and behind them, providing a second protective shield for the American people, come the twelve CEFRP units, stationed in FEMA regions thro

Workloads and Respiratory Rates: The Key Factors In Respiratory Protection

by Rob Schnepp -

Breathing is not easy for anyone involved in the responses to and cleanup of hazardous materials. The task is much more difficult, though, when the equipment provided to first responders is less than adequate, and deficient in many other ways.

A Long Tradition of Voluntary National Service

by Brent Bankus -

The recent spate of articles and commentaries about the "Minuteman" group that, without invitation, helped the U.S. Border Patrol apprehend over 300 illegal migrants is a timely reminder that other citizen groups have provided significant homeland-defense

ALPR Systems and How They Grew

by Jay Kehoe -

Crime-fighting goes high-tech with the introduction and increasing use of affordable, relatively compact, and user-friendly OCR and ALPR technology. Today, speeders are the most likely target. Tomorrow and the day after it will be known criminals and/or s