Updates

Piedmont Virginia Community College and the Virginia Department of Emergency Management Partner to Hold First National Unmanned Aerial Systems Conference for Public Safety Personnel

Piedmont Virginia Community College and the Virginia Department of Emergency Management recently partnered to hold the nation’s first unmanned aerial systems (UAS) conference for public safety personnel. The conference featured expert panel discussions on a variety of topics including UAS usage by fire and emergency medical services, by law enforcement, in search and rescue situations and in emergency and disaster management.

New "Water On-the-Go" App Helps Keep Texans Safe With Current Stream Conditions

The new “Water On-the-Go” mobile app, developed by the U.S. Geological Survey, gives the public easy access to current conditions in streams across Texas. The new, mobile-friendly website/app will allow users to quickly locate USGS gages in Texas that measure streamflow, stream height, rainfall or lake levels so that users can get up-to-date information on water conditions near where they are located.

City of Pittsburgh Prepares for a Severe Air Quality Incident Using Predictive Analytics Technology

The City of Pittsburgh, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, and Intermedix put on a workshop aimed at exploring how emergency response technology would work with predictive simulations to prepare the region for an air quality combined with a heat wave disaster. This emergency preparedness resilience workshop is part of the ONEPGH initiative, which is a partnership with100 Resilient Cities- Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation.

Stopping Attacks That Disrupt Voice Communications

In the past few years, 911 emergency call centers, financial services companies, and a host of other critical service providers and essential organizations have been victims of telephony denial of service (TDoS) attacks. The DHS Science and Technology Directorate is making sure TDoS attacks cannot disrupt critical phone systems.

Mutual Aid Resource Planning Tool Improves Community Preparedness

Reaching out to nearby towns for mutual aid to support resource needs is essential to quickly respond to and recover from disasters. Building on what was learned from previous mutual aid work, the Department of Homeland Security’s First Responders Group developed a prototype application designed to help jurisdictions develop and resource their own capability-based plans.

Fire Prevention & Safety Grant Application Period Opening

The Fire Prevention & Safety (FP&S) grant application period opened Monday, 17 April 2017. The notice of funding opportunity contains important program updates and application requirements. The application period ends Friday, 19 May 2017.

FLIR Announces Educational Resource, “FLIR PRIMED” for CBRNE and Hazmat Responders    

FLIR announced the launch of its new educational resource, FLIR PRIMED – Prepare, Recognize, Input, Monitor, Experience, Decision – a free, online tool that provides first responders with best practices for hazardous materials (hazmat) accidents and chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and/or explosives (CBRNE) attacks.

Fogarty Protects Americans by Building Pandemic Response Capacity in Ebola-Hit West Africa

A new Fogarty program is aimed at strengthening scientific expertise at institutions in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone so that when the next infectious disease outbreak comes, they will be prepared to rapidly respond. The goal is for scientists to plan research training programs that enable quick implementation of therapeutic or vaccine trials when the next infectious disease threatens.

Battelle and Nanotherapeutics Form Alliance to Speed Up Process of Industry Bringing Medical Countermeasures to Market

Battelle and Nanotherapeutics Inc. announced that the organizations have entered an alliance to bring together core research, development, test and evaluation (RDT&E), as well as manufacturing capabilities needed to expedite the development of medical countermeasures. These resources are urgently required by the Department of Defense to protect deployed military forces from chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear threats.

DHS S&T Opens New Explosives Detection Lab

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) officially opened a new Test & Evaluation Laboratory building at the Transportation Security Laboratory (TSL). Located at the William J. Hughes FAA Technical Center in Egg Harbor Township, N.J., the new building expands TSL’s reinforced laboratory space for conducting tests of explosives detection systems.