COMMUNICATION & INTEROPERABILITY ARCHIVES

Premiere Performances: NSSEs, Non-NSSEs – And the Security Risks Involved

The most perfectly planned and carefully implemented security plan can easily go awry. All it takes is one suicidal terrorist or deranged assassin to make a major special event much more exciting, and dangerous – for participants and spectators alike – than originally anticipated.

London 2012: Protecting the Olympic Games

The greatest challenge facing UK and London officials will not be the staging of a worthy successor to China’s sterling 2008 Games, but maintaining tight security in an open society where the cuisine may be less varied but freedom and diversity are much more highly valued.

A Global Sensor Network for Disaster Warnings

It would be much more complicated than “a two-step smoke-alarm process,” but the nations of the world now have the technology needed to develop and build a truly global international, and interoperable, sensor system capable of almost instantaneous detection of imminent disasters. So why don’t they?

Mid-Atlantic Officials Cite Progress, Continuing Challenges

Recent AHC (All-Hazards Consortium) meeting in Wilmington (Del.) serves as a working model for all states and regions seeking to institute and/or improve cooperative multi-state programs, funding efforts, and mutual-assistance agreements.

Virginia Guard Conducts Hurricane Preparedness Exercise

The Virginia National Guard conducted a four-day hurricane preparedness exercise at the State Military Reservation in Virginia Beach with the goal of improving the Virginia Guard’s ability to plan and carry out domestic operations in conjunction with state agencies and local first responders.

The Now Possible Dream: Communications Interoperability

Firefighters, policemen, EMS technicians, & other first responders agree that one of their biggest on-the-job difficulties has been their inability to communicate with their counterparts from other jurisdictions. That huge capabilities “”gap”” may soon be closed, thanks to improved technology and better planning.

ServNC Shapes Quick Response to Icy Kentucky

Thanks to EMAC, ESF-8, and other mutual-assistance policies and programs, individual states no longer have to go it alone when facing a hurricane, an earthquake, a terrorist attack, and/or other disasters, natural or manmade.

EMS and Suicide Bombings – Some Potentially Deadly Considerations

Most terrorist attacks against the United States have been large-scale incidents. But the demonstrated willingness of individual martyr-terrorists to serve as suicide bombers has changed the equation and requires much greater attention than it has been given so far.

NIMS: Not a Once and Done Proposition

The “”revolutionary era”” of U.S. homeland security started with the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001. A new era, focused on the maintenance and upgrading of hard-earned responder skills, is about to begin.

Ice Storm 2009: Kentucky’s Regional Response

First-person report: How Kentucky coped with “frozen Hell” earlier this year by making full use of not only its own responder capabilities but also those available through CDC’s Career Epidemiology Field Officer program.

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