april 2007

Updates

Raytheon's Emergency Patient Tracking System (EPTS) Receives Computerworld Honors Program Award

EPTS is an information-technology solution that facilitates the triage, treatment, and transport of victims during mass-casualty incidents, and also is used for tracking vital assets.

Updates

Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP) and National Strategy for Pan Flu pages launched on LLIS dot gov

This page serves as a repository of pandemic influenza plans and policies from all levels of government and is intended to help jurisdictions prepare for, respond to, and recover from an influenza pandemic or other public health emergency.

Updates

Massachusetts Maritime Academy Announces the Launch of Its Master of Science in Emergency Management Degree Program

The goal of the program is to provide graduates with the knowledge and tools needed to become successful emergency managers in the public and private sectors of the Northeast Region of the United States.

Preparedness

APHL Position Statement: Field Testing Kits, Devices Must Be Validated

by Chris N. Mangal -

The Association of Public Health Laboratories says, without proper validation, field tests of suspected biological and/or chemical agents might yield either false positives or, worse, false negatives & therefore would be, "dangerously misleading."

Preparedness

Four Ways for Hospitals to Prepare for HICS IV Now

by Paul Dimitruk -

U.S. hospitals have less than 18 months to upgrade their emergency preparedness & response capabilities to the levels mandated by the National Incident Management System. The task is a daunting one, & resources are limited, that challenge must be met.

Commentary

Anthrax Field Testing: Pros & Cons

by Martin Masiuk -

Two closely related but diametrically opposed "point/counterpoint" articles: focusing on anthrax detection technology.

Commentary

Question - Is Anthrax Present, Too Long to Wait for an Answer

by Kate Rosenblatt -

Homeland-security experts believe the worst-case scenario for future terrorist attacks will involve biological-warfare agents such as anthrax rather than nuclear weapons. Which is why the numerous delays in the anti-anthrax program have aroused concern.

Reports

Interpol Bioterrorism Incident Pre-Planning and Response Guide

The bioterrorism threat: strengthening law enforcement. An incident and pre-planning and response guide for law enforcement.

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Updates

Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Announces an Industry-Cooperative Employee Screening Plan

The collaborative employee screening plan builds upon the layered approach already in place at the nation's airports, which includes perpetual vetting of employees against watch lists, badge and keypad-protected entry points, and TSA employee screening.

Updates

FDA Approves First U.S. Vaccine for Humans Against the H5N1 Avian Influenza Virus

The vaccine could be used in the event the current H5N1 avian virus were to develop the capability to efficiently spread from human to human, probably resulting in the rapid spread of the disease across the globe.

Updates

North Dakota Department of Public Health Schedules Exercises Across the State to Help Local Communities Plan for Pandemic Influenza

The North Dakota Department of Health, in conjunction with North Dakota's local public health units, will be conducting exercises across the state throughout late April & in May. All of the exercises planned will focus on planning for pandemic influenza.

Updates

Sartin Services Impresses Officials and Nation with Mobile Evacuation Bus

Government officials already have ordered seven buses for fire departments in the Washington, D.C., area, and unveiled the vehicles in grand fashion at the Capitol building during a major press conference on 29 March.

Updates

Dräger Celebrates 100th-Year Anniversary in America During 2007!

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the invention of Dräger Pulmotor®, a machine to enable breathing, & which - along with the creation of the "soda lime cartridge" used for scrubbing toxic air within a breathing device - made Dräger's name famous.

Updates

Leica Geosystems Reduces Dependency for Reference Station with Advanced IPAS PPP Post-Processing Software

A post-processing software package within the Inertial Position & Attitude System product family, reduces need for reference station data

Updates

Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service Purchase Remploy Frontline CR1 Garment Protection System to Enhance Its CBRN Capability

The "semi-permeable" CR1 Frontliner combines activated carbon technology with a breathable barrier membrane to provide outstanding threat protection with a high degree of breathability.

Commentary

Real Resources and Real Reforms: A Report from the Committee Chairman

by Bennie G. Thompson -

The chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security promises fast and effective action - and the provision of "real resources" - to improve U.S. domestic preparedness across the board, to protect American lives & the nation's critical infrastructure.

Healthcare

The Rationale for a Pessimistic Preparedness Planning Scenario

by Michael Allswede -

For most U.S. hospitals, planning for a mass-casualty disaster is an administrative afterthought. The result, frequently, is a counterproductive "game plan" based on rosy optimism and unproven assumptions.

Commentary

George C. Benjamin, MD, FACP, Executive Director, American Public Health Association (APHA)

by John Morton -

The APHA leader's authoritative views on bioterrorism preparedness, the new challenges facing public-health officials in planning to cope with mass-casualty situations, the quarantine and isolation processes, & the threat posed by a pandemic influenza.

Updates

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Announces Secure Freight Initiative Begins Testing at Two Foreign Ports

These tests represent the initial phase of the Secure Freight Initiative announced Dec. 7, 2006, which involves the deployment of nuclear detection devices to six foreign ports.

Updates

Plateau Wireless Selects TruePosition to Provide E-911 Phase II Location Solution

The system enables the wireless carrier to satisfy the Phase II requirements of the Federal Communication Commission's Enhanced-911 mandate.

Updates

Axsys Technologies Acquires Cineflex Camera Systems

"This acquisition brings critical high-value technology to Axsys and opens the door to significant new markets," said Stephen W. Bershad, chairman and CEO of Axsys Technologies.

Updates

MDI Receives Initial Order to Provide Unified Systems for Transportation Worker Identity, Cargo Tracking & Security Network Project in the Dominican Republic

MDI was chosen by the Red Nacional De Transporte Terreste (RNTT) to provide its security technology and systems to track cargo and transportation-worker activity between selected free trade zones and a major port within the Dominican Republic.

Updates

University of Maryland University College to Offer Three New Homeland Security Degrees

UMUC adds Homeland Security, Emergency Management, and Information Assurance degrees - all of which are designed to provide students with training and academic credentials that will prepare them to succeed in these critical and fast-growing disciplines.

Updates

Anne Arundel Community College Receives Approval from Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) for Intelligence Analytics Program

Anne Arundel Community College has established an Intelligence Analytics certificate program for those already in the industry who need to update their skills or those seeking to enter the industry.

Updates

ICx Technologies Announces the Release of the Hospital Readiness Kit

The Hospital Readiness Kit is composed of a series of chemical-agent detection sensors designed to help hospital responders both during and after a crisis event.

Updates

The Clock Is Ticking: Pandemic Flu Exercises Prepare Marine Corps for Worst-Case Scenarios

CRA Inc. conducted a series of exercises designed to prepare multiple Marine Corps installations in the eastern United States for a devastating pandemic flu outbreak.

Commentary

Captain Michael B. Anderson, MMRS National Progam Manager

by John Morton -

An in-depth focus on how the MMRS is carrying out the missions assigned under Homeland Security Presidential Directive 8, what changes have been made, where additional focus is needed, and how state and local agencies are affected.

Updates

Public Health Foundation Enterprises (PHFE) Opens Regional Office in Washington DC

This new office opening represents PHFE's third regional office location, and will allow staff to more effectively manage PHFE programs based in the National Capital Region.

Updates

Base-X Enters Agreement with Medical Advisor Dr. Carol Gilbert

Dr. Gilbert will assist in the design of the medical cache sets included in Base-X emergency-response systems. She also will consult with customers to configure the appropriate medical supplies required for the systems' specific deployment purposes.

Updates

Scott Health & Safety Introduces the Scott M110 Dual Lens CBRN Facepiece

The new M110 Dual Lens CBRN Facepiece not only protects against standard riot-control agents but also goes the next step by providing protection against chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear agents.

Preparedness

Upping the Ante Through Fusion Center Technology

by Herbert C. Dodson -

A high-level national-security unit created in the aftermath of 9-11 is a major component of the National Criminal Intelligence Sharing program linking federal, state, and local law-enforcement agencies in a coordinated effort to deter future attacks.

Updates

Fire Chiefs Present New Homeland Security Equipment for the National Capital Region

Communications-Applied Technology incident commanders' radio interface improves inter-agency cooperative responses to emergencies.

Updates

Intergraph Provides Situational Awareness Tools for Security & Emergency Response Exercises

Intergraph announced its participation in Vigilant Shield, a U.S. Northern Command (NORTHCOM) exercise that is one is a series of national training exercises focusing on national security and emergency response.

Updates

General Dynamics Participates in the Department of Homeland Security's Winter Storm Demonstration

In support of Winter Storm, General Dynamics provided its ChoiceID managed service solution, developed and delivered in cooperation with Lockheed Martin, for enrollment support and privilege hosting for the FRAC cards.

Updates

Chesterfield County Police Department Selects Attensity's Text Analytics Solution to Fight Crime

Attensity helps the Chesterfield County Police Department in Virginia to discover and share accurate, actionable information from multitudes of documents containing freeform text.

Reports

The World Trade Center (WTC) Medical Monitoring and Treatment Program: A Report From the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

This is the only program that provides free health monitoring and focused treatment for workers and volunteers who took part in the rescue, recovery, cleanup, and restoration activities at the WTC site in New York City.

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Updates

Statement by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Regarding the Reorganization and Preparedness Transition

The Office of Grants and Training, the United States Fire Administration, National Capital Region Coordination, Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness, and the Radiological Emergency Preparedness Program transferred to FEMA effective 1 April 2007.

Reports

First Responders: Much Work Remains to Improve Communications Interoperability, Says Government Accountability Office (GAO)

GAO is making recommendations to DHS, which include: (a) assessing how states' grant requests support statewide communications plans; and (b) modifying its guidance on acquiring interoperable equipment.

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Updates

Coast Guard Meets Safe Port Act Deadline

The International Maritime Organization's long-range identification and tracking system will provide an unclassified system for tracking more than 40,000 ships worldwide by the end of 2008.

Updates

South Carolina Emergency Management Agency Standardizes on AreaRAE Wireless Sensor Networks

The state is now standardizing on AreaRAE compatible equipment to aid in data interoperability and mutual aid response.

Updates

Applied Global Technologies' Emergency Communication Systems Impact State of Florida

The 146th Expeditionary Signal Battalion based in Jacksonville, Fla., recently received several new pieces of communication equipment that will improve interactions between state agencies and local authorities during emergencies.

Updates

Delta's New Barrier Debris Covers Improve Safety & Security

The new debris screens reduce visual and physical access to the intra-barrier area for security and safety purposes. They also will keep explosives, such as hand grenades, from being thrown into the barricade area.

Updates

U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Releases Comprehensive Regulations for Securing High-Risk Chemical Facilities

Federal security regulations for high-risk chemical facilities have now been imposed by DHS. Owners of certain chemical facilities will be required to complete a preliminary screening assessment to determine the level of risk associated with the facility.

Updates

Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the New York City Department of Transportation Announce Pilot to Test Passive Explosives Detection Technology at the Staten Island Ferry

The purpose of the project is to test the ability of new technologies to detect explosives while maintaining efficient passenger operations for high-volume commuter ferries.

Updates

MDI Announces Contract With Wake County Government in North Carolina

MDI, Inc. announced that it has received a purchase order to provide products, engineering services and technical solutions for integrated access control and alarm management at 60 critical locations within the Wake County Government in North Carolina.

Updates

Senator Clinton Honors Public Safety Telecommunicators

Telecommunications professionals are the first line of communication with the public, from a hurricane or terrorist threat to a local 9-1-1emergency, providing our citizens with a soothing voice, a steady hand, and life-saving information.

Updates

U.S. Defense Department Places First Full-Rate Production Order for E-Z-EM's Reactive Skin Decontamination Lotion (RSDL)

RSDL is a patented, broad spectrum skin decontamination product intended to remove or neutralize chemical warfare (CW) agents or T2 toxins from the skin.

Preparedness

Guarding the Great Lakes: Athena and the Northern Maritime Border Initiative

by Christopher Doane and Joseph DiRenzo III -

Most U.S. border-security funding is allocated to protection of the nation's southern border with Mexico, but protection of the U.S. maritime border with Canada is equally important, if not more so, and in many respects a much more daunting challenge.

Healthcare

The Either/Or Dilemma: Hard Choices Ahead in Materials Management

by Joseph Cahill -

Preparing for an emergency is like packing for a long trip: Focus on the essentials first, and always consider the possibility of a worst-case scenario. Unfortunately, some communities and hospitals are making cost reductions their highest priority.

Commentary

Richard Mirgon, Second Vice President, Association of Public-Safety Communications Officals (APCO)

by John Morton -

His views on the enhanced capabilities made possible by the National Joint TERT Initiative and a host of related issues, including FEMA report requirements, the financial aspects of mutual-aid agreements, and the NCR's new wireless broadband network.

Updates

National Joint TERT Initiative (NJTI) Releases Model Recommendations for Telecommunicator Emergency Response Taskforce (TERT) Deployment for Comment

This document is provided to assist Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) and governing 9-1-1 authorities with the information required for developing, training, equipping and deploying a standardized TERT team.

Updates

Sartin Services Announce the Creation of a Mobile Evacuation Bus

The company's goal in developing this vehicle was to give responding rescue and medical personnel the tools they needed "to care for and transport large numbers of patients which we hope will save lives," said Ed Sartin, president of Sartin Services.

Updates

Eastern Kentucky University Offers Programs Addressing all Facets of the First Responder Community

Eastern Kentucky University has been providing quality educational programs for all areas of the first responder community for more than 30 years; the addition of a Bachelor's Degree in Homeland Security is a natural development.

Updates

ICx(tm) Technologies Unveils a New Deterrence Camera with Non-Lethal Incapacitating Capabilities

The Illuminator(tm) combines a low-light CCD camera with a high-power spotlight to detect and immobilize intruders.

Updates

SES AMERICOM Selects iDirect to Support REDiSat Network

Two of the nation's premier satellite providers have partnered to secure network connectivity in the face of disaster. SES Americom has selected iDirect Technologies to provide the satellite broadband hardware for their REDiSat Network.

Updates

Secure Border Initiative (SBInet) Completes Test of First Mobile Sensor Tower

The 98-foot high tower is a key element of the mobile component of the SBInet system. It provides the relocatable version of the platform for SBInet's main sensing capability that will deliver the ability to detect and identify entries into the U.S.

Updates

American Public Health Association Will Urge Americans to Prepare for Health Emergencies During National Public Health Week 2007

The American Public Health Association (APHA) and hundreds of partner organizations will encourage Americans to prepare effectively for public health threats, from bioterrorism and natural disasters to disease outbreaks, during National Public Health Week

Updates

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to Strengthen Delivery of Avian Influenza Commodities Globally

The commodities provided under the USAID | DELIVER PROJECT are designed to contain outbreaks of the highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza and to limit its potential to spread globally.

Updates

APCO Institute Releases New Fire Service Dispatch Guidecards

The Fire Service Dispatch Guidecards provides agencies with guidecards for the triaging and dispatching of fire service related emergency calls, customized to match the needs and resources of the individual agency.