april 2009

Updates

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Monitors H1N1 Flu Outbreak - All Ports Operating Routinely

CBP officers & Border Patrol agents are responding to guidance from health officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. They are monitoring the health of incoming travelers and taking all appropriate precautions.

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Remarks by Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Napolitano's Media Briefing on the H1N1 Flu Outbreak and the U.S. Government's Response

This is the daily briefing to bring everybody up to speed on where things are with respect to the 2009 H1N1 virus.

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American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) and OSHA, Join Forces to Promote Work Safety During Next Week's North American Occupational Safety & Health Week

ASSE and its 32,000 occupational safety, health, and environmental (SH&E) professional members are committed to protecting people, property, and the environment.

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A Message From The United States Acting Assistant Administrator Regarding the H1N1 Flu

The USFA is working with Department of Homeland Security Office of Health Leadership and other Federal partners (FICEMS) to issue an EMS, Medical First Responder and 9-1-1 specific guidance document to the Nation's first responders.

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Press Briefing on Swine Influenza With Department of Homeland Security, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and White House

Secretary Napolitano, John Brennan, and Dr. Richard Besser discuss the government's capacity and capability along with the steps the government is taking to address swine influenza in the United States.

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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Declares Public Health Emergency for Swine Flu

HHS issued a nationwide public health emergency declaration in response to recent human infections with a newly discovered swine influenza A (swine flu) virus.

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Swine Influenza (Flu)

CDC is working very closely with officials in states where human cases of swine influenza A (H1N1) have been identified, as well as with health officials in Mexico, Canada and the World Health Organization.

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RedXDefense Demonstrates XPAK at FPED (Force Protection Equipment Demonstration) VII

The XPAK is used for wide area explosives screening as a means of identifying individuals and facilities engaged in bomb-making activities.

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Evaluation Shows Significant Improvement in Local Hospitalss Disaster Preparedness

U.S. hospitals are significantly better prepared for disasters and public health emergencies now than they were in 2001, but much work remains to be done, according to a University of Pittsburgh Medical Center study.

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U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Napolitano Announces Additional FEMA Funding for Katrina/Rita Public Assistance Projects

The Federal Emergency Management Agency funding will help repair or replace facilities in parishes across Louisiana.

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General Electric (GE) Announces Agreement with SAFRAN to Acquire a Majority Stake in GE Security's Homeland Protection Business

The new entity will feature SAFRAN's industry-leading ID management, plus Homeland Protection's world-class aviation safety, checked baggage screening, military & critical infrastructure protection together with new growth platforms in Chem/Bio, X-ray and Radiation/Nuclear detection.

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Eastern Kentucky University Offers Master of Science in Safety, Security & Emergency Management - Completely Online

The online Master of Science in Safety, Security & Emergency Management is designed to be completed in just two years via part-time study.

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ICx Technologies Announces Change in Top Management

ICx has announced the promotion of Colin Cumming to posts of President and Chief Executive Officer. Cumming was founder and CEO of Nomadics for 11 years prior to its merging with ICx Technologies.

Reports

Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) GRaDER Guidance for Vendors

DNDO is now responsible for coordinating federal efforts to detect and protect against the unauthorized importation, possession, storage, transportation, development, or use of a nuclear explosive device, fissile material, or radiological material in the United States.

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Preparedness

TWIC Program Close to Full Implementation

by Corey Ranslem -

Most U.S. ports are now safer from sabotage and terrorist attacks than ever before in recent years. The safety imperative will soon be upgraded even more when the new Transportation Workers Identification Card regulations become SOP at all of the nation's ports.

Healthcare

Green Building Plus Greater Safety Equals Survival

by Joseph Cahill -

Whether building a house or an entire community, the emphasis on lowering the carbon footprint and/or reducing energy costs could and should be complemented by "off the grid" considerations and a broad spectrum of disaster-resistant features more needed today than ever before.

Resilience

Needed: More Effective Resources for Homeland Security

by Dennis R. Schrader -

Few if any states will reject federal funds earmarked for any purpose or program. But recent analyses suggest that a high percentage of federal-level allocations for local homeland-security plans and programs are not as well targeted as they should be.

Updates

FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) Announces Release of Final Comprehensive Preparedness Guide (CPG) 101

CPG 101 completes the requirements of HSPD-8, Annex I, to develop a "national integrated planning system." Combined with the Integrated Planning System (IPS) guidance provided by the Department of Homeland Security, the vision of a vertically integrated planning system providing for a consistent planning process across all levels of government is realized.

Updates

Pandemic Flu Exercise Proves Worthwhile Drill

The Houston Federal Executive Board sponsored an Interagency Continuity Influenza Pandemic Tabletop Exercise, which served as an opportunity for federal, state, and local emergency coordinators to discuss how their agencies would manage during a pandemic event.

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Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to Host National Conference on Emergency Communications

The theme selected for this year's conference is Effective Communications for a Secure Nation, which centers on advancing the goals of the National Emergency Communications Plan (NECP).

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National Emergency Medical Services Preparedness Initiative's (NEMSPI) Disaster Gaming Zero Hour: America's Medic, Designated as a DHS Training Program

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has given the course the designator AWR-149-W. This designation makes it possible for response organizations to use grant funds to pay for bulk registrations.

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Environics Announces the ChemProTM100 Personal CWA (Chemical Warfare Agent) & TIC (Toxic Industrial Chemical) Detector

The ChemProTM100, a handheld detector for the field detection and classification of CWAs & selected TICs, provides industry-leading sensitivity and false-alarm rejection capabilities in the most user-friendly and low-maintenance package in its class.

Reports

Government Accountability Office (GAO) Report: Better Coordination with DHS and an Updated Accountability Framework Can Further Enhance Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Efforts to Meet Post-9/11 Responsibilities

The DEA has supported U.S. counterterrorism efforts by prioritizing narcoterrorism cases - drug-trafficking cases linked to terrorism - and by implementing other policies and actions, such as collecting terrorism-related intelligence from confidential informants and foreign partners.

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Updates

Harris Corporation to Acquire Tyco Electronics Wireless Systems, Creating a Leading Provider of Wireless Communication Networks in Land Mobile Radio Systems Market

The combination of RF Communications and Wireless Systems creates a powerful supplier in the global land mobile radio systems market and provides complete end-to-end infrastructure solutions, including IP-based voice and data networks, that support multiple platforms and provide interoperability among disparate systems.

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VeriChip Corporation Announces Sales of VeriTrace System to Two New Jersey Counties

The VeriTrace system is designed to assist state and federal agencies in the management of emergency situations and disaster recovery through use of implantable RFID (Radio-Frequency Identification) technology.

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Idaho Technology Issues License to Thermo Fisher Scientific

"Idaho Technology is pleased to extend this license to Thermo Fisher Scientific," said Randy Rasmussen, president of Idaho Technology. "Our SYBR intellectual property has helped expand applications in molecular biology with the use of real time PCR products providing powerful tools for licensed partners."

Updates

Radiation Safety Expert Launches Web Site For Emergency Responders

Radiological emergency safety expert John Darrin has launched a new web site today to provide resources for emergency responders to radiological events such as terrorist attacks and nuclear power plant accidents.

Resilience

Funding & Capabilities: A New Look at DHS Grants

by Timothy Beres -

A new look at how DHS grant funds are being spent should be a major priority of the Obama administration. It will be difficult to find fault with the earlier focus on equipment, but it seems obvious that the previously neglected "planning factor" also deserves greater emphasis.

Preparedness

First-Person Report: Operation 'CAMCO' and How It Grew

by John J. Burke -

A first-person report from a veteran firefighter and incident-management professional tells how the Town of Sandwich, Mass., and local military units joined forces to synergistically enhance their individual and collective disaster-response capabilities.

Updates

Washington State Deploys Crisis Management System to Protect all Public K-12 Schools

The Washington Association of Sheriffs & Police Chiefs (WASPC) announced that the statewide Critical Incident Planning and Mapping System (CIPMS) is now protecting nearly 2,000 public K-12 schools in the State of Washington, and is also protecting 18 of the state's 35 community colleges.

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Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Announces Ready Classroom, Which Teaches Emergency Preparedness Nationwide

Ready Classroom will provide elementary and middle-school teachers with the resources needed to integrate natural-disaster preparedness information into their curricula. The program is an extension of Ready Kids, a nationwide effort designed to encourage children and families to take action and prepare for emergencies.

Updates

RAE Systems Ships Wireless Gas and Radiation Detection Units to Middle East

AreaRAE Rapid Deployment chemical and radiological threat-detection kits provide real-time, life-critical information about toxic, combustible, and radiological threats. When combined with the LifeShirt, incident commanders will know the status of their personnel as well.

Updates

Bruker Daltronics Announces the Addition of Rob Zaremski as Senior Sales Manager for the Safety and Security Markets

Zaremski brings over 15 years experience of integrating safety and security technologies to the Fire, Rescue, EMS, Police, Industrial Safety, and Mine Rescue markets.

Updates

Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and Liberia Partner to Enhance Aviation Security

"TSA's partnership with the Liberian Civil Aviation Authority underscores the commitment of both nations to raise the baseline of aviation security worldwide," said Cindy Farkus, assistant administrator for TSA's Office of Global Strategies.

Updates

Customs & Border Protection (CBP) Announces Plan to Modernize Land Ports of Entry

"CBP, along with our partners at GSA (General Services Administration) will use these funds to enhance technology and modernize infrastructure at land ports of entry to improve our capacity for facilitating growing trade and travel. Our mission requires facilities that meet modern demands," said Acting Commissioner Jayson Ahern.

Healthcare

A Consuming Need: Improved Security in the Food Chain

by Steven Harrison -

Safeguarding the nation's food supply - from the farm to the fork, so to speak - is not only mandatory for health reasons but also, and increasingly, a national-defense/homeland-security requirement as well.

Resilience

Food Safety: A Few Questions for the U.S. Government

by Diana Hopkins -

Most Americans eat too much and too often. Solving that problem is a personal dietary responsibility. Protecting the nation's global food chain, though, is the government's responsibility - one previously neglected, but now receiving close attention from a slim new president.

Updates

MorphoTrak: A Merger of Leading Biometric Companies

MorphoTrak, an U.S. company which will offer world class biometric and identification management products and solutions to federal, state, and local governments along with commercial markets.

Updates

Government Resilience: Continuity of Government, COOP Plans, Can Be Hosted at Secure Military Facility

Federal agencies can now use Sustainable Planner, created by Virtual Corporation, to build and maintain their plans and ensure their protection and availability through a partnership with a classified military data center.

Updates

Avineon Appoints Linda Hall as DOD/DHS Business Development Executive

"Her breadth of experience in the federal IT field will prove beneficial as we continue our work with federal agencies and pursue additional contracts," said Hee Sun Choung, senior vice president of Avineon's Federal Systems Division.

Updates

Transportation Security Administration's Secure Flight System Begins Vetting Passengers

"The implementation of Secure Flight is a critical step towards mitigating threats we know exist in our aviation system," said TSA Acting Administrator Gale Rossides.

Updates

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Napolitano Rolls Out Efficiency Review at Transportation Security Administration Facility

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano selected a TSA facility to unveil the DHS Efficiency Review initiative, a major program designed to improve efficiency and streamline decision-making through a series of agency-wide initiatives.

Updates

DHS Secretary Napolitano Visits Major Port of Entry, Addresses Southwest Border Security Efforts

Secretary Napolitano was joined by Texas Congressman Henry Cuellar at a press conference during which she reiterated the major points of her recent announcements detailing the deployment of additional DHS personnel & high-technology systems to the U.S. southwest border in response to escalated violence in Mexico.

Updates

VidSys and ShotSpotter Partner to Improve Real-Time Situation Management and Response

Combining ShotSpotter's gunshot location technology with VidSys PSIM software enables faster responses for better protection and to save lives.

Reports

Countering Terrorism and Insurgency in the 21st Century: International Perspectives, Volumes 1-3

"What do we know about effectively countering terrorism?"; "What are the characteristics of successful or unsuccessful counterterrorism campaigns?"; "What do we need to learn in order to better handle this threat?" Answers to these questions & more.

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Updates

Truman Public Schools Study Security - Book Schlage Bright Blue

The Schlage bright blue web-enabled access-control system, created for smaller facilities, eliminates the need for special software or a dedicated PC yet allows authorized school administrators to access, monitor & manage the system from any computer.

Healthcare

Hospital Security Planning: Operational & Technological Considerations

by Craig DeAtley -

It may be the best designed hospital in the world, but a handsome façade is of little importance if the medical equipment is second-best and/or the doctors, nurses, & other healthcare personnel are not well organized & trained to be the best they can be.

Updates

Avon Rubber P.L.C. Secures MoD Mask Contract

This contract covers a further three years requirement for the UK military's in-service respirator, the S10, which continues to be the global benchmark, setting the standard for levels of protection and comfort.

Updates

Columbia Southern University Offers Completely Online Degrees in the Field of Criminal Justice, Fire Science, Homeland Security, and More

Columbia Southern University offers completely online criminal justice, business administration, fire science, and occupational safety and health degrees in a flexible learning environment for the individual with a hectic schedule.

Commentary

Double the Trouble: H5N1 Plus Cat 3 Complications

by Ann Marie Brown & Jeffrey Peterson -

A major epidemic to deal with is difficult enough in itself. Toss in a hurricane about to make landfall and the situation becomes impossible. Or it would have been if ServNC, the SMAT IIs, the NCOEMS, CDC, ESAR-VHP, and two FMSS trailers had not been available.