august 2007

Updates

GE Security Works With School Districts Across Nation to Help Create Safer, More Secure Learning Environments

GE Security is collaborating with school districts in Lynn, Mass., and elsewhere around the country, to develop and execute strategic security plans designed to create safer and more secure learning environments.

Reports

Emergency Response Planning in Hospitals, Untied States: 2003-2004, A Centers for Disease Control Report

This study presents baseline data to determine which hospital characteristics are associated with preparedness for terrorism and natural disaster in the areas of emergency response planning and availability of equipment and specialized care units.

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Reports

Implementation of the National Strategy for Pandemic Influenza: A One-Year Summary Of Efforts To Better Protect Our Nation Against The Threat Of Pandemic Flu

On July 7, 2007 The White House Homeland Security Council Issued A One-Year Report On The Administration's Progress In Implementing The National Strategy For Pandemic Influenza. This report is a Fact Sheet from the White House Press Secretary.

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Updates

FEMA, Sandia Announce New Integrated Public Alert and Warning Capability

Next-generation system will help ensure reliable and efficient communications to citizens in the event of hurricanes and other potentially catastrophic events.

Updates

Bruker Daltonics Announces Selection of its Range of Chemical Agent Detectors for Slovenian Armored Vehicles

Bruker has announced that it has been awarded a $3.5 million contract to supply the Slovenian Army with a series of long-range and point chemical detectors for integration into Slovenia's new lightweight reconnaissance vehicles.

Preparedness

Systems and Solutions - The Gateways to Interoperability

by Gary Simpson -

In times of crisis, the communications between neighboring U.S. jurisdictions is still, all too often, a virtual "tower of babble." Advanced technology can solve some of the problems and confusion - but create some costly new problems at the same time.

Preparedness

National Guard Takes Center Stage in HD/DO Op Orders

by Jonathan Dodson -

Despite its heavy commitments in Iraq and Afghanistan, the U.S. National Guard has been quietly but steadily building up its homeland-defense and domestic-operations capabilities as well - at minimum cost to U.S. taxpayers.

Reports

Radicalization in the West: The Homegrown Threat - A Report By NYPD (New York Police Department) Intelligence Division

Intention becomes a factor in the formation of a terrorist cell. Therefore, this study is an attempt, based on real-world case studies, to look at how that intention forms, hardens, and leads to an attack or attempted attack.

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Updates

Avon Protection Systems Inc. Celebrates Launch of C50 Mask with Contest

Bluffton, Indiana, police department wins cutting-edge gas masks/filters for the departments entire team.

Reports

Government Accountability Office; Observations on DHS (Department of Homeland Security) and FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) Efforts to Prepare for and Respond to Major and Catastrophic Disasters and Address Related Recommendations and Legislati

GAO recommends: (1) evaluating the development and implementation of the National Preparedness System; (2) assessing state and local capabilities; (3) examining regional and multi-state planning and preparation; and more.

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Updates

Delta Scientific's New Crash-Resistant Fixed Bollard Modules Protect Facilities from Terrorist and Errant Vehicles

Delta's new DSC 600 Shallow Foundation Bollards protect buildings and other presently unprotected locations where vehicle bombers and errant drivers have no obstacles to stop them.

Updates

Remarks by Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff at the Quarterly Meeting of the Advisory Committee on Commercial Operations for U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Homeland Security Secretary Chertoff comments on how the Container Security Initiative will expand to 58 ports by October 1, and will handle more than 85 percent of the trade coming into the United States.

Updates

Dr. G. Kemble Bennett, Vice Chancellor of Engineering for the Texas A and M University System, Nominated to Serve on the Federal Emergency Management Agency's National Advisory Council

In this capacity, Bennett and other council members will help ensure effective and ongoing coordination of the federal preparedness, protection, response, recovery, and mitigation plans for natural disasters, acts of terrorism, & other man-made disasters.

Updates

Consolidation of the NIOSH (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health) 800 number with CDC-INFO (Centers for Disease Control)

This call center will provide available representatives 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to answer inquiries.

Updates

FEMA's Incident Management Systems Division Releases Updated Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Job Titles

The criteria for these new job titles are intended to complement and support the existing credentialing systems.

Updates

Leica Geosystems Introduces the Leica GMX902 GG - a Dedicated, High-Precision, Dual-Frequency GPS-GLONASS Receiver for Specialty Monitoring Applications

The Leica GMX902 GG is a high-performance GPS+GLONASS receiver, specially developed to monitor sensitive structures such as bridges, mines, or high-rise buildings and crucial topographies such as land slides or volcanoes.

Updates

SPOT Inc. Announces SPOT - The World's First Satellite Messenger

Revolutionary emergency messenger and personal tracker allows users to summon help from virtually anywhere on the planet.

Updates

Rapiscan Systems Awarded TSA Contract for Passenger Imaging Systems

Under the terms of the agreement, the Rapiscan Systems Secure 1000 Body Scanner will be deployed at a number of airport pilot locations.

Preparedness

Chlorine Tactics in Iraq; the Challenge to America

by Joseph Steger -

Improvised explosive devices are harmful to children and other living things. Carried in a truck or other vehicle they become mobile bombs - which, combined with toxic chemicals, can kill not only the bodies but also the minds of an entire population.

Commentary

The Doctors Plot - Its Implications for America

by David Wright -

Security experts dismiss the attempt by Islamic doctors to blow up a London nightclub as an "amateurish" operation. But that misses the real point, which is that physicians - people who know how to make biological weapons - are now on the terrorist team.

Commentary

Judith Miller, Author & Journalist

by John Morton -

The Pulitzer Prize winner's knowledgeable appraisal of how two of the nation's largest metropolitan police departments - in New York City and Los Angeles - are coping with the unique and steadily growing threats posed by international terrorism.

Updates

Acro to Supply 300 Peroxide Explosive Testers (ACRO-P.E.T.) to US Army

ACRO-P.E.T. has been designed for the rapid on-site detection, by direct contact with suspicious substances and through the use of three chemical solutions, of peroxide-based explosives.

Reports

Enhancing Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) Collaborative and Administrative Capacity Should Improve National Disaster Response - a Report from the Government Accountability Office

"GAO makes recommendations to the Secretaries of DHS and DOD to further enhance the administrative capacity required to support the EMAC network and to develop guidance and ... formalize certain procedures to alleviate burdens experienced by EMAC members.

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Updates

Bruker Daltonics New Wireless Monitoring System for Portable Instruments

New wireless monitoring system is designed to meet the needs of extreme or hostile environments and to view real-time instrument data anywhere.

Reports

Centers for Disease Control Reports: Community Measures Prevent Deaths During Pandemic, New Study Finds

Voluntary isolation and quarantine, the dismissal of students from school classrooms, and social distancing in the workplace and community are among the CDC guidelines on how American communities can protect themselves from an influenza pandemic.

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Updates

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Announces Predeparture Screening of International Passengers and First Step Toward Secure Flight

The Department has published two new regulations to strengthen aviation security through uniform and consistent passenger prescreening.

Updates

Department of Homeland Security to Improve Border Security, Immigration within Existing Law

This Fact Sheet provides steps the Administration can take within the boundaries of existing law to secure the nation's borders more effectively, improve the current U.S. immigration system, and more.

Updates

Transportation Security Agency (TSA) Announces Testing of New Passenger Imaging Technologies at Security Checkpoints

The images created by the two technologies show concealed items, including weapons, explosives, and other metallic and non-metallic threat items.

Updates

GE Security Delivers First Handheld, Simultaneous Dual-Mode Explosives and Narcotics Trace Detector

GE Security has announced the launch of MobileTrace, a user-friendly trace-detection instrument that makes possible, for the first time, the simultaneous detection of explosives and narcotics through use of a handheld device.

Updates

Delta Creates Special State Seal Art for Tops of California Capital Bollards

Not only do they protect State Capitol employees, visitors and tourists from the threat of truck bombers but they absolutely add to the beauty of the State Capitol grounds.

Preparedness

How to Expand the EMS Talent Pool

by Glen Rudner -

Emergency medical services units are of life-or-death importance at the scene of large-scale incidents producing numerous casualties. But those units are overcommitted and frequently understaffed. Here is how local fire departments can help close the gap.

Preparedness

Area Maritime Security Committess - A Unified Effort for Securing U.S. Ports

by Christopher Doane and Joseph DiRenzo III -

The Coast Guard's Captains of the Port have the primary responsibility for developing effective port-security plans for their jurisdictions, but it has to be an all-hands effort or there will be, in nautical terms, a bitter end.

Updates

Sentry Hospitality Selects the MDI WorkSafe Initiative to Secure Executive Conference Centers, Resorts, Entertainment Venues and Hotel Properties

Each engagement will begin with a WorkSafe comprehensive site survey and risk assessment, after which, decisions on the MDI security solutions to be implemented will be made based on levels-of-risk at the site and any adjoining properties.

Reports

Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Releases its Updated Influenza Pandemic Operation Plan (OPLAN)

The CDC released their internal OPLAN document to the public so others may have a better understanding of the CDC's purpose and process.

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Reports

Government Accountability Office (GAO) Aviation Security: Federal Coordination for Responding to In-flight Security Threats has Matured, but Procedures can be Strengthened

GAO recommends that agencies develop mechanisms and procedures to ensure "effective and efficient coordination," even when key individuals are absent, so others will know how to respond.

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Updates

Fact Sheet: The Protect America Act of 2007

President George W. Bush signs legislation to modernize The Foreign Surveillance Act to better protect Americans.

Updates

Fact Sheet: Combating Terrorism Worldwide

A White House fact sheet on what the United States and its partners are doing to fight Al Qaeda and other terrorists.

Updates

California Fire & Law Enforcement Deploys Lecia Geosystems' New Leica ScanStation 2

Developed for versatility and productivity, the Leica ScanStation 2 provides investigators with a powerful tool for fire scene reconstruction by enabling the rapid collection of millions of high accuracy measurements at the scene.

Updates

Avon Protection Systems, Inc. Sponsors Inaugural Competition and Winning Dallas Team

"It was great to see our masks utilized in the demanding, stressful environment that some competitors said was second only to the real tactical operations. We design our products with the end user in mind," said Bruce Schorer, AVON Protection Systems, Inc

Updates

EFJ, Inc.'s EFJohnson Subsidiary Introduces ES Series of Project 25 Compliant Subscriber Radios

The new ES Series provides public safety users with a Project 25 radio that is feature rich, rugged, and reliable.

Updates

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Air and Marine Acquires Helicopters for Border Security Mission

The acquisition of these state-of-the-art, multiengine helicopters will enhance CBP Air and Marine (A&M) capabilities to safely and reliably conduct crucial border security missions in selected areas of border operations.

Updates

Software Defined Radio (SDR) May Play Key Role in Emerging Broadband Wireless Access Market, Says New Study

Industry stakeholders are embracing SDR (software defined radio) concepts and technologies as a hot trend develops for including multiple radios in a single device.

Healthcare

Sheltering Against the Ultimate - A Nuclear Detonation in a U.S. City

by Kirk Paradise -

The good news is that the fallout shelters built during the Cold War never had to be used. The bad news is that they might have to be resurrected, refurbished and reconditioned, and made available as "just in case" protection facilities.

Preparedness

Changing the Rules: First-Responder Data Communications Tools Make an Impact

by Rodrigo Moscoso -

During the past three decades the introduction of a broad and varied spectrum of mobile data-access systems has revolutionized the communications capabilities of law-enforcement agencies at all levels of government.

Healthcare

Hospital Evacuations: Planning, Exercises, and Common Sense

by Joseph Cahill -

"Full-scale" exercises sound like, and are, the ideal - but only in certain almost-perfect circumstances, and not without a firm foundation of individual and team training exercises to build on.