august 2008

Reports

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Tell First Responders: Protect Your Employees with an Exposure Control Plan

First responders are easily exposed to blood and other potentially infectious bodily fluids which put them at risk for contracting blood-borne pathogen infections. This guide will help protect responders with a written control plan.

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Updates

Advanced Respiratory Protection Training Seminar in Montreal Sponsored by ISRP (International Society for Respiratory Protection) - Americas Section

The Americas Section of the ISRP is hosting a 6 October training seminar in Montreal, "Respiratory Protection Issues in Emergency Response and Healthcare," on the most current areas of interest in respiratory protection.

Resilience

Standards for Sharing Intelligence and Information

by Diana Hopkins -

It has taken years to remedy the intelligence-sharing deficiencies reported by the 9-11 Commission, but Congress and the President have worked hard to overcome the ignorance and apathy that once were the norm but are now the exception.

Updates

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Agencies Protect U.S. Political Conventions

DHS agencies work with local authorities at all times to meet their common goal of homeland security, but even more so before and during the Democratic & Republican National Conventions.

Healthcare

New Radiological Tool Kits Available from CDC

by Judith Kanne -

A major upgrading of state and local abilities to respond to radiological emergencies is now possible, thanks to CDC's development and production of two new on-the-scene tool kits.

Updates

Hobson Industries Develops Skirt Protection Kit in Record Time

The solution had to allow the vehicle to carry out normal duties with a sealed area below the chassis. A development team working around the clock produced the first prototype in three days.

Updates

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Announces That Public Health Emergency Law and Forensic Epidemiology Training Courses Are Now Available

These self-contained training packages were developed by CDC for use by instructors in any U.S. jurisdiction who provide public health preparedness training to front-line practitioners.

Updates

Virginia Tech Implements New Multi-Media Emergency Notification System From Inova Solutions

"OnAlert is a simple, secure way for authorized school officials to issue emergency alerts," said Gerry Gorman, vice president of Inova Solutions. "The wall-mounted LED displays are visible from over 100 feet, inexpensive to install, and easy to operate."

Updates

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI): Protecting America - National Joint Terrorism Task Force Wages War on Terror

The National Joint Terrorism Task Force (NJTTF) promotes information sharing, provides analysis and guidance, and supplies resources to task force members in their fight to protect U.S. citizens from terrorism.

Reports

Government Accountability Office (GAO) Review of the Transportation Security Administration's Air Cargo Screening Exemptions Report

TSA's report addresses the five key areas required by section 1602(b) of the Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007 and its methodology was consistent with TSA's mission for the air cargo program.

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Updates

'America Is Safer When Our Schools Are Safer': U.S. Schools Receive Life-Saving NOAA Public Alert Radios

The NOAA radios sound an alarm, even when other means of communication are disabled, to alert school personnel about hazardous weather and other emergencies.

Reports

Government Accountability Office (GAO) Defense Critical Infrastructure: Adherence to Guidance Would Improve DOD's Approach to Identifying and Assuring the Availability of Critical Transportation Assets

GAO recommends that the U.S. Transportation Command implement established criteria to identify critical transportation assets, and discontinue use of vulnerability assessments as the primary tool for identifying its critical assets.

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Updates

Avineon Wins SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research) Phase II Contract from the Department of Defense

Under the contract, Avineon will continue transforming the Naval Sea Systems Command's existing Afloat Master Planning System (AMPS) into a Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) designed to support the Navy's Strike Force Interoperability (SFI) initiative.

Reports

U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) Releases Report on Fire Department Preparedness for Extreme Weather Emergencies and Natural Disasters

This report examines the impact of extreme weather and natural disasters on the fire service and the types of service calls most likely to arise as a result of these disasters.

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Preparedness

Local Emergency Management: The CFATS Challenge

by Joseph Trindal -

The development and promulgation of stringent Chemical-Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards represented a major step forward in U.S. preparedness planning. Adherence to those standards is the next step, and will be a long, steep, and costly process.

Healthcare

Hospital Decontamination: Many Questions, But Few Answers

by Theodore Tully -

From "two-lane" decon lanes to high-tech detection equipment and personal protective gear, most U.S. hospitals are behind the curve in preparing to deal with mass-casualty decontamination incidents. What can be done about it?

Updates

Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Implements Enhanced Whistleblower Protections for Officers

"The additional protection now afforded to our frontline officers enhances their ability to protect the traveling public," said TSA Deputy Administrator Gale Rossides.

Updates

Scott Health Is Visibly Changing the Fire Service with the Introduction of Its Latest Thermal Imaging Camera - The Scott Eagle Imager(TM) 320

The Eagle Imager 320 - a rugged, technologically advanced, feature-rich, thermal imaging camera is ideal for firefighter search & rescue applications & as an infrared detector for a variety of law-enforcement, security, hazmat, & industrial applications.

Updates

MSA's FireHawk M7 Responder SCBA Converts to APR (Air-Purifying Respirator) for Extended Use

The FireHawk M7 can quickly be transformed into a CBRN air-purifying respirator (APR) or a CBRN powered air-purifying respirator (PAPR) - and the system meets/exceeds the latest requirements of NFPA and NIOSH standards.

Updates

RAE Systems' Wireless Chemical/Radiation Sensor Systems Wins Expanded Deployment with U.S. National Guard in a Contract Valued at More Than $3 Million

The AreaRAE Wireless RDK (Rapid Deployment Kit) is designed to be quickly configured and deployed in any response scenario, and can integrate with a wide range of detection equipment.

Updates

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Announces Interim Release of Comprehensive Preparedness Guide 301 for Special Needs Populations

This guide is a tool that state, territorial, tribal, and local emergency managers can use in the development of emergency operations plans for persons with special needs.

Updates

TruePosition Now Locates More Than Five Million Wireless 911 Calls per Month

The TruePosition emergency call-location solution, which uses a sophisticated technology called Uplink Time Difference of Arrival (U-TDOA), is deployed nationwide in the AT&T & T-Mobile networks, as well as in several Tier II & Tier III geographies.

Updates

Third Annual ISCe Satellite Investment Symposium (ISIS NYC, 08) to Provide Unique Insight Into the $106 Billion Satellite Communications Market

The targeted session topics and keynote speakers will provide key players with insight into the direction the satellite and greater telecom industries will be taking over the next year and beyond.

Updates

Clinical Laboratory Safety - 101 Series Teleconferences, Sponsored by The Association of Public Health Laboratories, Safety Lady LLC, and the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science

This basic-to-intermediate-level program is appropriate for safety officers, pathologists, residents, students, and laboratory scientists working in clinical, public health, and academic settings.

Updates

Plustek to Announce Security Network Video Recorder at ASIS 2008

Plustek NVR 4000, a Network Video Recorder that provides motion-JPEG recording that connects directly to a network and is managed through a LAN or the Internet.

Updates

U.S. Fire Administration Announces That New Incident Command System Simulation Courses Are Now Available Online

The ICS Simulation courses are designed to provide challenges to the newly appointed inexperienced fire officer as well as the experienced senior fire officer.

Healthcare

Dead Reckoning: EMS, Death, and Resource Management

by James Mason -

The assumption that an accident victim who is not breathing is dead can be a fatal mistake - for the victim. Which is just one of many reasons why so many laws governing the handling of apparent deaths have been enacted by every state in the union.

Updates

Eastern Kentucky University College of Justice and Safety Offers a Master of Science in Safety, Security, and Emergency Management - Completely Online

Learn from nationally recognized faculty in a flexible online program that can be completed in two years.

Updates

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Approves 2008-2009 Flu Vaccines

The FDA has approved this year's seasonal influenza vaccines, which include new strains of the virus likely to cause flu in the United States during the 2008-2009 season.

Updates

Sagem Morpho and BIO-key Announce Biometric Partnership Agreement

Technical and scientific teams from both companies are working closely to optimize the fusion of core technology in a unique way that will result in greater performance benefits and value for clients.

Commentary

Battlefield Forensics: Rebirth of an Ancient Science

by Neil C. Livingstone -

Historians see yesterday's battlefields as primary sources for their next scholarly tomes. The modern military sees today's battlefield as an unsifted mountain of intelligence information and, possibly, as evidence in future courtroom proceedings.

Preparedness

Radiation Detection: Dosimeters Plus Common Sense

by Glen Rudner -

"Thermoluminescent" - that is the futuristic-sounding name, and operational characteristic, of the high-tech radiation dosimeters coming into play to prevent first responders from becoming secondary victims of radiation incidents.

Updates

U.S. Coast Guard Commissions New National Security Cutter

The first two National Security Cutters, Bertholf and Waesche, will improve operational readiness and help the Coast Guard fulfill its multi-mission roles more effectively.

Updates

DRS Technologies Receives $116 Million Contract to Provide Infrared Sighting Systems for U.S. Army Tanks and Other Combat Vehicles

DRS will provide Horizontal Technology Integration Second Generation Forward Looking Infrared (HTI SGF) sighting systems & components for use aboard U.S. Army combat & tactical wheeled vehicles, providing critical common night-vision technology.

Updates

UMUC (University of Maryland University College) Named Fourth Largest Provider of Higher Education to Veterans and Service Members Who Use GI Bill Opportunities

"We are excited to be recognized as one of the largest providers of higher education to our nation's service members and veterans," said UMUC President Susan C. Aldridge.

Updates

State of Louisiana Awards State-Wide Contract to Simulation Education Services, Inc. (SES) to Conduct Training and Exercises to Test Hospital Response Plans to Pandemic Influenza

The contract requires a series of on-site training sessions and webinars to prepare hospital personnel for specific pandemic strategies, followed by a Desktop(TM) Exercise (a unique SES product) that will be conducted in all nine regions of the state.

Updates

University of Texas-Dallas Books Schlage Access Control

Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies will replace the current access-control system by installing a new system that includes the Software House access-management system in the new student housing building.

Updates

Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Ready for 'CheckPoint Friendly' Laptop Bags

Beginning 16 August, the TSA will allow passengers to leave their laptop computers in new bags that meet "checkpoint friendly" standards.

Updates

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Opens 5th Northern Border Air and Marine Branch

U.S. Customs and Border Protection has officially opened the Great Lakes Air and Marine Branch at the Selfridge Air National Guard Base near Detroit to enhance CB northern border security operations.

Updates

MDI Inc.'s LearnSafe Initiative Selected by Dallas County Schools for Implementation of Phase I of Its State-of-the-Art Unified Safety and Security Program

The installation will include such LearnSafe state-of-the-art security technology as infrared detectors, biometric fingerprint readers, integrated time and attendance systems, networked IP, and wireless video surveillance.

Preparedness

First Responder Credentialing: Still a Secondary Priority

by Rodrigo Moscoso -

State & local agencies set the pace in development of FRAC ID cards to meet HSPD-12 requirements, but incident commanders need additional assistance - and, while waiting, should be advised to keep track of the number of fire trucks at the disaster scene.

Reports

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

CPG 101 - "Producing Emergency Plans: A Guide for All-Hazard Operations Planning for State, Territorial, Local, and Tribal Governments" - continues the effort to provide communities with guidance for emergency operations planning.

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Updates

Innovative Biosensors Inc. Expands Scientific Advisory Board

Dr. Barry Kreiswirth and Dr. Gary Procop are leaders in the field of infectious disease diagnostics and bring essential experience to the Board, which will be critical to product development efforts in the clinical area.

Updates

GenVec Receives Continued Funding From the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for Vaccine Program

GenVec announced that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has executed the second option period under a three-year agreement with GenVec to support the development of vaccines for the prevention of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD).

Reports

GAO (Government Accountability Office): Combating Terrorism - Actions Needed to Enhance Implementation of Trans-Sahara Counterterrorism Partnership (TSCTP)

In this report, GAO examines: (1) the distribution of funds for TSCTP and the types of activities supported; and (2) the program's implementation, including the extent to which it is guided by a comprehensive, integrated strategy.

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Updates

GE Security Canada Announces Availability of Standards-Compliant IP-Based Fire Alarm Monitoring Receiver/Transmitter

GE Security announced the immediate availability of a ULC-listed, IP-based fire alarm receiver/transmitter to meet the new Canadian CAN/ULC-S559-04 fire alarm monitoring standard.

Reports

The U.S. Fire Administration Releases New Report: The After Action Critique - Training Through Lessons Learned

This report is designed to assist all fire service members to be able to gather critical preparedness, response, and recovery information from all emergencies; document the lessons learned; and assist with the continuous evolution of firefighter training.

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Updates

U.S. Park Police Uses XPAK for Explosives Screening During National Mall Independence Day Celebration

Over 500 personal belongings such as purses, duffle bags, coolers, and backpacks were screened over nine hours of continuous screening operations, and the XPAK operated without failure and without false alarms.

Updates

Department of Homeland Security (DHS)Releases National Emergency Communications Plan

DHS released the National Emergency Communications Plan (NECP) to address gaps and determine solutions so that emergency response personnel at all levels of government and across all disciplines can communicate as needed, on demand, and as authorized.

Updates

The U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Homeland Security (DHS) Announce Guidance on Pandemic Vaccination Allocation

The guidance provides a planning framework to help state, tribal, local, and community leaders ensure that vaccine allocation and use will reduce the impact of a pandemic on public health and minimize disruption to society and the economy.

Updates

FLIR Systems Announces Delivery Orders for $30 Million From the U.S. Army

FLIR is awarded an order totaling $30 million from the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command for its Star SAFIRE(R) III stabilized multi-sensor systems.