august 2009

Updates

Smiths Medical Kits Help First Responders Become Better Prepared

Smiths Medical products are designed for ease of use, with minimal training, and are suitable for contaminated environments. All products are available for individual purchase, as part of pre-designed kits or the individuals own custom-designed kit.

Updates

Smart Management Results in More Than $240 Million in Recovery Act Funding for Enhanced Security at U.S. Airports

DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano has announced that more than $240 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds was made available for new in-line baggage handling systems at 10 additional airports across the country.

Updates

Alexeter Adds BioDetect Orthopox Rapid Test

The BioDetect Orthopox test identifies select viruses in the Orthopox family, of which Variola major (the causative agent for smallpox) is of greatest concern.

Updates

DHS Secretary Napolitano, FEMA Administrator Fugate Swear in Kelvin Cochran as Fire Administrator 

Cochran has twenty-eight years of experience in the fire service including fire fighting, emergency medical services, hazardous materials, public education, personnel management, and administration, with a specialization in training and strategic planning.

Updates

Bruker Hires Samuel Menasha as Project Manager for U.S. Navy's Improved Point Detection System Replacement Program

Samuel D. Menasha will manage the Improved Point Detector System (IPDS) Replacement Program for the U.S. Navy and other selected complex contracts within Bruker Detection.

Updates

Personal Preparedness in America: Findings From the August 2009 Citizen Corps National Survey

The FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) Citizen Corps surveys provide comprehensive data on the public's thoughts, perceptions, and behaviors about preparedness and community safety involving numerous types of hazards.

Healthcare

EMS: Increased Emphasis on the Medical Aspect

by Joseph Cahill -

The still ongoing professionalization of the EMS field has been a gradual but hugely successful undertaking that has resulted not only in the saving of many, many lives but also has made those lives richer, less painful, and longer-lasting.

Commentary

Discovery Channel TV Series: The Colony - Week Six

by Adam Montella -

The ten volunteers continue their quest for survival - but are suddenly rocked by the unexpected, and unexplained, disappearance of one of their members. The "real" loss of this one person is in some ways emotionally more distressing than the cataclysmic loss of the entire nation in which they had lived during their previous lives.

Preparedness

Responding to Incidents in a Neighboring Port

by Corey Ranslem -

The U.S. port system is huge, complex, and immensely important to the nation's economy and to homeland security. The 24/7 protection of that system is an extremely difficult task and usually involves a host of different organizations and agencies working in close cooperation with one another.

Updates

Maryland Department of Health Selects Upp Technology's IRMS/EM (Emergency Management) Solution for H1N1 Distribution

Upp will provide a centralized inventory-management solution to manage the State of Maryland's healthcare inventory across all 24 of the state's local health departments and their associated Points of Dispensing.

Preparedness

Fusion Centers & Public Health Agencies: Unlikely or Natural Partners?

by Adam Bulava -

What once seemed an unlikely alliance - a nationwide working partnership between federal agencies and state/local law-enforcement and public-health agencies - is not only working well but also providing synergistically improved results.

Updates

USFA Releases Technical Report on Fire Departments and Maritime Interface Area Preparedness

The report, released by the United States Fire Administration (USFA), addresses fire-department preparedness to cope with incidents in maritime areas & the importance of establishing a multiagency response capability that includes law enforcement, the U.S. Coast Guard, port authorities, the private sector, emergency medical services, and emergency-management agencies.

Updates

Global Elite Group Announces Partnership With DigitalMailer Inc.

Exigent911 enables the Global Elite Group to transmit urgent messages to its team of emergency responders in a matter of minutes and gather their availability and travel plans.

Updates

Sandia and DHS to Demonstrate Cargo Security Technologies

Sandia National Laboratories & the Borders and Maritime Division of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Science & Technology Directorate plan to demonstrate several technologies for securing in-transit cargo at the Defense Threat Reduction Agency's Technical Evaluation Assessment & Monitor Site (TEAMS) at Kirtland Air Force Base on August 28th.

Updates

DHS Systems Awarded $1.2 Million Contract by Brazilian Secretary of State for Health and Civil Defense

DHS Systems LLC and Brazilian medical supply distributor Oscar Iskin will provide two mobile field hospitals for use during large-scale emergencies. The mobile hospitals, each made up of a Deployable Rapid Assembly Shelter (DRASH) Trailer-Mounted Support System (TMSS) Large and two TMSS Medium Systems, will provide more than 2,000 square feet of operational space.

Updates

DHS Secretary Napolitano & Senior Staff Receive Red Cross Emergency Preparedness and Response Training

"Emergency preparedness requires both large-scale planning and personal readiness," said Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano. "Learning these critical skills is fundamental to our preparedness efforts and the safety and security of all Americans when disasters strike."

Updates

Federal Guidelines Encourage Employers to Plan Now for Upcoming Influenza Season

The guidance, released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is designed to help employers prepare now for the impact of seasonal and 2009 H1N1 influenza could have this fall and winter on their employers and operations.

Updates

VeriChip Corporation Re-Launches Its VeriMed Health Link Electronic Health Records System

The VeriMed Health Link is a patient identification system that incorporates the implantable RFID (radio frequency identification) microchip (the VeriChip), a handheld scanner for emergency-room personnel and an online, electronic, personal health record.

Updates

Skedco's Field Expedient Bleeding Simulation System (FEBSS) Now Being Manufactured

The FEBSS is a "bleeding" simulator that is remotely activated at the point of wounding, giving caregivers the opportunity to experience all phases of Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TC3), and provides a versatile and inexpensive way to train caregivers for emergency situations.

Updates

Business Continuity Communications Solution: Foundation for Pandemic Planning, Workforce Flexibility, Distributed Enterprises & Disaster Recovery

Enterprise Voice Solutions announces its value-added reseller (VAR) agreement with Sipera Systems to provide leading innovative products and services to key markets in the areas of VoIP (voice over internet protocol) and unified communications security.

Updates

Everbridge & NC4 Announce Strategic Partnership

The combination of NC4's External Situational Awareness (ESA) incident- monitoring service with Everbridge's powerful mass-notification solution, Everbridge Aware, provides organizations with the tools to rapidly and reliably communicate critical information enterprise-wide.

Updates

Unique Combination of Technologies Bridges Critical Safety Gap

The REBUS Inhibition Blanket is a unique new product from Kirintec Limited, combining a V50-rated blast-suppression blanket with a low-powered RF inhibitor (or "jammer") to prevent the remote initiation of an RCIED (remotely controlled improvised explosive device).

Updates

The Chameleon Rapid Detection Kit: Detecting the Invisible

Morphix Technologies has developed the Chameleon - a hands-free chemical detection kit that offers military users, law-enforcement personnel, and first responders a low-cost, easy-to-use, reliable, direct-reading solution to detect up to ten different hazards at one time.

Commentary

National Recovery Doctrine: The Next Preparedness Frontier

by Dennis R. Schrader -

Recovery operations cannot begin until the first responders have finished their work. But recovery plans can and should be in place well before disaster strikes. To date, though, there has been very little movement on the promulgation of a detailed Recovery Doctrine.

Updates

DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano Announces Global Entry Expansion to 13 Additional Airports

The Global Entry initiative - a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) pilot program that streamlines the screening process at airports for trusted travelers through biometric identification - is being extended to 13 additional airports throughout the United States.

Updates

Reactive Skin Decontamination Lotion (RSDL) Product Offers Protection From Chemical Warfare Agents & T2 Toxin

RSDL is a broad-spectrum liquid CW agent decontaminant that removes and neutralizes CW agents and T2 toxin from skin within two minutes. Unlike water or powder-based technologies, which can smear or spread the CW agent, RSDL decontaminates or removes the contaminant from the skin.

Updates

Response Biomedical Now Offers The RAMP System for Biodetection Testing

The RAMP System is designed to provide first responders, military personnel, and public-safety workers with rapid, on-site, reliable diagnostic information for biological testing. Tests are available for anthrax, ricin, botulinum, and pox.

Updates

GE Security Begins Delivery of MobileTrace Handheld Units to the U.S. Army to Fulfill Contract Worth Up to $13.5 Million

MobileTrace incorporates GE's patented ITMS (Ion Trap Mobility Spectrometry), or trace technology, into a highly portable device. ITMS explosives and narcotics detection sensitivity and reliability has already been proven in other GE Security trace-based products at military bases, border crossings, airports, and other critical security checkpoints around the world.

Commentary

Discovery Channel TV Series: The Colony - Week Five

by Adam Montella -

The volunteers learn that hard work, good intentions, and ingenious solutions will not ensure their survival. What also is needed is elected or appointed leadership. And maybe a few common-sense laws applicable to all hands.

Preparedness

Qualifications, Credentials, and a Need for Speed

by Glen Rudner -

Progress in the development of a national credentialing system has ranged from slow to slower. Which is no longer good enough for government work, particularly in the new Age of Terrorism when the nation's enemies strike suddenly, at random, and without remorse.

Updates

Remarks by DHS Secretary Napolitano at the Border Security Conference

DHS Secretary Napolitano comments on the partnership between the United States and Mexico to work together to control and protect the U.S. southwest border from the drug cartels and illegal immigrants.

Updates

Technology Imaging Specialists E2V Introduce New Rugged Handheld Thermal Camera for Law Enforcement Officers

The Argus SC is the latest generation of the highly successful handheld Argus thermal-imaging cameras. It has been specifically designed to help police and security personnel detect the heat signatures of people and inanimate objects.

Updates

Panasonic Upgrades Its Rugged Toughbook 19 & 30 Mobile Laptops Delivering Improved Performance and Viewability in All Environments

"For many of our users, the ability to work effectively in all conditions, from pitch darkness to direct sunlight, is critical," said Kyp Walls, director of product management, Panasonic Computer Solutions Company. "Panasonic has always created rugged mobile devices that offer exceptional viewability in all environments. The more useable our Toughbook notebooks are, the more productive our customers can be."

Updates

InterAct Public Safety Systems Acquires Law Enforcement Division of BIO-key International

"As a result of this acquisition, we have the unique opportunity to deliver the most advanced mobile law-enforcement solution to ever hit the market, and to introduce a new population of customers to the advantages inherent in the InterAct Connections Framework," said InterAct Public Safety Systems Executive Chairman & CEO Andrew J. Filipowski.

Updates

DHS, DOJ & Mexico Announce Initiative to Bolster Investigative Cooperation

"Enforcing our laws at the border requires close collaboration with our international and domestic allies to ensure our mutual security," said DHS Secretary Napolitano. "This arrangement underlines our continued commitment to working with Mexico to stop violence and deter criminal activity that threatens safety on both sides of the border."

Updates

FEMA Encourages Personal Preparedness as Storm Activity Increases

"The development of the season's first Atlantic hurricane is a reminder that every family needs to take steps now to prepare," said FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) Administrator Craig Fugate. "FEMA and our local responders can't do it alone. Emergency response is a team effort, & the most important member of the national emergency-response team is the public."

Updates

Fusion Preparedness Prepared Response - Proven Support

The PR Suite from Fusion Preparedness is available to support your mission for a prepared response. Fit Test PR can support your needs for both your annual fit-testing requirements per OSHA 1910.134 and Just In Time Emergency Fit Testing during a pandemic response.

Updates

Logos Inc. Introduces Unique Product for Hazardous Material Spill Control and Containment

"FlowStop is a powerful, environmentally friendly system that is economically sound," says Perry Beatty, president of Logos Inc.; "Its ease of operation speeds the entire process, controlling contaminated fluids more rapidly & more effectively than anything else available. It's a valuable asset to any hazmat or emergency operations team."

Updates

Perceptics Launches Mobile Under Vehicle Inspection System

"The Perceptics UVIS (Under Vehicle Inspection System) mobile unit is ideal for facility access control, secondary or overflow inspection lanes, or where installation of an in-ground UVIS system is not feasible," said Perceptics President John Dalton.

Updates

Advantage 400 Series Half-Mask Respirator Offers Exceptional Comfort and Breakthrough Design

MSA's innovative Advantage 420 Respirator allows users to quickly adjust the mask to meet individual needs.

Updates

Updated Federal Guidelines to Fight 2009 H1N1 Influenza Offer Many Options to Schools

The school guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is part of a broader national framework to respond to the H1N1 influenza that encourages citizens to be vaccinated against the virus and to take other actions to avoid infection. The CDC anticipates more illness after the school year starts, because flu viruses typically are transmitted more easily in the fall and winter.

Preparedness

Managing the SNS Stockpile: A Case Study

The Strategic National Stockpile (of vaccines, pharmaceuticals, and other medical supplies) is one of the most important "tools" available to fight a pandemic. This case study tells how two states worked with Upp Technology Inc. to sharpen that tool and make it exponentially more effective.

Commentary

Discovery Channel TV Series: The Colony - Week Four

by Adam Montella -

The volunteers continue their efforts to build a new and better world from the destruction all around them. But they also must take time to protect themselves from attack by other survivors not as well intentioned.

Resilience

The Development of National Standards for Credentialing

by Diana Hopkins -

Who goes there? And what are his/her skills, professional qualifications, and other capabilities? The only sure way to answer these and other questions posed in times of crisis is through a national credentialing system that takes into account a long list of practical requirements and possible pitfalls.

Updates

Smiths Detection Launches Bio-SEEQ PLUS, an Advanced Hand-Held Bio-Agent Detector

The Bio-SEEQ PLUS, a next-generation hand-held biological testing unit designed for global military and emergency-response applications, has the ability to provide lab-quality results in the field.

Updates

Motorola & Five Other Project 25 Equipment Manufacturers Demonstrate P25 Interoperability in Motorola's DHS-Recognized Lab

"Motorola continues to seek out opportunities to drive and enhance interoperability within the Project 25 industry. This includes our engineering investment in Project 25 standards development along with our participation and leadership in informal and formal interoperability testing," said Brenda Herold, Motorola Corporate Vice President, Government & Public Safety Products, Enterprise Mobility Solutions.

Updates

FEMA Awards More Than 200 AFG Grants to Texas Fire Departments

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded $173,865 from the Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) program to local fire departments and organizations in the state of Texas.

Updates

Code Calling: Web-Based Emergency Preparedness Platform Revolutionizes Hospital System for Internal Crisis Communications

LiveProcess, the leader in web-based emergency-preparedness solutions, launches a versatile system that standardizes the intricate hospital incident "code-calling" process and allows end users to customize every aspect of the process, which can vary from code to code and hospital to hospital.

Updates

DHS Secretary Napolitano Announces $42 Million in Recovery Act Funding for Explosive Detection Systems at Three Airports

"Recovery Act projects are utilizing the latest science and technology to secure our country while creating jobs locally. These new inline explosives detection systems will strengthen airport security and streamline the baggage screening process," said Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano.

Updates

Environics Awarded Multi-Million Euro Contract to Help Protect the Indian Army

The contract, which includes funding for ChemPro100i ("ChemPro100 Improved") multi-purpose detectors and other devices, strengthens the Finland-based Environics position in Asia, and especially in the rapidly-growing Indian market.

Updates

Complete Your Online Masters in Safety, Security, & Emergency Management - In Only Two Years

This fall, you can begin taking courses in Homeland Security so that you can learn to recognize significant hazards and threats to national and domestic security, analyze intelligence, and respond to national disasters and epidemics.

Updates

ICx Technologies Names Wayne A. Bryden as Chief Science Officer

"This technological diversity demands deep expertise across many disciplines including advanced materials, molecular biology, bioengineering, photonics, mass spectrometry, and nanotechnology. Wayne is uniquely qualified to provide innovation and strong leadership to our scientists and engineers engaged in research & development in these fields," said Colin Cumming, CEO of ICx Technologies.

Updates

Remarks by DHS Secretary Napolitano at the Global Cybersecurity Conference

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano comments on the role of the government in protecting citizens from cybersecurity threats.

Preparedness

A New and Challenging Era for Rural Homeland Security

by Jonathan A. Dudek -

For more than two centuries the great state of Maine was known and cherished for its rustic simplicity - which, of course, made it a particularly attractive take-off point for two of the Islamic fundamentalists involved in the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Preparedness

Emergency Services Credentialing: FEMA Leads the Way

by Kay C. Goss -

NCR, ANSI, and Commonwealth of Virginia also in the vanguard as states, cities, and even private-sector agencies and organizations pool resources to standardize and upgrade security checks at major events that attract large crowds - including terrorists and other criminals seeking to gain national and global recognition.

Commentary

Discovery Channel TV Series: The Colony - Week Three

by Adam Montella -

After securing the basic necessities for survival, episode three found the volunteers focusing on the one creature comfort they can't live without: a hot shower. But focusing on comfort left them open to a massive attack that threatened their long-term survival. The take away lesson is how to cope with stress. Comments and feedback by the reader welcome.

Updates

DHS Looks to Broadcast Emergency Alerts to Mobile Devices

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Command, Control & Interoperability Division (CID) is working with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to enable and enhance a national capability to deliver geographically targeted, timely, and effective alert messages to mobile devices.

Updates

Raytheon to Provide California First Responders and Healthcare Personnel Electronic Patient Tracking Systems

The EPTS (Electronic Patient Tracking System), is an information technology solution that facilitates the triage, treatment, and transport of victims during mass-casualty incidents by providing selected patient data to all involved parties, improving continuity of care and family-notification response time.

Updates

Bruker Detection Wins Navy Contract for First-Article Test of Shipboard Chemical Detectors

Bruker Detection Corporation announced that it has been awarded a contract for ten (10) first-article test and verification units for the Improved Point Detection System (IPDS) replacement program of the U.S. Navy, based on Bruker's RAID-S2 shipboard chemical detector.

Updates

Explosive Detection Station Demonstration at Materials and Fuels Complex

The Idaho National Laboratory & the Department of Energy have joined together to test an explosive-detection system at the Materials and Fuels Complex (MFC). The explosives-detection station employs advanced technology to detect the distinctive chemical signature of nitrogen, which indicates that explosives may be present in a vehicle.

Updates

HHS Secretary Sebelius & Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Announce New Strategies to Keep America's Food Supply Safe

HHS (Health & Human Services) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius & Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that prevention & partnership will guide their departments' efforts to safeguard the food Americans eat and will work closely with growers, food processors, and consumers to achieve their goals.

Updates

NBC Industry Group Begins New Membership Year

The organization's mission is to inform & educate federal, state, and local governments on NBC (nuclear, biological & chemical) defense matters related to combating WMD (weapons of mass destruction), combating terrorism & improving homeland security as well as to advance the development of NBC defense capabilities that enable the U.S. Armed Forces to carry out their global and domestic responsibilities.

Updates

Free Training Video Provides Valuable First Line of Defense for Emergency Responders

"This free training video is a must watch for all first responders," said Tim Butters, Chairman, Hazardous Materials Committee, International Association of Fire Chiefs. "CHEMTREC has been and continues to be a tremendous asset to all emergency responders."

Updates

EMSystems Clients Participate in Nation-Wide HAvBED Exercise

EMSystems' clients used EMResource to notify hospitals of the exercise, collect HAvBED data from each participating hospital within the state, aggregate & approve the summary data, and submit the HAvBED results automatically to DHHS/SOC portal system. EMResource strengthens information sharing & collaboration capability of emergency response assets between hospitals, first responders, and state and local health departments.

Updates

Secretary Napolitano Announces $78 Million in Recovery Act Funds for Transit Security Officers & Equipment

"Securing our mass transit systems requires well-trained personnel on the ground to protect against those who seek to cause harm," said DHS (Department of Homeland Security) Secretary Janet Napolitano. "This Recovery Act money will create critical law-enforcement jobs that will help our nation prevent terrorist attacks."

Updates

Smiths Detection Facility Wins ISO Quality Management Certification

ISO (International Organization for Standardization) 9001:2008 honors organizations that design, develop, manufacture, install, and/or provide goods and services of the highest quality.