december 2006

Updates

DHS Designates President Ford Memorial Service as National Special Security Event

the U.S Secret Service assumes its legally mandated role as the lead federal agency with Steven C. Woodard, to serve as the PFO

Updates

Battelle Wins Contract to Operate National Biodefense Analysis and Countermeasures Center

The $250 million contract award covers a five-year period of performance, with the potential for five subsequent one-year extensions that could bring the projected award value to $500 million.

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FDA Approves Cyanokit(R) For Treatment Of Cyanide Poisoning

Cyanokit's unique mechanism of action, which makes possible its use in a pre-hospital or hospital setting, is the first cyanide antidote to be approved in the United States in several decades.

Healthcare

Pandemic Flu Vaccine - Still No Silver Bullet

by Jerry Mothershead -

Several years have passed since the first H5N1 outbreak and there have been speeches, studies, and statistics galore - but few if any nations are even half-prepared to deal with the consequences of a major pandemic.

Updates

Smiths Detection Expands Everyday Protection for First Responders and Law Enforcement with Wearable Chemical Detection Technology

Smiths' wearable detect-to-warn device alerts first responders to the presence of chemical warfare agents & toxic industrial chemicals; non-radioactive system employs proven ion mobility spectrometry.

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RAE Systems Announces AreaRAE Steel

The AreaRAE Steel is a multi-gas, wireless monitor housed in a welded stainless-steel enclosure.

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Response Biomedical Announces Strategic Alliance with 3M To Commercialize Rapid Infectious Disease Tests

RBM announced that it has entered an exclusive agreement with the 3M Company to pursue the development and commercialization of diagnostic products targeting hospital- and community-acquired infectious diseases by using the RBM RAMP testing platform.

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MSA SAFESITE Multi-Threat Wireless Detection System Featured on News Broadcast

The SAFESITE System is used in large-capacity public venues to provide high-tech protection from potential threats

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Telkonet Installs the Telkonet iWire System at Electric Substations for Four Major Public Utilities

Telkonet Energy Services (TES), launched in July, deployed the Telkonet iWire System to monitor the performance and activities of the substations. TES is in active negotiations with 10 additional utilities across 10 states.

Updates

Sandia National Laboratories to Offer Classes on Red Teaming in Washington, D.C., in January and February 2007

Sandia National Laboratories will offer classes on how to specify and utilize a "red team," which involves the use of team members to play the role of criminal agents attempting to compromise system security.

Updates

Telenor Satellite Services Extends High-Speed on Demand Maritime Service Globally

The enhanced global service uses a dedicated 128 kbps channel and arms ship owners and ship captains with a powerful communications solution designed to meet the varied communications and data requirements of the maritime industry.

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General Atomics Electronic Systems Inc. (GA-ESI) Wins $4.5 Million Contract Modification from U.S. Navy

The novel GA-ESI dosimeter uses technology based on the radiation effect on a semiconductor and provides direct readout information on the amount of radiation to which it has been exposed, rather than requiring a separate reading device.

Reports

The U.S. Fire Administration Offers DRAFT Version of Pandemic Influenza: Planning and Preparation Best Practices Model

Fire and Emergency Medical Services will play a crucial role in the event of a pandemic. Planning for a pandemic influenza is a key goal. These resources are provided to assist first responders in preparing for a national flu pandemic.

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Reports

GAO (Government Accountability Office) - Border Security: US-VISIT Program Faces Strategic, Operational, and Technological Challenges at Land Ports of Entry

DHS plans to further enhance US-VISIT's capabilities by, among other things, requiring the new technology and equipment needed to be capable of scanning all fingerprints on both hands of persons seeking entry to the United States.

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Updates

DHS Targets High-Risk Hazardous Materials in Transit

The proposed rule is part of a package of new security measures that will require freight rail carriers to ensure 100 percent positive hand-off of TIH (toxic inhalation hazard) materials.

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Remarks by Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff on "Protecting the Homeland: Meeting Challenges and Looking Forward"

Secretary Chertoff highlighted the DHS accomplishments and challenges over the past two years and outlined near-term goals.

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U.N. Secretary-General urges strengthened cooperation to ensure major events protected from attack, in message to New york conference

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan calls for the international community to strengthen cooperation in communication and information sharing to protect and secure large-scale events.

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Berkeley Nucleonics Introduces Advanced Spectroscopic Portal (ASP) Monitors to Detect and Identify Rad/Nuke Materials

The ARAM system, a commercially available portal monitoring system that detections and identifies nuclear materials, can be configured for vehicles, luggage, pedestrians and/or many other screening applications.

Updates

United Nations Issues Guidelines to Prevent Terrorists from Blowing Up Aircraft Through the Use of Carry-On liquids

The U.N. aviation agency has issued new interim security control guidelines for screening potentially dangerous items concealed in hand luggage - including liquid, gels, & aerosols - that might be used in improvised explosive devices on board an aircraft.

Reports

The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) Proposed Revisions to the Emergency Management Standards Field Review

Proposed revisions to Emergency Management standards that would require organizations to establish a more rigorous emergency management plan in response to community-wide emergencies.

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Preparedness

Decontamination Considerations in Dealing With A Chemical Agent Mass-Casualty Incident

by Theodore Jarboe -

Decontamination operations are a business-as-usual task for most hazmat teams and other first responders. But not when there are hundreds or perhaps thousands of victims and the responders themselves are in danger of being contaminated.

Healthcare

Imperatives for the Training of Medical Staff

by Michael Allswede -

The U.S. private-sector health care system is probably the best in the world. But it is not prepared to deal with mass-casualty incidents, lacks the funding needed to expand beyond current capacity, and suffers from certain shortages.

Commentary

Scott J. Becker, Executive Director, Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL)

by John Morton -

His views on the need for improved rapid-response capabilities, the important roles played by "sentinel" and "reference" labs, and the technological breakthroughs projected in the APHL's Strategic Plan.

Updates

EFJ Inc. Awarded $76 Million Order from Department of Defense (DOD)

"We will supply ... DOD with our encrypted Project 25-compliant portable radios, which will help ... [the department] comply with the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) narrowband mandate."

Updates

JW Fishers Announces New Splash-Proof PC for Side Scan Sonars

"Fishers has solved these problems with the introduction of ... [the company's] new splash-proof computer with ultra bright display ... [which] is ideal for small-boat operations where mist, spray, or rain are likely to get onto the computer."

Updates

ICx Technologies Awarded Robotic Systems Joint Program Office Contract to Supply Explosives Detection Systems

The ICx Fido Explosives Detector, which is well-suited to both handheld and robot-integrated applications, will provide the versatility needed to meet stringent explosives detection requirements.

Reports

Manual for First Responders to a Radiological Emergency

Experience shows that local emergency services - e.g., local medical and law-enforcement agencies, and fire brigades - will play the most important roles in the early response to a radiological emergency. An Oct 2006 International Atomic Energy Agency.

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Reports

Review of Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Progress in Adopting and Enforcing Equipment Standards for First Responders - a Report from the DHS Office of Inspector General

A review of the department's progress in adopting and enforcing the equipment standards established for first responders.

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Reports

Tabletop Exercises for Pandemic Influenza Preparedness in Local Public Health Agencies

This report presents a fully customizable template for a tabletop exercise for pandemic influenza preparedness that can be used by state and local health agencies and their healthcare and governmental partners.

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Updates

DHS and DOE Launch Secure-Freight Initiative

The Secure-Freight Initiative is an effort to build upon existing port security measures by enhancing the federal government's ability to scan containers for nuclear & radiological materials overseas & to better assess the risk posed by inbound containers

Updates

National Baseline Survey Findings Show Significant Levels of Interoperability Across the Nation

Nearly two-thirds of the nation's emergency-response agencies use interoperable communications to varying degrees, based on the national interoperability baseline survey issued to 22,400 law-enforcement, fire, and EMS agencies selected at random.

Updates

EFJ, Inc. Receives $2 Million Contract for a Conventional IP25 Infrastructure System and Project 25 Compliant Portable Radios From a DOD Customer

The order, valued at $2 million, calls for EFJohnson to provide the DOD with its Conventional IP25 Infrastructure System and Project 25 compliant portable radios.

Updates

Private Sector Can Contribute to Global Efforts to Counter Terrorism, says U.N. Secretary-General

"The private sector is well positioned to develop innovative approaches to addressing a number of aspects of terrorism, in particular in the area of protecting vulnerable targets." Kofi Annan, outgoing secretary-general of the United Nations.

Updates

Ultra Wins Contract to Provide Port Freeport Maritime Domain Awareness

"UESML's parts system will deliver to Port Freeport the capability to detect, tract, and initiate alarm on small-vessel intrusion ... and provide vectoring information for port security cameras."

Healthcare

Behind the Mask: EMS, Influenza, and Respiratory Protection

by James Mason -

A high-efficiency mask, a procedure mask, an SCBA, or a PAPR - which shall it be? The correct answer determines whether the wearer is part of the solution, or becomes another part of the problem.

Commentary

Michael Fraser, PhD, Deputy Executive Director, National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO)

by John Morton -

An overview of NACCHO's work in bioterrorism, the plans being developed for a pandemic flu outbreak, and the need for communications upgrades across the board.

Updates

Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative Rule Outlines New Document Requirements for Air Travel

This change in travel document requirements is the result of recommendations made by the 9/11 Commission that Congress subsequently passed into law in the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004.

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Keynote Address by Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff to the 2006 Grants & Training National Conference

"What we do have to do is identify and prioritize risks -- understanding the threat, the vulnerability and the consequence. " Michael Chertoff, Secretary, Department of Homeland Security

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Fact Sheet: Security Improvements to Visa Waiver Program

The Administration announced its intention to work with Congress to reform the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) thereby strengthening security and facilitating international allies' ability to join the program.

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CBP Public Awareness Campaign Helps Keep Avian Flu, Other Diseases Out of the U.S.

"Agricultural pests and diseases are a threat to U.S. food crops and livestock," said Jeffrey Grode, executive director for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Agriculture Programs and Liaison Office.

Updates

X-Ray Backscatter Technology and Personal Privacy

Backscatter will be able to detect non-metallic devices and objects as well as weapons and/or other harmful objects that a passenger may be carrying on his or her person.

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Raytheon Opens New Experimentation Center

The IDS Joint Mission Experimentation Environment, or JMEE, is designed to serve as a strategic focal point for the design and testing of solution concepts.