december 2007

Updates

TSI Partners With Dycor to Win Rheinmetall Contract

TSI supplies Fluorescence Aerosol Particle Sensors (FLAPs) to Dycor's advanced biological agent detection and sampling system for integration into Rheinmetall's Fuchs biodetection reconnaissance vehicles.

Updates

OSI Systems Awarded Approximate $5.0 Million Contract for New Automated Multi-View X-ray Systems for Aviation Checkpoint Screening; Advanced System Designed to Expedite Passenger Screening at Aviation Checkpoints

The Rapiscan MVXi is a multi-view X-ray system designed with advanced software to highlight explosives and other potential threat objects.

Updates

Scott Health & Safety Introduces the BioPak 240 Revolution Closed-Circuit Breathing Apparatus

The BioPak 240 Revolution CCBA features both a quick-change cooling system that can be replaced while being worn without breaking the breathing loop, and a patented CO2 scrubbing system design utilizing solid absorbents that enable rapid deployment.

Updates

MGP Instruments PDS-100 Pocket Radiation Detectors

The PDS-100 family of pocket radiation detectors are highly sensitive, fast, and accurate, and can detect, locate, quantify, and identify radioactive and nuclear materials, and discriminate NORM and Medical radionuclides.

Updates

Business Contingency Group to Award Grant to Surface Transportation Agency/Organization

This grant will allow one surface transportation agency/organization the opportunity to use the Crisis Information Management Software free for one year.

Updates

Alion Develops Automated Risk Assessment Tool to Help Chemical Industry Comply With Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Ruling

Alion Science and Technology has developed a web-based risk-management software tool that can help the chemical industry comply with a recent ruling published in the Federal Register by DHS.

Reports

Mass Shooting/Active Shooter First Responder Awareness Card - A Response Sheet Provided by August Vernon and the Wisconsin Chapter of Arson Investigators

This guide is designed to be used to assist with responses, training, planning, and exercises.

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Reports

The Federal Transit Administration Issues the Fiscal Year 2008 Action Plan for Its Office of Safety and Security

The Federal Transit Administration spells out its commitment to the continuous improvement of safety, security, and emergency preparedness capabilities in the public transportation industries.

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Preparedness

Security Protocols at Emergency Shelters

by Kay C. Goss -

The care and feeding of thousands of sudden evacuees is a massive responsibility. Even more daunting in some respects is the need to adhere to the numerous guidelines mandated by FEMA, state & local governments, & unforeseeable practical realities.

Updates

New Decontamination Tank Systems from Allen-Vanguard

The company's three new decontamination systems are designed for use in a wide range of situations ranging from large-scale incidents to emergency spot decontamination of chemical, biological, and radioactive hazards.

Updates

Connecticut Department of Public Health Deploys Equipment from Mobile Hospital to Aid Nursing Home

"Once again, use of the state's mobile hospital shows how it ... [has proven to be] a key asset to our level of preparedness and ability to quickly respond to health emergencies anywhere in the state." Connecticut Governor M. Jodi Rell.

Updates

AcuTemp's Mobile Refrigerator/Freezer Units Keep Temperature-Sensitive Blood, Vaccines, and Medical Supplies Safe at Home and Abroad

Not only have thousands of units been deployed by the Department of Defense for the war effort, but demand also has been on the rise by state and local municipalities seeking assistance for their disaster-preparedness initiatives.

Updates

ZUMRO's Instant Surge Shelter is Pre-Positioned for One Person/Five-Minute Deployment When Needed

ZUMRO has added "Z-SIPs" semi-permanent storage pods to the company's products; with one, the shelter is pre-positioned inside a fiberglass shell and, when needed, the shell may be raised and the shelter deployed by one person.

Updates

Fact Sheet: Select List of 2007 Department of Homeland Security Achievements

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff reviews the progress and maturation of the department in 2007 in this timely fact sheet.

Updates

Department of Homeland Security Begins Collecting "Full Sets" of Fingerprints from International Visitors Arriving at Washington Dulles International Airport

The use of biometrics "helps legitimate travelers proceed more quickly while protecting their ... [identities] and enables our frontline personnel to focus even greater attention on potential security risks." DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff.

Updates

Joint Commission Executive Takes Helm of Simulation Education Services

Joe Cappiello, former vice president for accreditation field operations of The Joint Commission, has joined the organization as its president and chief executive officer.

Updates

308 SYSTEMS TAC-PAKs Improve U.S. National Guard Response

The TAC-PAKs have enabled the Guard's disaster response teams to operate with or without infrastructure - an important capability after an earthquake causes a power and cellular blackout.

Preparedness

The Registered Traveler Program: Faster Passenger Screening? Or a Security Loophole?

by Joseph Steger -

The TSA-vetted Registered Traveler program is designed to reduce waiting time at U.S. airports and for that reason should be well received by frequent flyers. Is there a hidden flaw in the program, though? Read here to find out.

Reports

Pandemic Flu - Take the Lead Working Together to Prepare Now - A Community Leaders' Toolkit Issued by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

This toolkit provides: Information leaders need to know about pandemic flu; ready-to-use and ready-to-tailor resources prepared by HHS and CDC; and ideas and materials to help organizations prepare and to encourage other organizations to get involved.

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Reports

Public Health Emergency Exercise Toolkit, Developed by the Columbia University School of Nursing and Hosted by the New York Consortium for Emergency Preparedness Continuing Education (NYCEPCE)

This toolkit is intended to guide local public health-agency staffs in: (1) developing, implementing, and evaluating emergency drills and exercises; and (2) facilitating the public-health aspects of larger, multi-agency emergency exercise events.

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Podcast

Dennis R. Schrader, Deputy Administrator, National Preparedness, and Glenn Cannon, Assistant Administrator for Disaster Operations, FEMA

DomesticPreparedness met with Dennis R. Schrader, Deputy Administrator, National Preparedness, FEMA. Schrader, the FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) deputy administrator for national preparedness – accompanied by Glenn Cannon, FEMA assistant director for disaster operations – discusses the soon-to-be-released final version of the National Response Framework (NRF).

NRF Overview

How the National Response Framework reflects the “new” and “forward-leaning” FEMA and eliminates the need for formal declaration of an incident of national significance. The recognition by elected officials of the importance of executive leadership for preparedness.

Coordination

The emergency manager as a “coordinator” for logistics and communications support; institutionalizing coordination with the private sector and faith-based organizations; the stand-up of ESF 13 (public safety and security) law-enforcement teams to assist state and local authorities; how the FEMA gap-analysis process is driving requirements and determining the allocation of resources.

Incident Management

The rollout of incident management assistance teams (IMATs). The relationship between, and responsibilities of, local emergency operations centers (EOCs) and area commands; the role of the designated safety officer in the incident command structure.

IT and Communications

Back-ups and redundancy in the information-technology infrastructure. The rollout of the mobile emergency response support (MERS) program.

Healthcare

Love Thy Neighbor - But Keep Your Distance

by Jerry Mothershead -

Kill diseases by starving them to death through social distancing! That is probably the most effective and lowest-cost means of containing the spread of diseases carried in microbe-laced weapons of mass destruction.

Preparedness

The MMRS: A Major But Under-Utilized Asset

by Glen Rudner -

The HHS-sponsored Metropolitan Medical Response System is frequently overlooked by state and local decision makers faced with the daunting task of coping with a biological "incident" or event. The MMRS guidelines provide some if not all of the answers.

Updates

BLU-MED Announces New Medical Preparedness Contracts

The state-of-the-art BLU-MED shelter systems will be used to boost medical surge capacity in the event of pandemic influenza, bioterrorism, or other mass-casualty incidents.

Updates

Remploy Frontline U.S. Office Opens

Remploy Frontline is the primary provider of protection suits for defense, law enforcement, and first responders.

Updates

ICx Technologies Awarded Radar Contract from Boeing for SBInet

This contract provides ground surveillance radars for improved border protection.

Updates

Virginia Governor Timothy M. Kaine Announces Appointment of Commonwealth Interoperability Coordinator

Governor Kaine announced the appointment of Constance McGeorge to serve as the Commonwealth Interoperability Coordinator within the Governor's Office.

Updates

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Announces Selection of the Director of the Office of Emergency Communications

The Department of Homeland Security announces the selection of Chris Essid as Director of the Office of Emergency Communications within the department's National Protection and Programs Directorate.

Updates

BW Technologies by Honeywell Introduces the Revolutionary GasAlertMicroClip

The GasAlertMicroClip offers full-function multi-gas instrument performance, with the simplicity, compact size, and ease-of-use of a disposable gas detector.

Updates

Disaster Response & Recovery Expo (DRRE) Continues to Be the Perfect Opportunity to Discover the Latest Disaster Response and Recovery Equipment, Technology, and Services

The purpose of the Expo is to establish a single, federally managed, integrated medical-response capability to assist authorities in dealing with the public-health effects of a disaster in the United States or its territories.

Updates

Universal Detection Technology Granted Patent for Bioterrorism Detection Technology

The patent is for an invention titled "bacterial endospore quantification using lanthanide dipicolinate luminescence" - which is used in the company's BSM-2000 anthrax-detection system.

Updates

Department of Homeland Security and the State of Arizona Partner to Further Advance Secure Identification Initiatives

The state of Arizona will develop a technologically enhanced driver's license that will securely validate the identity and U.S. citizenship of Arizona residents who voluntarily apply and qualify.

Updates

Department of Homeland Security Moves Forward on Border Fencing and Technology Improvements

"The American public has been loud and clear in their call for secure borders," said Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff. "We will continue to use every tool, resource, and authority we have to answer that call."

Podcast

Ellen Embrey, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Force Health Protection and Readiness in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs

DomesticPreparedness met with Ellen P. Embrey, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Force Health Protection and Readiness in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs. The Pentagon’s Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Force Health Protection and Readiness outlines the military’s role in national disaster support and medical readiness under Emergency Support Function 8 (ESF 8 –Medical and Health Services), and lists the medical support capabilities her department brings to bear.

Overview of Department of Defense (DOD) Support under Emergency Support Function 8 (Medical and Health Services)

The Pentagon’s role under ESF 8 – i.e., as a National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) federal partner; particular reference is made to the movement, tracking, and regulation of patients. Also discussed: maintenance of the Federal Coordination Centers (FCCs), and definitive care.

DOD Support for the National Disaster Medical System (NDMS)

The Federal Coordination Centers (FCCs) and the interfaces with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and state health officers; the federal Primary Receiving Center (PRC) as the common way to manage patient care at the local level during and after a disaster; the role of the NDMS Operations Support Center as a focal point to synthesize national public health and medical information and provide situational awareness.

DOD and the NDMS Federal Coordination Centers

The capabilities and operations of the FCCs; developing, exercising, and evaluating local PRA (Patient Reception Area) plans; the role of the FCC coordinator in planning, testing, and coordinating local patient reception operations.

The NorthCom and TransCom Roles in NDMS

The current U.S. Northern Command (NorthCom) and U.S. Transportation Command (TransCom) plans to support all-hazards disaster-relief efforts in terms of the military healthcare commitments to the NDMS; TransCom’s “back end” crews for patient movement. Also, the TransCom air, sea, and ground assets available for the movement of patients in disaster-relief operations.

Healthcare

New Tools to Help with HICS Implementation

by Craig DeAtley PA-C -

A job well begun is half done - supposedly. Recently issued Hospital Incident Command System guidelines may not be half the job, but they should make it much easier and considerably less complicated.

Reports

Lab Matters - A Public Health Balancing Act, More Disease, Fewer Dollars: A Report issued by the Association of Public Health Laboratories

This report covers funding strategies, maximizing staff resources, and viruses and diseases that are still a real threat.

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Reports

Government Accountability Office (GAO) - Combating Nuclear Terrorism: Federal Efforts to Respond to Nuclear and Radiological Threats and to Protect Key Emergency Response Facilities Could Be Strengthened

Federal efforts to respond to nuclear and radiological threats and to protect key emergency response facilities could be strengthened in various ways.

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Updates

Border Patrol and Coast Guard Sign Cooperation Agreement

This collaboration will immediately improve overall intelligence services as well as intelligence gathering, and will allow the Border Patrol to more efficiently support the Coast Guard's biometrics-at-sea program.

Updates

Travelers Reminded of New Document Requirements Beginning 31 January 2008

This change is a necessary step to prepare travelers and ease the transition to the future requirements of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI).