december 2008

Updates

Ahura Scientific Increases Library and Language Capabilities of Flagship FirstDefender

FirstDefender 2.6.4 - Ahura Scientific has expanded the number of compounds in its on-board chemical library, broadened its foreign language capabilities, and introduced a new scan-delay feature.

Resilience

Litigation Trends Regarding Security

by Neil C. Livingstone -

One of the most effective weapons against terrorists, surprisingly, is Money! Not the reasonable sums used to pay for new surveillance systems but damages charged against businesses that fail to provide proper security for customers, tenants, & employees.

Resilience

Coming: An Upgrading of Security Standards for Rail Transit

by Diana Hopkins -

For many Americans the most important date to remember next month will not be Inauguration Day, but 27 January, when the American National Standards Institute's Transit Security Workshop starts a much-needed review of U.S. rail-security deficiencies.

Updates

EyeMarker RTD1000 Offers First Non-Invasive Detection of Botulism

The EyeMarker RTD1000 is an automated, portable, noninvasive device that in two minutes or less can assess if an individual has been exposed to any of a series of toxins, including botulinium, organophosphate nerve agents, cyanide, & carbon monoxide.

Updates

Phoenix Group of Virginia Inc. Becomes Exclusive Distributor for Life Saving Product

The Last Chance Rescue Filter is a one-time-use emergency device that a firefighter can use in the event of an out-of-air emergency. The canister filters out the toxic gases that are typically encountered during a fire.

Updates

Weapons of Mass Destruction Exercises Developed by Texas A&M, DuPont, and Simulation Education Services (SES)

These "Desktop Exercises" include Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Explosive scenarios.

Commentary

Important Homeland Security Input: High-Ranking PNSR Group Releases Its Final Report

by Martin Masiuk -

The report, perhaps the most important and best grounded national-defense and homeland-security document released since 1947, includes numerous recommendations that, if fully implemented, will add immensely to current and future U.S. defense capabilities.

Updates

Ahura Scientific Wins Second Cygnus Innovation Award

Ahura Scientific was honored in HazMAT/WMD category for TruDefender FT, its newest handheld chemical identification product.

Healthcare

Safety: Those Who Stay Behind

by Joseph Cahill -

The evacuation of a major city devastated by a natural disaster or an act of terrorism takes multi-agency cooperation, numerous training drills, & dedicated professionals who have the courage needed to stay in place while saving the lives of others.

Reports

Ready or Not? 2008: Protecting the Public's Health from Disease, Disasters, and Bioterrorism - A Report from Trust for America's Healthy

This report finds that progress made to protect the United States from disease outbreaks, natural disasters, & bioterrorism is at risk because of budget cuts and the economic crisis. The report also includes state-by-state health preparedness scores.

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Commentary

Preparing for the Unknown

by Christina M. Flowers -

As the threat posed by international terrorism increases the nation's emergency-response community broadens the depth and variety of its training syllabus by focusing on cooperation, multi-agency drills & exercises, and an all-hazards curriculum.

Reports

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Unclassified Report: Copper Thefts Threaten U.S. Critical Infrastructure

Copper thefts have increased since 2006 & are currently disrupting the flow of electricity, telecommunications, & transportation as well as water supplies, heating, security & emergency services & therefore present a risk to both public & national safety.

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Updates

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Announces Unmanned Aircraft Arrives in North Dakota

This system - in use since 2005 on the southwest border - will enhance border security efforts and support CBP personnel on the ground along the northern U.S. border with Canada.

Reports

Government Accountability Office (GAO) Actions Taken to Implement the Post-Katrina Emergency Management Reform Act of 2006

The information in this letter describes the status, as of 1 August 2008, of actions that the FEMA and DHS have reported as completed or underway to implement the several hundred discrete provisions of the Post-Katrina Act that were identified.

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Updates

Department of Homeland Security Issues Final Environmental Impact Statement on Proposed National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility

This facility will help protect the livestock industry, food supply, and public health from the accidental or intentional introduction into the United States of a foreign animal or zoonotic disease.

Updates

Saunders Mfg. Co. Inc. Announces Its Exclusive Distribution of the Ticket Board Product Line

The Ticket Board - which is designed to increase officer safety at airports, on border patrols, and on marine enforcement missions - is being used in accordance with the Homeland Security initiative to detect fraudulent documents.

Updates

3n White Paper: Message Mapping - How to Communicate During the Six Stages of a Crisis

Download, at no cost, this white paper, which examines the intersection of communications with the crisis lifecycle.

Updates

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Celebrates Its Strategic Information and Operations Center (SIOC) As It Marks Its Ten-Year Anniversary

The daily duties of the SIOC office include disseminating information and supporting field operations. The office also can handle up to eight critical events at any one time.

Preparedness

The Human Dimension: Identifying and Treating Disaster-Related Stress

by Kay C. Goss -

Fighting fires, floods, and other disasters is a full workload for first responders throughout the country. What their leaders sometimes forget, though, is that responders themselves need protection - both on the job and for weeks and months thereafter.

Updates

The Genesis Key Announces SecurVoice, the World's First Completely Secure Voice and Data Encryption Solution

SecurVoice, the world's first completely secure voice & data encryption solution, provides a revolutionary integration solution that removes encryption from the hardware and installs the encryption key directly onto a wide array of devices.

Updates

CoBRA Software for Homeland Security & Terrorism Response; Eight Years and Still Stronger, Faster ... Better

CoBRA software was first released in 2000 and since then has become the preeminent CBRNE decision-support software for military war fighters & civilian first responders.

Reports

World At Risk: The Report of the Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism

"Seven years after the tragic events of September 11, 2001, the threat of a terrorist attack on the United States is still very real. We are not yet safe. ... " Bob Graham, Chairman, Commission on the Prevention of WMD Proliferation & Terrorism.

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Updates

Telogis Announces GeoBase Technology Summit

"Our goal is to help our customers be first to market with the most innovative applications possible. This event is designed to help our customers generate more revenue, faster", said Newth Morris, President of GeoBase.

Preparedness

DHS STEPs Forward to Identify NIMS Technology

by Rodrigo Moscoso -

FEMA and the nation's public-safety and emergency-management communities are working in close cooperation to develop, evaluate, & produce the broad spectrum of new equipment needed to cope with mass-casualty disasters of all types.

Healthcare

Hospital Security: An Age-Old Problem Becomes Increasingly Important

by Craig DeAtley -

The nation's healthcare workers could become an endangered species if numerous planned improvements in hospital security are not funded and implemented in the near future. Here is a quick look at some of the innovative design upgrades recently introduced.

Updates

Intelagard Ships Decontamination Systems to Military

The H1-B Intercept is a binary compressed air foam chemical/biological decontamination system. When necessary, the system may also be used for fire suppression.

Reports

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Reports Significant Progress in Protecting the Food Supply

This One-Year Summary of Progress under the Food Protection Plan describes FDA's efforts to build safety in the U.S. and global food systems.

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Reports

U.S. Fire Administration Announces Release of the Voice Radio Communications Guide for the Fire Service

The new manual, Voice Radio Communications Guide for the Fire Service, provides updated information on communications technology and discusses critical homeland-security issues and concepts.

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