february 2007

Preparedness

The MOTR Process - Ensuring Unity of Effort in Maritime Security

by Joseph DiRenzo III and Christopher Doane -

Protection of the U.S. maritime domain against terrorist threats "from the sea" requires not only cooperation but also a closely coordinated plan of action conscientiously carried out by numerous state, federal, and local agencies working together.

Healthcare

Needed: A Comprehensive Medical Intelligence Picture

by Asha M. George -

Defeating the threat posed by biological weapons requires a mountain of relevant information, collated and translated into actionable data, and distributed to a broad spectrum of potential users.

Updates

Homeland Security Executive Launches Strategic Homeland Consulting Firm

Provisum Strategies services will include assisting clients with preparedness strategy and planning, state and local grants, exercise and training, critical infrastructure protection, crisis management, emergency response, and much more.

Updates

TSA Unveils Backscatter Technology Testing at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport

TSA's privacy-filtered image looks like a chalk outline of the person's body, and shows any concealed items - including weapons, explosives, and various metallic and non-metallic threat items.

Updates

DHS Secretary Chertoff Notes Progress on Border During Visit to Yuma, Arizona

DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff announced that, as a result of the success of the border measures taken, increases in the number of Border Patrol agents annually deployed to the Arizona border during summer months.

Updates

Transportation Security Agency (TSA) Joins National Center for Missing & Exploited Children to Launch AMBER Alert at Nation's Airports

"Our 43,000 TSOs come in direct contact with two million passengers each day," said Kip Hawley, TSA administrator. "By putting TSOs on alert to a potential child abduction, we greatly increase the effectiveness of the AMBER Alert distribution."

Updates

APCO Applauds Virginia PBX/MLTS Legislation Passage

The Virginia General Assembly's passage of legislation to require providers of Private Branch Exchanges (PBXs) and Multi-Line Telephone Systems (MLTS) will provide enhanced 9-1-1 (E9-1-1) location information to 9-1-1 call centers.

Updates

EFJ Inc. Receives $6.7 Million Contract from Department of Defense

The contract calls for EFJohnson to provide the department with accessories for its Project 25-compliant portable radios.

Updates

Bruker Daltonics to Introduce RAID-AFM Autonomous Facility Monitor for Chemical Agents and Toxic Chemicals at PITTCON 2007

The RAID-AFM is designed to monitor large buildings and other facilities for accidents or attacks involving toxic industrial chemicals and/or chemical warfare agents.

Updates

Embassies Upgrading Perimeter Security with Delta Barriers

U.S. embassies, including those in Beijing, Sarajevo, Vienna and certain cities in Germany, Greece, Macedonia and Saudi Arabia, are upgrading vehicle control access by installing Delta's most advanced DSC501 and DSC2000 shallow foundation barriers.

Updates

Schlage Wireless Access Solution Rescues Parker Fire District

The wireless on-line locking system solution seamlessly integrates into the access control panel, eliminating wire between the lock and the access control panel and providing a complete solution at each opening.

Podcast

Kevin Yeskey, M.D., Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary, Preparedness and Emergency Operations, HHS

DomesticPreparedness met with Kevin Yeskey, M.D., Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary, Preparedness and Emergency Operations, HHS. A high-level HHS preparedness official gives his views on improvements to the department’s preparedness and emergency operations programs; the transfer of the National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) from DHS to HHS; NIMS compliance efforts; and state drug and vaccine distribution programs.

An Overview of Preparedness and Emergency Operations

Coordinating planning and response. Instituting real-time tracking for regionalized logistics assets. Enhancing state and local response capacity with the HHS Secretary's Operations Center. The importance of the HHS Incident Response Coordination Team (IRCT) team leader.

The Transfer of NDMS to HHS

The transfer of the National Disaster Medical System and the Disaster Medical Assistance Teams (DMATs) from DHS to HHS. The 250-bed non-acute care capability made possible through the Federal Medical Station program.

Training and Exercises 

NorthCom’s Ardent Sentry, Pinnacle 2007 continuity of operations plan (COOP) exercise and Washington’s June 2007 Top Off 4 exercise. NIMS training. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) hospital-level exercises on hospital preparedness.

National Incident Management System (NIMS)

HHS’s integration of mass-casualty preparedness activities with NIMS. Inventorying resources for NIMS compliance.

Drug and Vaccine Distribution 

SitRep on the Cities Readiness Initiative of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The range of distribution options available to states. Pre-deployed community-based caches available under the HRSA Cooperative Agreement program. The upcoming CDC report on pre-event placement of pharmaceuticals in individual households. The CDC monitoring networks: BioSense for hospitals; PulseNet for food; and the Laboratory Response Network.

Preparedness

Camera Phones Add a Thousand Words to the Handling of Transportation Incidents

by Rodrigo Moscoso -

Innovative DOT-sponsored program enlists the general public in a camera-phone pilot project that could help significantly not only in coping with major disasters but also in dealing with highway closures and other everyday incidents and inconveniences.

Reports

Government Accountability Office (GAO) Passenger Rail Security: Federal Strategy and Enhanced Coordination Needed to Prioritize and Guide Security Efforts

As was previously recommended, the Transportation Security Administration should complete risk assessments, develop rail security standards, and consider implementing practices used by foreign rail operators.

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Updates

FBI Announces Contract Award in Information-Sharing Program

N-DEx will allow for the sharing of complete, accurate, timely, and useful criminal-justice information across jurisdictional boundaries and will provide new investigative tools that enhance the nation's ability to fight crime and terrorism.

Updates

IBI Announces Expansion of Senior Management Team

IBI announced the expansion of its Senior Management Team to increase the breadth of resources dedicated to the commercialization of the technology used to develop rapid, ultra-sensitive tests that detect harmful pathogens.

Reports

Response to a Ricin Incident: Guidelines for Federal, State, and Local Public Health and Medical Officials

The purpose of this document is to provide a template for a public health and medical response to a ricin incident and some of the recovery aspects that such an incident might warrant.

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Updates

WHO reports some promising results on avian influenza vaccines

Experts meeting on advances in pandemic influenza vaccine development reported encouraging progress.

Healthcare

IEDs, RDDs, and Other Improvised Hazards

by Joseph Cahill -

When it seems likely that explosives have been used in a mass-casualty incident or "event," the personnel responding must remember that additional, and bigger, explosions might soon follow and that they, the first responders, may be the target.

Preparedness

The TRP/ACU 1000: A Major Step Forward in Communications Interoperability

by Brent Bankus -

Numerous first responders, each with a different comm system. And no unit can talk to any of the others. A versatile new multiagency JPS/Raytheon system may be the key to unraveling the Babel of silence at future disaster scenes.

Updates

Rockland County, N.Y., Resident to Walk 27 Miles to Help Wounded Veterans

The "Rock to West" March was created to build awareness for The Coalition to Salute America's Heroes, and allows others to help severely wounded and disabled veterans and their families rebuild their lives.

Updates

U.S., Panama Agree to Combat Nuclear Smuggling

This document covers implementation of Customs and Border Patrol's Container Security Initiative & the Nuclear Security Administration's Megaports Initiative, both programs continue to collaborate to stop nuclear material from being smuggled to U.S. ports

Reports

Breaching the Fortress Wall: Understanding Terrorist Efforts to Overcome Defensive Technologies - A Rand Corporation Report

Through case studies of terrorist struggles in a number of nations, this document analyzes the nature and impact of such terrorist counter-efforts on the value of defensive technologies deployed against them.

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Reports

Government Accountability Office (GAO) Homeland Security Grants: Observations on Process the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Used to Allocate Funds to Selected Urban Areas

DHS enhanced its risk assessment by including three components - threat, vulnerability, and consequences - to estimate the relative risk of successful terrorist attacks on various urban areas.

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Updates

Bruker Daltonics Receives NRC Exempt License for IMS Instruments

The companys industry-proven RAID product line of instruments is designed for high sensitivity of DMS plus other regulated compounds.

Updates

President Bush's Homeland Security Presidential Directive/HSPD-18

The subject of this directive is: Medical Countermeasures Against Weapons of Mass Destruction.

Updates

The Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Department of Homeland Security Announce the Establishment of a National Advisory Council

This National Advisory Council is being created to advise the administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on all aspects of emergency management in an effort to ensure close coordination with all involved.

Updates

Health and Human Services Unveils Two New Efforts to Advance Pandemic Flu Preparedness

Centers for Disease Control releases planning guidance to assist community decision-makers, and public service announcements to raise public awareness.

Updates

Bioscrypt Bolsters IT Security Offerings in HP Business PC's

Bioscrypt's VeriSoft Access Manager Server will be offered to HP business PC users to deliver centralized, enterprise-class manageability of client systems.

Updates

Telkonet and GE Energy Develop Integrated Utility

Telkonet has signed an exclusive supply agreement with GE Energy to co-develop an innovative custom product that facilitates vital remote monitoring and management of utility substation equipment.

Updates

Delta's New DSC7000 Beam Barrier Provides 0.7 Second Emergency Fast Closing

Delta's new DSC7000 beam barricade meets and exceeds multiple agency standards for closing time requirements.

Updates

Praetorian Successfully Strengthens Super Bowl Defense

SYColeman, a division of L-3 announced the successful demonstration and implementation of Praetorian, a next-generation intelligent video surveillance system.

Updates

Thales Achieves CMMI (Capability Maturity Model Integration) Maturity Level 3 Rating

The CMMI Model encompasses five different levels of process achievement: Initial, Managed, Defined, Quantitatively Managed, and Optimizing.

Updates

National Joint TERT Initiative Releases Best Practices Website

This website includes step-by-step instructions on how to develop a Telecommunicator Emergency Response Taskforce (TERT) program for each state.

Commentary

Homeland Security Begins at Home

by Steny Hoyer -

The House Majority Leader contrasts the President's failure to focus on homeland security in his State of the Union speech with the swift passage of House Resolution One & the Democratic Party's plans for a full package of implementing legislation later.

Reports

Providing Mass Medical Care with Scarce Resources, A Community Planning Guide

The purpose of this guide is to provide community planners - as well as planners at the facility/community, state, and federal levels - with valuable insights and information that will help them in their efforts to plan for and respond to a mass casualty

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Updates

Fact Sheet: U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Announces Eight Percent Increase in Fiscal Year 2008 Budget Request

President Bush requests an 8 percent increase in the fiscal year 2008 budget for the Department of Homeland Security. The request targets five areas that are critical to protecting the U.S. homeland.

Updates

Department of Homeland Security Announces the First National Comment Period on Upgraded National Incident

The Department of Homeland Security is coordinating a comprehensive review of the National Response Plan (NRP) and National Incident Management System (NIMS). The review process commenced in October 2006 and is scheduled to be concluded by 1 June 2007.

Updates

Centers for Disease Control Issues an Update on Pandemic Flu Preparedness

The CDC takes another step toward pandemic preparedness with two new initiatives that the Department of Health and Human Services and other agencies of the federal government helped to prepare.

Reports

Government Accountability Office (GAO) Homeland Security: Progress Has Been Made to Address the Vulnerabilities Exposed by 9/11, but Continued Federal Action Is Needed to Further Mitigate Security Risks

The report reflects conclusions and recommendations from a body of work issued before and after 9/11 by GAO, the Inspectors General of DHS, State, and Justice, the 9/11 Commission, and other agencies and authorities.

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