Three Cheers for three retail giants - WalMart, Home Depot, and Lowe's, all of which stepped forward to provide urgently needed building materials and the mountains of other supplies required to help restore order in the aftermath of Hurricanes and Rita.
Prior to 11 September 2001 the term "emergency management" was more an abstract theory than an operational mandate. Today it is a full fledged profession, particularly in hospitals & other medical facilities, so must be factored into all major planning.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department (LASD) has announced a significant enhancement to its investigative capabilities through the acquisition of forensic 3D laser- scanning technology from Leica Geosystems.
The Tennessee Valley Authority is basically a huge and highly successful mega-corporation that has to deal with private-sector funding and operational realities while also adhering to federal, state, and local rules and regulations.
DHS Secretary Chertoff highlights specific areas of the budget related to priority goals: protecting the nation & American people; critical infrastructures; improving emergency response/management capabilities; & building a culture of preparedness.
The GAO has determined the federal role in assisting transit agencies after a major disaster, the amount/source of federal disaster-assistance needed, and additional options for providing assistance to transit entities after a major disaster.
The C420 PAPR - a powerful, efficient, comfortable, and lightweight system - is the blower of choice for current and next-generation military and law-enforcement CBRN (chemical/biological/radiological/nuclear) protective products.
The Commonwealth of Virginia provides another best-practices example - this time in the public-health field - of how private-sector organizations can work with one another, and with their government counterparts, before rather than after a crisis erupts.
When and how do operating procedures become standard? Why are incident action plans so important? And what is the definition of an "expanding" incident? Anyone who cannot answer these questions will not meet the NIMS criteria for ICS-300.
Disaster planning is difficult, time-consuming, sometimes boring - but also absolutely necessary. And in the long run it conserves resources, permits the most efficient use of the usually limited medical staff available, and saves a lot of lives.
The latest version of the MetaMorpho AFIS will accelerate communications between Interpol headquarters in Lyon and the member states, enrich the fingerprint database, and increase the inquiry success rate.
The new DSC650 module functions as a standalone module or as part of an extended array on shallow substrates, including those that are not level or have turns, and will stop a 5000-pound (2300 kg) vehicle traveling at 50 mph (80 kph).
This year's agenda is jam-packed with more than 200 workshops, interactive sessions, posters, and roundtable discussions designed to enhance knowledge, increase professional networks, and leave participants inspired.
Under this new pilot program, airport employees at seven airports will be subject to new procedures. The new screening will consist of vehicle searches, behavior detection programs, biometric access controls, and more.
"Food and water supplies need to be evaluated carefully after an emergency to make sure ... [they are] safe," said Terry Paul, Branch Chief for Environmental Health at the ADH Center for Local Public Health.
Four top-priority research areas identified in this report are: 1. enhancing the usefulness of training; 2. improving timely emergency communications; 3.creating & maintaining sustainable response systems; & 4. generating effectiveness criteria & metrics.
The 2006 assassination of former KGB Colonel Alexander Litvenenko was eventually solved - but there are many questions still unanswered as well as strong suspicions about the operating tactics of Russia's post-USSR political leaders.
The almost pandemic outbreak of wildfires in California & other western states last year has aroused interest in a sometimes proposed but never authorized partial solution: enactment of a federally subsidized program to help high-risk communities.
The equipment deployed included AreaRAE wireless sensor networks with ProRAE Remote 3.0 enabling the first responders present to use global positioning system (GPS) locations as well as topological map exposure patterns to plan their responses.
"The addition of Labcal's biometric authentication technology and expertise is an important extension of Cross Match's ever-expanding product and solution offerings." James Ziglar, Cross Match President and CEO.
The SDR Forum, a nonprofit international industry, is dedicated to promoting the success of next-generation radio technologies, and has issued a request for information (RFI) on the regulation of next-generation radio systems.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) reminds the traveling public that U.S. and Canadian citizens ages 19 and older should no longer expect that they will be able to prove identity and citizenship by relying on an oral declaration alone.
Leading experts in public health preparedness will address not only the evolution of and growing threat posed by global infectious diseases but also the challenges being faced by state, local, & federal public health practitioners & emergency responders.
TruDefender FT is a three-pound handheld FTIR system designed for field-based chemical identification and, as a vitally important extension to the first responder's toolkit, will enable users to analyze and act faster than ever before.