february 2009

Preparedness

'Wetware' and Other Technologies Supported Obama Inauguration

by Rodrigo Moscoso -

The swearing-in ceremonies, the parade, and the celebrations that followed were major successes. An even greater success was the behind-the-scenes preparations that ensured that nothing happened that was not supposed to happen.

Preparedness

Incident Management Teams: A Blueprint for Success

by William MacKay -

The day of the stand-alone first-responder agency is over. When a major disaster occurs what is now needed is a multi-talented, well coordinated team of professionals representing a broad range of disciplines & trained to work together against all hazards

Updates

U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano Issues Bold Efficiency Review Initiative

Secretary Napolitano announced a department-wide action directive challenging every agency, component, and office to generate new efficiencies and to promote greater accountability, transparency, & customer satisfaction.

Updates

CANBERRA Team to Deliver the SOLOMON SEAL - A Dual-Purpose Comprehensive Cargo Sealing and Tracking System

SOLOMON SEAL: a comprehensive, affordable, and off-the-shelf system that ensures cargo sealing and real-time integrity and status tracking through the entire supply chain.

Updates

Evogen Expands Executive Team to Launch Affordable, Ultra-Rapid PCR Instrument for High Sensitivity Molecular Diagnostics

Kevin McCormack and Joanne Stephenson join the management team to lead the company's international commercial business efforts for the newly launched EvoCyclerTMHD12 molecular diagnostics platform.

Updates

Initiate Systems Introduces Entity Resolution Offering for Intelligence and Law-Enforcement Agencies

With Entity Resolution, information previously believed to be unrelated can be linked together, providing the potential to identify suspected persons of interest, to link events to specific persons or identities, & to connect known persons of interest.

Updates

Federal Communications Commission Releases Agenda for Summit on Deployment and Operational Guidelines for Next-Generation IP-Enabled 911 and E911 Services

The Summit will bring together public-safety organizations, industry representatives, & others to address matters of interest and will help build upon the Bureau's February 2008 Summit topic, "911 Call Center Operations & Next-Generation Technologies."

Updates

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Announces New Website with Preparedness Resources for Healthcare Facilities

These resources are intended for individuals at healthcare facilities tasked with ensuring that those facilities are as prepared as possible for an emergency.

Updates

Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Continues Millimeter Wave Passenger Imaging Technology Pilot

Passenger imaging technologies, like millimeter wave, enable TSA to detect, without physical contact, prohibited items including weapons, explosives, and other metallic and non-metallic objects concealed under layers of clothing.

Updates

New EU Toxic Gas Approvals Certificates for MSA's Altair 4 Multigas Detector

MSA's Altair 4 Multigas Detector received EU toxic gas approval as performance-compliant for measurements of 0-200 ppm H2S gas and 0-999 ppm CO gas.

Updates

Texas A&M Regents Approve Center to Advance Public Health, Medical Preparedness and Response

The National Center for Emergency Medical Preparedness and Response (NCEMPR) will offer training and evaluation to local communities and to the state to strengthen preparedness for future emergencies.

Updates

Leica Geosystems Announces the Only Future-Proof GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System): Leica GPS1200

The Leica GPS1200 uses the proven SmartTrack SmartCheck technology, which offers enhanced signal processing and industry-leading measurement quality.

Updates

Universal Detection Technology Is Working With U.S. Department of Commerce to Market Its Anthrax Detection Equipment in Iraq

Universal Detection Technology announced that, through its deal with the Commerce Department's Commercial Service, it is promoting the company's handheld assays, which can be used to detect up to five bioterrorism agents.

Reports

U.S. Fire Administration and National Volunteer Fire and Emergency Services Issue an Updated Health and Wellness Guide for the Volunteer Fire and Emergency Services

The revised Health and Wellness Guide provides updated information on health and wellness issues, trends, and programs focused on the needs of the volunteer fire services.

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Healthcare

Mergers, Volunteerism, and Cost Considerations

by Joseph Cahill -

Cut costs the easy way - by merging agencies, using more volunteers, and reducing services. The only problem is that agency employees might be unhappy, taxpayers might revolt, and elected officials might soon be looking for new jobs.

Reports

Congressional Research Service Report: The FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) Disaster Declaration Process - A Primer

The disaster declaration procedure is a process that preserves the discretion of a governor to request assistance - and the freedom of the president to decide to grant, or not to grant, supplemental help.

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Reports

International Association of Fire Chiefs and U.S. Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration Release Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG) Training Video

The training video explains the contents of the ERG and how to use it as a helpful resource in the event of a hazardous-materials transportation incident.

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Updates

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Deploys 6th Unmanned Aircraft to Enhance Border Security

The remotely piloted Predator B allows CBP personnel to safely conduct missions in areas that are difficult to access or otherwise considered too high-risk for manned aircraft or CBP personnel on the ground.

Updates

U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Napolitano Issues Bold Efficiency Review Initiative

This action directive challenges every DHS agency, component, and office to generate new efficiencies and to promote greater accountability, transparency, and customer satisfaction.

Resilience

New Focus on Private-Sector Preparedness Standards

by Diana Hopkins -

At last! A Federal Register notice asks the nation's business community to comment on ideas that have been submitted to upgrade the disaster-preparedness capabilities of the U.S. private sector. Read, heed, and proceed - but do it fast.

Reports

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Releases Assessment of States' Operating Plans to Combat Pandemic Influenza

This report summarizes the status of States' operating plans with respect to preparedness for, response to, and recovery from an influenza pandemic.

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Reports

National Intelligence Council Releases Report on Strategic Implications of Global Health

Several diseases, including a potential influenza pandemic & illnesses such as severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), remain the most direct health-related threats to the U.S., but are not the only health indicators with strategic significance.

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Updates

Upp and ESi Agree to Form Strategic Alliance to Provide Integrated Emergency Management Solutions

Upp and ESi's combined offering will enhance real-time accuracy for applications in emergency management and simplify on-the-ground decision-making during crisis situations.

Healthcare

Surge Prerequisites: Plans, Practices, Preparations

by Theodore Tully -

Doctors, nurses, and other healthcare providers are aware that surge capabilities have become increasingly important in dealing with mass-casualty incidents. But few really understand that many meanings are encompassed in that one word.

Updates

Telogis Acquires GPS Tracking Business Darby Corporate Solutions

"Our customers will benefit from Telogis' OnTrack platform of advanced technologies, such as optimized vehicle routing, navigation, vehicle maintenance and satellite imagery," said Darby Vice President Jim Dunham.

Updates

Axsys Technologies Awarded $15.3 Million Contract for CROWS (Common Remotely Operated Weapon Station) Program

"We are proud to be the provider of critical infrared technology that enables this technologically advanced life-saving program," said Scott B. Conner, President & Chief Operating Officer of Axsys Technologies.

Updates

TVI Corporation Appoints John P. McMullen Senior Vice President of Sales and Business Development

"John's knowledge of logistics and extensive sales experience in the government and commercial sectors make him the ideal person to lead TVI's sales team," said Lt. General Harley A. Hughes, USAF (Ret.), TVI's President and CEO.

Updates

Evogen Launches Affordable, Ultra-rapid PCR Instrument for High Sensitivity Molecular Diagnostics

The EvoCycler HD12 - designed for clinical, research, environmental, and biodefense applications - can process 12 samples in 30 minutes.

Reports

Planning Guidance for Response to a Nuclear Detonation: A Report by the Homeland Security Council

The purpose of this guidance is to give emergency planners nuclear detonation-specific response recommendations that maximize the preservation of life in the event of an urban nuclear detonation.

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Preparedness

Situational Awareness the Key: Deterring Pirate Attacks Against Merchant Ships

by Corey Ramslen -

Situational awareness, on the part of the ships' crews, is the key. New and better equipment also is needed, plus the involvement of armed naval vessels, and possibly some changes in international law.

Reports

Government Accountability Office (GAO) Report on Homeland Defense: Actions Needed to Improve Management of Air Sovereignty Alert Operations to Protect U.S. Airspace

GAO recommends that U.S. Department of Defense be tasked to: (1) conduct routine risk assessments; (2) implement an air-sovereignty alert (ASA) program as a steady-state mission; and (3) develop other plans as needed for future air-sovereignty challenges.

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Updates

First Line Delivers AmbuBus Kits to the State of Georgia to Enhance Public Health Evacuation Capabilities

First Line Technology recently delivered 40 AmbuBus - Bus Stretcher Conversion Kits to the Georgia Department of Human Resources completing a $1 million statewide contract to enhance evacuation capabilities during natural or man-made disasters.

Updates

WebEOC and ESiWebFUSION Used in EOCs (Emergency Operation Centers) Throughout the National Capital Region to Manage Inauguration

ESiWebFUSION served as the central communications hub and enabled individual WebEOC customers (police, military and medical personnel) to communicate securely with each other during the inauguration.

Updates

Secretary Napolitano Issues Immigration and Border Security Action Directive

The directive requires specific department offices and components to work together and with state and local partners to review and assess the plans and policies to address: criminal and fugitive aliens; southbound gun smuggling and more.

Updates

EMS Innovations Announces Exclusive Distributorship to the Pre-Hospital Market for the ACUSON P10T

The ACUSON P10 system is the first pocket ultrasound imaging device that provides physicians and clinical personnel with earlier and faster clinical assessments at the point of care.

Updates

New SAMSUNG/GVI Security SmartDome Combines 36x Optical Zoom With 10-Minute Installation

The new 36x SmartDome system produces images that are free of glare & shadow over a wide range of illumination levels, takes less than 10-minutes to install, and is the finest weather & vandal resistant camera available for IP networks.