january 2008

Updates

Central US Earthquake Consortium and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to Host Post Earthquake Public Health and Medical Issues Course to Support New Madrid Catastrophic Planning Initiative

This class is an overview of public health concepts related to the earthquake threat in the New Madrid Seismic Zone (NMSZ), & is open to first responders, medical and public health officials, emergency managers, & others concerned with public issues.

Updates

ICx Releases Enzyme-Based Chemical Agent Detection Spray

Agentase Disclosure Spray pinpoints the exact location of agents on surfaces, allowing decontamination teams to accurately focus their regimens. Post-decontamination, the spray helps ensure that affected areas have been thoroughly cleaned.

Commentary

Thomas J. Lockwood, Senior Advisor, DHS Office of Screening Coordination

by John Morton -

How does the department manage, and reconcile, the complex and politically difficult task of identification security with privacy needs, site-access requirements, and the National Incident Management System process?

Reports

Take the Lead: Working Together to Prepare Now

A report from Pandemicflu.gov. This kit was developed by the Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control and is designed to provide key information and tools to help organizations to understand and prepare for a pandemic fl

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Updates

National Response Framework (NRF) Released

The NRF, which focuses on response and short-term recovery, articulates the doctrine, principles, and architecture by which the US prepares for and responds to all-hazard disasters across all levels of government and all sectors of local communities.

Healthcare

Business and Personal Preparedness - the Key to Collective Survival

by Adam Montella -

Small businesses have big problems - during and in the aftermath of incidents causing damage to their facilities, inventories, and supply chains. The Homeland Security & Defense Business Council recognizes the problem & is doing something about it.

Updates

Intelagard Inc. Announces Two New Products - The SwiftCAF ATV System and the Intercept

The SwiftCAF ATV System and the Intercept can be used for decontamination and hazmat remediation as well as fire suppression.

Updates

Bruker's RAID-XP Receives Designation from the Department of Homeland Security

The RAID-XP rapidly identifies over 20 chemical agents, provides real-time gamma radiation readings, monitors chemical vapors and radiation, and can monitor hazmat sites on a 24/7 basis.

Preparedness

Reducing the AN Threat: Congress Acts to Prevent Murrah Bombing Repeat

by Joseph Steger -

A commonly used agricultural compound, ammonium nitrate (AN), was the principal ingredient in the homemade "weapon" used in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing. After years of debate and delay, AN is finally coming under much tighter government control.

Preparedness

Coordination and Command Policies for Mass Evacuations

by Kay C. Goss -

When unexpected disaster strikes, many citizens head for the high ground. But they will not get there if state & local leaders have not agreed, ahead of time, on the policies to be implemented, the routes to be followed, & the safety rules to be enforced.

Updates

Statement by Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff on the Appointment of an Assistant Secretary for State and Local Law Enforcement

Secretary Chertoff announced that, as the department's first Assistant Secretary for State and Local Law Enforcement, Sheriff Edmund M. "Ted" Sexton will be the chief DHS liaison with state and local law-enforcement partners.

Reports

Improving Surveillance Infrastructure for Terrorism Detection: The 8-Cities Project Resource Materials

This resource guide - presented by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) - focuses on strengthening key components of traditional public health surveillance along with guidance for developing public health alerts, advisories, and/or updates.

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Updates

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Announces Preparedness Coordinator for the Pacific NorthWest

Patrick Massey, the new preparedness coordinator, will be responsible for strengthening, integrating, and institutionalizing the region's preparedness efforts to prevent, protect against, and recover from disasters.

Updates

Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties to Leverage NC4's E Team

E Team, an information-sharing tool, empowers emergency managers in the region to work together in preparation for, and response to, critical incidents, as well as for both planned and unplanned events.

Updates

Disaster Response & Recovery Equipment, Technology and Service Providers Continue to See DRRE as a "Can't Miss" Event!

Filled with over 70 exhibitors from all regions of the United States, the products and services planned for the event continue to mirror the breadth and growing sophistication of the equipment and technology available to first responders.

Updates

DHS Ends Oral Declarations at Borders, Reminds Travelers of New Procedures Starting on January 31

This change primarily affects U.S. and Canadian citizens who have previously been permitted entry by oral declaration alone, and marks the transition toward standard and consistent documents for all travelers entering the country.

Reports

Preparing and Protecting Security Personnel in Emergencies, a Guide from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

This document specifically addresses emergencies involving hazardous-substance releases and provides guidance for employers, and their security personnel, who may be involved in the emergency response.

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Updates

Cogent Innovations and Lisle Technology Partners Awarded Grants from Homeland Security Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center (HSIEC)

"Technology advancements designed to improve our preparedness and respond to potential and existing threats is key to successful homeland security," said Bret Johnson, director of HSIEC.

Preparedness

The Management of Mass-Fatality Incidents

by August Vernon -

Reverence, respect, professional expertise, and detailed planning - all are among the essential tools needed by state and local planners to successfully deal with the aftermath of a major disaster causing a large number of deaths and injuries.

Commentary

Moulage Casts Reality With Mock Injuries

by Shannon Arledge -

An ancient & honorable Renaissance word is put to good use at FEMA's Center for Domestic Preparedness, where moulage artists replicate broken arms, cuts, bruises, & other injuries to make first-responder training more realistic and more effective.

Updates

Customs and Border Protection Issues Proposes Rule Requiring Additional Cargo Information

The security filing - also known as "10+2" - represents another step in the Department of Homeland Security's strategy to better assess and identify high-risk shipments to prevent terrorist weapons and materials from entering the United States.

Updates

Anne Arundel County, Maryland, Contracts with CompuDyne's Tiburon Unit for $6.6 Million Public Safety System

The system includes Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD), Law Enforcement & Fire Records Management, Investigative Analysis, Mobile Communication, Institutional Management, and Civil Process systems to support local law-enforcement and firefighting agencies.

Updates

Neutral Tandem Reinforces Commitment to Nation's Telecommunication Infrastructure

The leading tandem provider announced its compliance with the Government Emergency Telecommunications Service (GETS) for Neutral Tandem's IP-based switching architecture.

Updates

Department of Homeland Security Releases REAL ID Regulation

The rule sets uniform standards that enhance the integrity and reliability of drivers' licenses and identification cards, strengthen issuance capabilities, and increase security at driver's-license and identification-card production facilities.

Updates

Customs and Border Patrol Creates New Position to Protect U.S. Agriculture

Deputy Executive Director Kevin Harriger is charged with ensuring a more consistent application of agriculture inspection policies at all U.S. ports of entry.

Updates

Cross Match Makes Strategic Investment in AssureTec Systems

AssureTec's patented authentication software automatically identifies over 1,600 ID credentials worldwide, then automatically applies document inspection tests for the particular type of document being examined.

Updates

ALTAIR 4 - The New Multigas Detector from MSA

The new ALTAIR 4 is the only portable gas detector to offer both MotionAlert and InstantAlert features.

Healthcare

Regional Hospital Coordination: Common Sense Made Mandatory

by Theodore Tully -

Private-sector U.S. hospitals are finding out that working more closely with one another in the new Age of Terrorism, as now required by law, is not only a prudent policy but also a sound business practice as well.

Commentary

Election-Year Realities, and the Promise of Change

by James D. Hessman -

The 2008 presidential election year could be the most important in U.S. history. All of the major candidates are promising "change" - but are usually short on specifics. An important point to remember is that not all change is for the better.

Updates

Fidelica Microsystems Inc. Announces Biometrically Authenticated Smart Card

Fidelica's smart card is the first in the industry to provide fingerprint imaging, enrollment, and authentication data contained entirely within an ISO 7810/16-format smart card.

Updates

LA Conference to Highlight Homeland Security Needs for First Responders

The conference will highlight the technology needs of police, fire, and emergency-management personnel at all levels of government in the United States and internationally.

Updates

Arkansas Department of Health Sets New Record for Mass-Dispensing Flu Exercise

The purpose of the drill was to exercise the state's mass-dispensing plan, which is designed to ensure that health professionals & volunteers are prepared to vaccinate and/or dispense medications to a large number of people in a very short period of time.

Reports

Evaluation of Consumer Personal Protective Equipment: Emergency Escape Masks - a Report Issued by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

The CPSC staff determined the testing considered to be the most important in evaluating effectiveness. That testing focused on function, human-factors issues, durability, and flammability.

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Reports

Government Accountability Office (GAO): Border Security - Despite Progress, Weaknesses in Traveler Inspections Exist at Our Nation's Ports of Entry

The GAO examined Customs & Border Protection traveler inspection efforts, the progress made, & the challenges that remain in staffing & training at ports of entry & the progress CBP has made in developing strategic plans & performance criteria.

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Healthcare

EMS Operations at Alternate-Treatment Vaccination Centers

by Joseph Cahill -

In a mass-casualty incident involving the rapid spread of dangerous diseases the most effective immediate defense will be a massive vaccination program. But who will do the vaccinating? No one knows for sure.

Preparedness

COTPs Updating Port Plans to Combat Maritime Terrorism

by Christopher Doane & Joseph DiRenzo III -

U.S. ports and harbors are among the most vulnerable as well as most important targets for would-be terrorists. Protection of the U.S. maritime system is therefore now the primary mission of the Coast Guard's already overtaxed Captains of the Port.