july 2006

Reports

Pandemic Flu School Action Kit from Contra Costa Health Services

This planning kit includes school responses, planning checklists, guidelines to stop the spread of germs, key phone numbers and websites.

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Reports

GAO - TSA Oversight of Checked Baggage Screening Procedures Could Be Strengthened

This report addresses (1) how TSA prioritized the use of checked baggage screening procedures,(2) how TSA reported use of the procedures and (3) what steps TSA took to reduce airports' need for alternative screening.

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Updates

Nanovapor Demonstrates Rapid Suppression of Explosive Gases

industry must take special care to ensure that empty tanks are secure from terrorist attack

Updates

Minister Day and Secretary Chertoff discuss progress on security issues

Minister Stockwell Day and Secretary Michael Chertoff discussed a range of issues including strengthening security, land pre - clearance, improving emergency management and facilitating cross-border trade and travel.

Updates

Remarks by Border Patrol Chief David Aguilar and National Guard Bureau General Steven Blum on Operation Jump Start

Since the deployment of the National Guard to the U.S./Mexican Border, technology has improved. Narcotic arrests and seizures have increased while death tolls have decreased.

Updates

Katrina Workshop Cites National Standards as "Critical" for Emergency Preparedness

The July 12 event brought together experts to further national discussion of how standards, accreditation, and certification programs can help support the key recommendations from the major federal reports on the Katrina aftermath.

Updates

Small, remote-controlled Robot searches to destroy Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) devices or place a sensor to identify chemical, biological or similar threat.

The R-500 is specifically designed for repeated use in reconnaissance and surveillance to identify and destroy IED and other threats.

Preparedness

NIMS: Is Better Coordination Needed?

by Brian Geraci -

A national master plan had to be developed to cope with future disasters affecting the U.S. homeland. Issuance of the NIMS presidential directive seemed a positive step, but funding & political problems have raised doubts.

Updates

Moose Boats Delivers M2-33 Fire/Rescue Boat to Northport Fire Department

NFD selected a catamaran hull as it provides a stable platform for dive and rescue/recovery operations as well as for critical patient care.

Preparedness

Some NRP Changes Made - More Are Needed

by Christopher Doane and Joseph DiRenzo III -

The creation of a National Response Plan to coordinate the activities of the state, federal, & local agencies of government responding to a major disaster was a bold step in the right direction.

Updates

DoD Announces Certification for WMD-CST Teams in Four States

These teams are fully ready to assist civil authorities in responding to a domestic weapon of mass destruction incident and possess the requisite skills, training, and equipment to be proficient in all mission requirements.

Updates

NYPD Purchases Smiths Detection Advanced Portable Explosives Detection Equipment

Sabre 4000s enables NYPD to quickly and non-intrusively screen subway pPassengers for explosives.

Updates

Telenor Satellite Services Unveils Emergency Communications Response Kit

Suitcase-sized kit enables voice, data and internet communications for continued operations during emergencies, crisis, and disaster recovery.

Updates

Response Biomedical Completes U.S. Distribution Network for RAMP Cardiovascular Products

RAMP Cardiac Tests are now commercially available throughout the United States through distributors including Cardio Medical Products, Kentec Medical, and LXU Healthcare.

Reports

NACCHO's Local Health Department Guide to Pandemic Influenza

This guide is intended for use by local health departments as part of a multi-sector effort to coordinate planning and response to a pandemic influenza outbreak.

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Reports

OSHA Announces That the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Along With the FBI, Has Launched a New "Protect Your Workplace Campaign"

The program is designed for all businesses, as well as government agencies, and features a series of four posters that focus on such issues as robberies and break-ins, computer intrusions and corporate espionage, and identity theft.

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Updates

Border Patrol and Texas National Guard Launch Next Phase of Operation Jump Start in Rio Grande Valley

The guardsmen will provide critical law-enforcement support in manning detection equipment on the border as well as in command centers.

Updates

Statement of Support by Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff on the Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism

"Our nations are expanding the global fight against nuclear terrorism by enhancing the international community's ability to detect nuclear materials and radiological substances." Secretary Chertoff

Updates

Response Biomedical's BNP Test for Congestive Heart Failure Launched in Japan

Response Biomedical Corp. announced today it has shipped 100 RAMP Readers to Shionogi & Co., Ltd. for commercial sale in Japan, with the balance of the order to be shipped this summer.

Updates

Canberra Awarded Contract From The U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Canberra was awarded an $11.7 million contract for the next generation of portal monitors. The company will provide Advanced Spectroscopic Portals (ASPs), which help deter the smuggling of illicit nuclear materials.

Preparedness

The WMD-CST Program: A National Success Story

by Jonathan Dodson -

Special Report on the successful implementation of an innovative plan to provide federal support - National Guard & Air National Guard personnel and resources, primarily - to states and cities coping with mass casualties and/or widespread destruction.

Preparedness

NIMS: A Paradigm Shift for Law Enforcement

by Gary Simpson -

Despite initial concerns, the director of Annapolis Office of Domestic Preparedness reports major gains in federally mandated & funded plan to "enable first responders across the nation to work together in an interoperable response environment."

Updates

North Carolina to Host SpecOps 2006: Warfighter Symposium & Expo

Exhibits, demonstrations, & workshops scheduled are designed to enable attendees to explore emerging technologies, products & services enhancing the war-fighting effectiveness, efficiency, adaptability, utility, & mobility of special operations forces.

Updates

Cubic and GE Security Support Successful First Test of Public Transit Explosives-Detection System

Automatic fare-collection system with integrated explosives-detection capability undergoes operational testing in Baltimore pilot program.

Updates

Department of Homeland Security Selects Thermo for Rapid and Accurate Detection of Radiological Threats

Installation of Thermo's most advanced radiation-detection portals at security checkpoints strengthens national security.

Updates

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Proposes Information-Sharing Improvements to Prevent Terrorists from Boarding Flights Bound for U.S.

The advance transmission of such information will give DHS more time to identify potential threats, then coordinate with airlines and foreign law-enforcement agencies to block suspect persons from boarding or remove them from the aircraft before takeoff.

Updates

DHS Announces Major Investment in Next-Generation Radiological Detection Equipment

"This advanced equipment will greatly enhance our ability to manage risk and focus on the greatest threats, particularly those presented by nuclear and radiological elements." DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff

Updates

DHS Launches Updated Emergency-Preparedness Web Site

Citizens can use the new website to find the information and resources needed to help keep themselves and their families safe in the event of an emergency, either manmade or natural.

Updates

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Receives First EC120 Helecopter

"The addition of the EC120 is an important step in our efforts to modernize CBP Air and Marine fleet of aircraft in order to accomplish our mission," said Michael Kostelnik, Assistant Commissioner, CBP Air and Marine.

Podcast

Admiral Thad W. Allen, USCG, Commandant, U.S. Coast Guard

DomPrep’s John F. Morton met with Admiral Thad W. Allen, USCG, Commandant, U. S. Coast Guard. The Coast Guard Commandant, probably best known for his role as the federal coordinator for the 2005 Katrina and Rita recovery operations, discusses the Coast Guard’s interagency and intergovernmental linkages that serve and improve national preparedness.

Interagency Lessons Learned from the Katrina Response

How the Coast Guard is “bureaucratically multi-lingual” in matters of port security. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) focus on improving the department’s interagency unity of effort. How the Katrina flooding required, under the National Response Plan, a shift of tactical control beyond the authority of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Unity of Effort vs. Unity of Command

The need to clarify, codify, and institutionalize the operational and command relationships among and between the FEMA coordinator, the principal federal official (PFO) in the area of an incident of national significance, and the Joint Task Force (JTF) commander. How the federal response to Katrina divided New Orleans into sectors and assigned federal support resources to local authorities on the basis of deployed capabilities. The Coast Guard’s experience in “brokering solutions” and in partnering. Coast Guard/Navy joint scenarios. Examples of maritime operational threat responses, the role of the captain of the port, and the similarity to oil-spill responses. How DHS force packaging concepts are being developed.

Deepwater C4ISR and Homeland Security

New sensor packages for commonality, interoperability, and networking. Converging the Common Operating Picture, command centers, Rescue 21, and the Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA) plan. DHS joint-requirements successes: the joint handgun acquisition; merged requirements for Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the Coast Guard; and radiation portal monitors. 

Coast Guard Intel Linkage

How intel career paths are “exploding” within the Coast Guard. The linchpin relationship, and collocation of USCG intel with naval intelligence. Interaction with the FBI in maritime-threat responses – e.g., Coast Guard boarding teams supported by FBI hostage rescue teams (HRTs). 

Personnel Security and Credentialing 

Restructuring the merchant mariner licensing program and vetting processes via the National Maritime Center. The Transportation Workerentification Credential (TWIC), with enrollment now beginning in late December. The prototyping of wireless technology for Coast Guard boarding teams to give them access to existing databases and information sources – e.g., the US-VISIT program.

Seahawk and Other C2 Test-Beds

The four main port security command-and-control “business models” (Charleston, San Diego, Hampton Roads, and Miami), and how they align with local environments. The intent to use these models to arrive at a common concept of operations for Command Center 2010.

Further Discussion of Interagency Linkages

How the Coast Guard is using Coast Guard Reserves and the Coast Guard Auxiliary to support the homeland-security mission. Why FEMA should remain in DHS (to facilitate force packaging with the Coast Guard, for example). The Coast Guard’s role in border security, particularly in the Southwest area of CONUS. The Coast Guard’s role as the national first-responder agency.

Healthcare

The ABCs of NIMS and the ICS

by Joseph Cahill -

EMS agencies have been assigned major new responsibilities under both the NIMS and the ICS. The key to "mission accomplished" will be the ability of agencies from adjoining states to submerge personal identities & work toward a common goal.

Updates

RAE Systems Acquires Assets of Aegison Corporation for $2 Million

Purchase expands capabilities to include integrated digital video surveillance and sensor solutions.

Healthcare

Interpol's New Bioterrorism Guide: Incident Pre-Planning and Response

by Michael Allswede -

The world's largest international police organization has developed and is disseminating a new "how-to" manual to help member agencies cope with the increasingly lethal threat posed by transnational terrorist groups.

Updates

EnviroGuard Secures First UL Listing For Battery Spill Containment Systems

Test protocol ASTM-E648 stresses SLABS to double energy level of flashover.

Reports

Government Accountability Office (GAO) - Investigators Transported Radioactive Sources Across Our Nation's Borders at Two Locations

GAO testimony discloses the results of undercover tests made by its investigators to determine whether monitors at U.S. ports of entry detect radioactive sources in vehicles attempting to enter the United States.

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United States and Canada Announce Results of Operation Frozen Timber, a Multi-Agency Probe Targeting Cross-Border Aerial Drug Smuggling

During the course of Operation Frozen Timber, U.S. and Canadian enforcement teams intercepted more than 17 drug loads, including one shipment in February 2005 involving five suitcases packed with 149 kilograms of cocaine.

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Updates

Lebanese-US Government Cooperate and Disrupt Plan to NY/NJ Transportation System

The FBI and the Internal Security Forces of Lebanon have disrupted a terrorist network that was planning an attack against the transportation system in the New York-New Jersey area.

Updates

DHS Fact Sheet: Securing Our Nation's Rail Systems

Since and because of the 9/11 attacks against the United States, the 7/7 London subway bombings, and the Madrid rail bombings, DHS has taken a number of steps to manage risk and strengthen the U.S. rail system in several ways.

Updates

MSA ALTAIR Pro Detector is a Rugged, Reliable Monitoring Solution

The ALTAIR Pro Single-Gas Detector has a simple intuitive operation, small rugged design, and dependable technology that is there when you need it.

Updates

ASDWA Security Update Summer 2006

ASDWA tests national water security performance, how to utilities can prepare for a pandemic, and much more in this most recent release.

Commentary

Publishers Message; First Half of 2006 Exceeds Expectations

by Martin Masiuk -

Shifting to a weekly format, providing timely, concise solutions from professionals to professionals has been a hit with a growing audience.

Updates

Department of Homeland Security Completes National Infrastructure Protection Plan

DHS plan provides a comprehensive risk-management framework that clearly defines critical-infrastructure protection roles and responsibilities for all levels of government, private industry, nongovernmental agencies, and tribal partners.

Updates

DHS Fact Sheet: Securing Our Nation's Borders

The use of radiation detectors, sensors, cameras, and biometric information dramatically increase the likelihood of apprehending criminal or terrorist elements attempting to enter the U.S. homeland.