july 2008

Updates

Sceptor Industries Expands Senior Management Team

Richard Thomas joins Sceptor Industries as Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President. He will be responsible for the management, growth, and integration of global business operations for the company.

Resilience

Standards Organizations: A Helpful Road Map for Emergency Responders

by Diana Hopkins -

Where are standards these days? And who (or what agency) decides on them, determines their content, announces and implements them, and - if necessary and permitted by law - enforces them?

Healthcare

CDC's Career Epidemiology Field Officer Program

by Ruth Marrero -

The innovative CEFO Program represents a new national resource that is already being used by 21 states to strengthen their own epidemiological preparedness capabilities, with other states sure to follow in the near future.

Preparedness

Bournemouth Report: The Conference Where Nothing Happened

by Steve Fortado -

Working in close cooperation with the private sector - Thermo Fisher Scientific, to be more specific - the U.K.'s Dorset Police Department scored what Americans would call a "no hitter" at last year's Labour Party Conference in Bournemouth.

Updates

ILC Dover Receives NIOSH Approval on Quick-Loc Waist Belt for Sentinel XL HP

The enhanced belt features a low-friction thermoplastic elastomer that allows the user to smoothly and easily adjust the belt size. In addition, the smooth belt surface can be readily wiped clean with a number of standard disinfectants.

Updates

ICx Technologies Adds Stride Radionuclide Identification Detection Units and Systems to Its Sophisticated Roster of Detection Products

Stride Systems are designed to automatically screen people, luggage and packages at critical checkpoints, as well as entries into facilities, to detect the covert movement of special nuclear materials or weapons.

Updates

FEMA Announces 'QuakeSmart' Project for Post-Earthquake Business Purposes

QuakeSmart is designed to encourage business leaders and owners in areas of the United States that are at risk from earthquakes to take actions that will mitigate damage to their businesses and provide greater safety for customers and employees.

Updates

Joint Statement of Robert Hooks, Eric Myers, and Dr. Jeffrey Stiefel of the Office of Health Affairs Before the House Committee on Homeland Security on the Topic: One Year Later - Implementing the Biosurveillance Requirements of the 9/11 Act

"Our goal is to generate timely and comprehensive information about a biological event and put it into the hands of decision makers responsible for the continuity of society and government."

Updates

RAZOR EX Portable Pathogen Detection System from Idaho Technology Inc.

The RAZOR EX system is designed for detection and identification of biological agents. Created for first responders and front line military troops, it is easily operated while working in protective equipment under extreme conditions.

Updates

Bruker CBRNE Detection Business Receives Frost & Sullivan Technology Leadership Award for Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Technologies

Frost & Sullivan: "This award is presented to Bruker Daltonics in recognition of its extensive knowledge and experience in the development and manufacture of CBRNE detection systems based on a broad array of technologies."

Updates

Meta-Leadership Summits Build Relationships That Get Results

The objective of the Meta-Leadership Summits for Preparedness is to develop a cadre of business, government, and nonprofit leaders who are capable of and committed to leading across organizations and sectors during a crisis.

Updates

TSA Ramps Up Deployment of Advanced Technology X-Ray Machines, Passenger Imaging Technologies, and Liquids Explosive Detection

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has announced plans to install Advanced Technology X-Ray & Passenger Imaging machines at twenty-one of the nation's busiest airports by the end of 2008.

Updates

Raytheon Awarded $5.4 Million APCO P25 Radio System Contract

"Raytheon's ability to integrate a combined P25 radio system and data solution provides ATCO Electric with a turnkey solution to maximize our investment," said Sett Policicchio, president, ATCO Electric.

Updates

Honduras Deep-Water Port Security Scans 100 Percent of Containers Shipped to U.S.

Puerto Cortes is the largest and deepest port in Central America and is the only port in the Western Hemisphere currently scanning all inbound and outbound shipments for nuclear substances.

Updates

TruePosition Rapidly Expands Research and Development on Location-Based Safety and Security Solutions

The employees in the company's new research and development facility will work on developing innovative location technologies that will enable next-generation, location-based safety and security solutions.

Updates

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Announces New International Programs to Enhance Drug and Food Safety

"These programs will significantly increase our collaboration with international and private-sector partners to enhance the safety of imported food and medical products," Secretary Michael Leavitt said.

Updates

New National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center Opens in Virginia

The Departments of Homeland Security, Justice, and Commerce, and the Postal Inspection Service, open a command post to take joint action against counterfeiters and protect the intellectual property of Americans.

Preparedness

The All-Seeing Eye of Video Surveillance

by Gary Simpson -

Private-sector security forces have been growing both in numbers and in capability since the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Far too often, though, their working tools - detection & surveillance systems, primarily - are in urgent need of updating & modernization.

Reports

Home Health Care During an Influenza Pandemic: Issues and Resources

This report serves as a discussion piece for home health care agencies & others to consider in which every sector of the U.S. health care system must be prepared for the challenge of increased demand for services in the face potentially scarce resources.

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Healthcare

The Gap Analysis Tool: Building Blocks for Preparedness

by Kelly R. McKinney & Joseph Picciano -

Best-case estimates provide a shaky foundation for all-hazards disaster plans; worst-case estimates may cost more in the short term, therefore, but are a better working tool for post-incident response and recovery efforts.

Preparedness

NIMS Training Plans: An Effort Without End

by Stephen Grainer -

If eternal vigilance is the price of freedom, its twin, eternal preparation, is the price of readiness. And of prevention. And recovery, restoration, and resilience. Relaxation, though, is not even in the vocabulary.

Reports

GAO: Defense Space Activities - The Department of Defense (DOD) Needs to Further Clarify the Operationally Responsive Space Concept and Plan to Integrate and Support Future Satellites

This report discusses the extent to which DOD is developing ORS (Operationally Responsive Space) to support warfighter requirements and, with it, the department's plan to integrate ORS into existing DOD and intelligence community processes.

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Updates

Thermo Fisher Scientific Brings New Level of Efficiency and Accuracy to Mobile Radiation Survey and Detection

The Matrix ARIS mobile detection system offers real-time results for radiation survey, patrol, and isotope identification.

Updates

The BioPak 240 Revolution Closed-Circuit Breathing Apparatus From Scott Health & Safety

The BioPak 240 provides superior respiratory protection for first responders and rescue workers responsible for long-duration emergency applications.

Updates

SCM Microsystems Breaks New Ground With New CHIPDRIVE Contactless Time Recording Solution

CHIPDRIVE Time Recording Touch & Go allows employees to clock in, clock out, and record time spent on specific projects with a mere touch of the CHIPDRIVE user-chip token to the time-recording terminal - eliminating the need to carry and swipe time cards.

Updates

Rapid Responder Receives First Endorsement for a Crisis Management System from the National Sheriffs' Association

Rapid Responder provides first responders with instant access to critical facility information to help save lives and protect property. The system has been deployed to more than 10,000 buildings across the country.

Updates

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Joins EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) in Partnership to Protect Nation's Water Supply

The CDC recently became the first federal agency to join the EPA's WaterSense campaign to protect the future of the U.S. water supply by promoting and enhancing the market for water-efficient products and services.

Updates

Prepare for 2008 Hurricane Season

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) & the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have been working closely with state & local governments and relief organizations to remind residents & businesses in coastal areas to make emergency preparations.

Reports

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Offers Guidance on Emergency Responder Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for Response to CBRN (Chemical, Biological, Radiation, Nuclear) Terrorism Incidents

This document provides local, state, and federal emergency response agencies with comparison information on the OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) protection levels A, B, and C for personal protective equipment.

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Reports

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Releases Annual Project BioShield Report to Congress on Public Health Emergency Preparedness for Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) Threats

This report shows how Project BioShield facilitates & expedites the research, development, acquisition, & availability of medical countermeasures to respond to the adverse effects of public health emergencies involving CBRN threats.

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Updates

University of Saskatchewan-Led Team Designs New Vent-Design Lab

Researchers at the University of Saskatchewan (U of S) have opened a new engineering lab to design a ventilation system that could protect schools, hospitals, and other public buildings from chemical-warfare and bioterrorist attacks.

Updates

Balaton Group to Acquire MotoSAT, Leading Provider of Satellite Antenna Solutions

"We are enthusiastic about the MotoSAT business & feel that the company's technical leadership & showcase-manufacturing capabilities in the United States position the company well for expansion into global markets," said Robert Kubbernus, Balaton CEO.

Updates

FoxFury's Breakthrough LED Mega Spotlight: As Powerful as '7 Car Headlamps'

The Sunbolt 6's LED technology offers instant full power lighting when powered On, eliminating the need for a warming up period.

Reports

Government Accountability Office (GAO) - Nuclear Safety - Nuclear Regulatory Commission's Oversight of Fire Protection at U.S. Commercial Nuclear Reactor Units Could Be Strenghtened

GAO recommends that NRC obtain & monitor data on the status of compliance with its fire-safety regulations, & also address long-standing fire-safety issues concerning interim compensatory measures, fire-wrap effectiveness, & multiple spurious actuations.

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Updates

University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) Demonstrates Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Technology at Manufacturing Engineering Workshop

RFID is an automatic identification technology that stores and remotely retrieves data using devices called RFID tags or transponders.

Updates

Bruker Daltonics maXis: A Revolution in Mass Spectrometry

The new maXis is the first and only instrument available today that delivers high-resolution, exceptional mass accuracy, as well as outstanding sensitivity and dynamic range - all at fast chromatography speed.

Healthcare

Sorting It All Out: Triage, CERT, and EMS

by Joseph Cahill -

Community Emergency Response Team members are often the only medical "reserve" available to a community hit by a mass-casualty incident. But, like the medical professionals they are helping, they face some difficult questions impossible to answer.

Updates

GE Security Announce Immediate Availability of Advance Personal Identity Verification (PIV) Card Readers

The versatile PIV (Personal Identity Verification) access control solution is designed to help customers meet Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 requirements.

Updates

US Army's Rapid Equipping Force Awards $3.5M Contract for Defenshield Mobile Defensive Fighting Positions

The US Army's Rapid Equipping Force (REF) recently requested over 250 Defenshield Mobile Defensive Fighting Positions (MDFPs) be deployed to high-threat combat zones in the Middle East.

Updates

New Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Canine Teams will Significantly Enhance Air Cargo Security at Dulles Airport

These civilian TSA teams will be deployed to Dulles International Airport to search cargo that is bound for passenger aircraft.

Updates

Transportation Security Administration Supports National Capital Region Cooperative Inter-modal Transportation Security Exercise

Participants were given emergency situations that ranged from suspicious activity to known terrorist threat scenarios. Each participant discussed their respective rolls during these scenarios and collaborated on how to work together.

Updates

Leading Government Services and Software Development Firm, ElanTech, Wins Major DHS Technology Contract

ElanTech and Murray State University are to develop and deliver, by 2010, an Incident Management Decision Support System (IMDSS) - an interoperable, web enabled, geospatially oriented incident-management communication software system.

Updates

Over 400 Delta Scientific DSC2000 Barricades Deployed

"The DSC2000 is one of our more popular products because, due to its shallow foundation, the arrays can be quickly set up to protect an entrance," said Delta Scientific Senior Vice President David Dickinson.