june 2005

Preparedness

Ludwig Benner: The Father of Modern HAZMAT Thinking?

by Rob Schnepp -

In the late 1960's, far too many firefighters were dying in the line of duty when the fires were fighting involved hazardous materials. One man, Ludwig Benner, realized that changes were needed, both in the way firefighters were being trained and in the

Preparedness

Electro-Muscular Disruption Technology and How it Works

by Jay Kehoe -

Shockingly enough, Tasers are becoming the most humane working tool available to law-enforcement personnel and correctional officers who have no choice but to use force in dealing with aggressive and/or demented individuals who are threatening the peace a

Commentary

Facilities Management in the Age of Terrorism

by Neil C. Livingstone -

Large public gatherings - specifically including baseball and football games and other entertainment events - are both an invitation to terrorists and a major challenge to security officials. The first rule is to build security into the sports/entertainme

Podcast

Marsha J. Evans, President of the American Red Cross

DomPrep.com’s John F. Morton and Martin Masiuk met with Retired Navy Rear Adm. Marsha J. Evans in June 2005 at the American Red Cross Headquarters in Washington, D.C. Admiral Evans detailed the Red Cross organizational linkages with DHS and State/Local EOCs for response planning. She also outlined a new initiative for community-based preparedness training and the mechanisms through which the American Red Cross (ARC) is developing the mass-care support function in local response planning.

Admiral Evans highlights the significance of this September’s National Preparedness Month as illustrative of the American Red Cross (ARC) partnership with DHS to develop preparedness at all levels. She also speaks of the NGO role in the development of HSPD-8 and the National Preparedness Goal.

Admiral Evans stresses the Red Cross role as a primary agency for mass care under Emergency Support Function 6 (ESF #6) – Mass Care, Housing, and Human Services – in the National Response Plan. She also outlines the linkages between the Red Cross and its Disaster Operations Center at ARC Headquarters and the Homeland Security Operations Center (HSOC) at DHS as well the linkages to state and local EOCs.

Admiral Evans discusses the Red Cross NGO training contract with Pearson Performance Solutions. She comments on Red Cross participation in the TOPOFF exercises as well as the ARC’s embrace of the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and how it will facilitate further collaboration between Red Cross and first responders. 

Admiral Evans predicts that NGOs will increasingly take part in the response planning process. Given its lead role for mass care, the Red Cross now has over 80 formal memorandums of understanding (MOUs) with other NGOs as well as business partners. Admiral Evans talks of the development of the Coordinated Assistance Network (CAN) and, under the NRP’s Catastrophic Incident Annex/Supplement (CIA/S), the Red Cross development of the Mass Care Catastrophic Planning Initiative.

Updates

GenPrime's broad-spectrum detection systems rise to forefront of bioterrorism response protocols nationwide.

Government agencies select GenPrime's Prime Alert for expanded bioterrorism defense.

Updates

MDI Security Systems Introduces iTRUST Intelligent Security Access Management Solution for Small to Mid-sized Organizations

The latest iTRUST software is the only market solution that allows simple one step automated configuration and connection to MDI's fully distributed IP Dual Door Controller (DDC II)

Updates

Panasonic Security Systems WJ-ND300 Network Disk Recorder

The WJ-ND300 offers scalable operation and ease of installing with an auto IP detection and set-up.

Updates

The Power and Versatility of Intelagard

Intelagard equipment provides optimal adaptability to effectively respond to multiple hazard events.

Updates

Thermo Launches Remote Monitoring Software Platform for Environmental and Nuclear Power Industry

Next-Generation System Provides Centralized, Real-Time Integration of Radiation Detection Instruments

Reports

FBI Respondes to Inspector General's Report

"Since 9/11, the FBI has undergone a transformation aimed at strengthening our ability to predict and prevent acts of terrorism. Throughout this process, we have incorporated feedback and recommendations from outside experts into our reform plans, and thi

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Reports

GAO - Emerging Cybersecurity Issues Threaten Federal Information Systems

"Federal agencies are facing a set of emerging cybersecurity threats that are the result of increasingly sophisticated methods of attack and the blending of once distinct types of attack into more complex and damaging forms. Examples of these include spa

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Reports

Office of the Inspector General Releases a Review of the FBI's Handling of Intelligence Information Related to the September 11 Attacks

This report is a redacted and unclassified version of the full report that the Office of the Inspector General completed in July 2004 and provided at that time to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Department of justice, the Congress, the Central In

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Updates

ELITE Simulation Solutions announces the ELITE G1000 Part Task Trainer

New training devices, outfitted with the actual Garmin G1000 hardware utilizing the now familiar 10.4" GDU 1040 PFD/MFD displays and being offered as standard equipment from several airframe manufacturers. Each device can be specifically configured with p

Updates

Thermo Electron Unveils Model 6600 Plus Passive Dosimetry System at 14th Annual International Conference on Solid State Dosimetry

Advanced Solution Boost User Productivity and Provides a Dependable Single Source for Active and Passive Dosimetry Requirements

Resilience

Virginia, North Carolina, and Wisconsin

by Anthony Lanzillotti -

Virginia develops free emergency resources for business, imposes security fees on incoming oceanborne cargo. North Carolina considers creation of a new bioresearch lab, adds to cutting-edge communications system. Wisconsin adds biological-agent detection

Commentary

Special Report: September Is National Preparedness Month

by James D. Hessman -

DHS and American Red Cross join forces in a major national effort to encourage all Americans to prepare for emergencies. The ultimate goal is to persuade "every individual, family, and household" to take personal responsibility for preparedness.

Preparedness

CERFPs: A New Resource for Emergency Response

by Christopher Schnaubelt -

The National Guard creates new units to deal with mass disasters. After the first responders come the WMD-CST teams, and behind them, providing a second protective shield for the American people, come the twelve CEFRP units, stationed in FEMA regions thro

Resilience

Asymmetric Warfare: Redefining Standard Terms

by Ashley Moore -

Chaos and confusion reign not just on the battlefield but also, particularly in recent times, in policy pronouncements, position papers, and the public consciousness. Principal problem is a proliferation of acronyms meaning almost the same thing - but not

Commentary

John Thomasian, Director, National Governors Association Center For Best Practices

by John Morton -

Director of the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices reports on the proceedings of last week's National Executive Forum for State Homeland Security Directors. Also included is a discussion of the so-called intelligence fusion centers.

Updates

MSA Orion Plus IR Detector Features Enhanced Versatility

With its patented IR sensor range, the Orion Plus is able to detect combustible gases in atmospheric as well as in inert applications.

Updates

Northrop Grumman Introduces New Vehicle Inspection Technology

The Under Vehicle Inspection System identifies threats and contraband concealed under a vehicle for increased security.

Updates

Panasonic Super Dynamic III Cameras Deliver The Most Intelligent And Extensive Performance

Panasonic System Solutions Company (PSSA), showcased the companys new line of Super Dynamic III (SDIII) cameras at an event staged in New York City to introduce the revolutionary camera technology.

Updates

Alexeter Announces Defender Reader: Hand-Held Biological Warfare Agent Detection

Truly hand-held, the Defender is field-ready instrument capable of identifying 8 biological warfare agents, there are more to come. Self-calibrating, the Defender is ready for use 30 seconds after you take it out of its case.

Updates

SEA Group develops PAPR, meeting the high air flow requierments in the coming NIOSH/CBRN standard

The Breath responsive unit work very similar to a NPFA approved SCBA and meets the same air flow requierments.

Updates

Allen-Vanguard Launches HAL Building Accessory Kit "Special rigging tools to assist with building access and clearance tasks"

Leading global CBRNE mitigation specialist Allen-Vanguard has enhanced its Hook & Line (HAL) EOD/IEDD rigging system with the addition of a Building Accessory Kit (BAK).

Updates

Smiths Detection and DeltaNu Form Partnership To Introduce Raman Hand-Held Chemical Analyzer For Emergency Responders

New Device To Complement Smiths Detection HazMatID Analyzers in the Identification of Unknown Liquids, Powders and Solids; Highly Accurate Analysis of Unidentified Substances.

Updates

BLU-MED Response Systems Introduces The Portable BLU-MED Bed

Outfitting disaster medical facilities with well-designed emergency equipment can make the difference in patient outcomes. Introducing BLU-MED Beds, a key ward component when preparing for patient surge following a terrorist event, bio/flu crisis or natu

Updates

SURVIVAIR Announces Pathfinder Availability

New Technology to Change the way Rapid Intervention Teams Perform

Updates

Bulldog Technologies Inc. Signs Service Agreement With Leading Mobility Enhancement Provider

The enactment of this agreement clears the way for Bulldog to launch commercial service in the US with their covert asset tracking device, the MiniBOSSTM. Bulldog is the first company to deliver a covert tracking, monitoring and security service with com

Updates

Tetracore Providing Biodefense Needs

Experience Counts! Founded by Former UNSCOM Inspectors and Leading DoD Scientists

Updates

EAI/Disaster Help Network A Comprehensive Public Response System Matching Helping Hands with Those in Need

created to help communities coordinate volunteers and donations and deploy these resources effectively across multiple jurisdictions during special event planning and emergency preparedness and response

Updates

ICOP Digital, Inc., Announces The ICOP Model 20/20 Digital In-Car Video System.

The ICOP Model 20/20 is a truly innovative design, as there is nothing in the trunk - the entire system fits in the dash. It provides up to 60 seconds of pre-event recording.

Updates

Idaho Technology Announces a New Hand-Portable Device for Real-Time DNA Identification of Biological Agents

Real-time thermocyclers and pathogen-specific reagents have become an essential component of conventional bio-terror defense capabilities.

Updates

Microsensor Systems, Inc Announces Their CW Sentry 3G 24/7 Chemical Agent Detector With Expanded Detection Capabilities

A third generation facility protection instrument, the new CW Sentry 3G provides improved sensitivity for nerve and blister agents at IDLH levels.

Updates

New Jersey Certifies Inficon On-line/Portable Gas Chromatograph for Field Water Monitoring

New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection certifies Scentograph Portable GC for on-line water monitoring of toxic chemicals.

Updates

Response Biomedical Wins Top Honors From Frost & Sullivan

RAMP System Earns Two Prestigious 2005 Technology of the Year Awards

Updates

Bruker Daltonics Announces Selection for Phase II of the ARFCAM R&D Project by the Department of Homeland Security

Phase II contract award for further research and development into the Autonomous Rapid Facility Chemical Agent Monitor (ARFCAM)

Updates

Hamilton County, Ohio to Field 210-Bed Portable Patient Care Center to Provide Mass Casualty Hospital Surge Capacity

The Alternative Care Center is an asset that can be deployed at the onset of any bioterrorism attack or other major emergency incident if it appears that large numbers of casualties might overwhelm the county's existing medical capabilities.

Updates

Department of Homeland Security Implements Stringent Security Plan for Opening Washington Reagan Airport to General Aviation

"Increased access and enhanced security are key elements of our strategy for Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport," said Rear Adm. David M. Stone, USN (Ret.), Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security for TSA.

Updates

Nation's Busiest Seaports to Have Complete Radiation Detection Coverage by End of 2005

RPMs are detection devices that provide U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) officers with a passive, non-intrusive means to screen containers, vessels or vehicles for the presence of nuclear and radiological materials.

Updates

Transcript of Press Conference with Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff and Interior Minister of Mexico Santiago Creel

"Our countries are neighbors, and as good neighbors, we work together in our mutual interest. That includes our mutual interest in prosperity, a healthy economy, trade, and mutual security." Secretary Chertoff

Commentary

Guest Commentary: Resolving

by Buck Somes -

GenPrime V.P. suggests a new paradigm for the handling of emergency calls - many of them hoaxes - reporting the presence of anthrax-like substances that might be cornstarch, baby powder, or coffee creamer. Or anthrax. The use of on-site broad-spectrum scr

Preparedness

Workloads and Respiratory Rates: The Key Factors In Respiratory Protection

by Rob Schnepp -

Breathing is not easy for anyone involved in the responses to and cleanup of hazardous materials. The task is much more difficult, though, when the equipment provided to first responders is less than adequate, and deficient in many other ways.

Healthcare

Coming Soon: A National EMS Administration?

by Joseph Cahill -

Today's EMS community is a full partner on the nation's homeland-security first-responder team, but gets short shrift in funding, in representation at the White House and on Capitol Hill, and in media attention. One way to even out the playing field might

Commentary

Capt. John Delaney, Arlington County (VA) Fire Department

by John Morton -

The leader of a cutting-edge team created to develop a new manual spelling out recommended fire-department responses to radiological incidents describes the team's modus operandi, which put particular focus on the establishment of exposure limits.

Resilience

Michigan, New York, Washington, and Florida

by Anthony Lanzillotti -

Michigan plays a perfect game before defending the Great Lakes; New York considers the purchase of an advanced helicopter for firefighting, rescue operations; the state of Washington conducts its first bioterrorism exercise; and Florida sets aside a speci