june 2008

Updates

Shared Spectrum Company (SSC) Successfully Demonstrates Enhanced, Frequency-Agile Military Radios

To demonstrate the capabilities of the DSA technology on multiple hardware platforms, SSC installed the DSA software on fielded tactical radios and demonstrated the frequency, agility, and robustness of its technology.

Updates

DuPont Launches Kevlar XP with More Bullet-Stopping Power

Dupont's Kevlar XP consistently stops bullets within the first three layers of a vest designed with a total of 11 layers. The remaining layers absorb the energy of the bullet, resulting in less trauma, or backface deformation, to the vest wearer.

Updates

Smiths Detection Launches Hand-Held Vapor Detector for Chemicals Commonly Used in Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs)

The SABRE EXV, using Smiths Detection's proven Ion Mobility Spectrometry (IMS) technology, is a lightweight portable device that can detect and identify explosive substances, including peroxide-based chemicals, in as little as 10 seconds.

Healthcare

Politics and Science: A Glowing Combination?

by Jerry Mothershead -

How does a democracy work? Not always quite the way it should, particularly when substantive evidence has been presented for only one side of an issue and the media compensates by giving more, and more favorable, publicity to the other side.

Resilience

Proven Reliability: Always the Most Essential Consideration

by Diana Hopkins -

EMS Buyer Beware! Price is always an important factor in the purchase of high-tech systems and devices, but the first and absolutely most important factor must be performance. In other words, it either works as advertised, or it does not.

Commentary

Containing the Threat: Eleven Million Challenges

by James D. Hessman -

CBP falls short in its efforts to start implementing the "100-percent screening" mandate issued by Congress. The issues involved are numerous, costly, and extremely complicated. Nonetheless, failure is not an option.

Updates

Security Leader Advanced Detection Technology Awarded U.S. Army Contract

The LowCam Under-Vehicle Surveillance System inspects the undercarriages of vehicles and enables the systems operator to conduct real-time comparisons of images, from different visits, of the same vehicle.

Updates

New Jersey's Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Task Force Event; Strategy and Equipment Now in Place for Post-9/11 Medical Response

Members of the New Jersey Emergency Medical Services Task Force demonstrated more than twenty pieces of specialized equipment that first responders will use in the event of an emergency.

Updates

Federal Emergency Management Agency's Citizen Corps Forms Partnership with American Association of Community Colleges

A newly formed affiliation between FEMA's Citizen Corps and the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) will help to promote and improve community emergency preparedness, disaster-response training for the public, and volunteer service.

Updates

St. Louis University School of Public Health Announces Three One-Week/On-Site Bioterrorism Courses

The three courses cover Global Terrorism in the 21st Century, Bioterrorism and Safety for Laboratories, and Bioterrorism and Emerging Infectious Diseases.

Updates

EADS North America Begins UH-72A Light Utility Helicopter Deliveries to the U.S. Army National Guard

The UH-72A provides a modern helicopter for use in the Army National Guard's state and national homeland-security missions; its introduction will enable the retirement of aging OH-58 and UH-1 rotary-wing aircraft.

Updates

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Issues Draft Environmental Impact Statement on Proposed National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF)

The proposed NBAF is a joint DHS effort with the Department of Agriculture that would establish a state-of the-art high-security laboratory facility to study both foreign animal & zoonotic diseases (diseases that can be transferred from animals to humans)

Updates

Transportation Security Administration Announces New Airport Airside Security Initiative

The Airside Vulnerability Reduction Team program will strengthen the coordination of work by TSA and its law-enforcement, airline, and airport-security partners to reduce vulnerabilities to airport airside operations.

Updates

HGH Infrared Systems Launches in the United States with Market's First Long-Range 360-Degree Infrared (IR) Camera

The IR Revolution 360 is a panoramic infrared camera designed to replace multi-camera perimeter security systems that have traditionally required several single or dual-head cameras set to pan, tilt, or zoom within a fixed field of view.

Updates

Alion Awarded $34 Million in First Year of Potential $187 Million Department of Defense (DOD) Logistics, Maintenance, and Supply Support Contract

Alion will provide total lifecycle systems management for business processes incorporating the planning, implementation, execution, and retirement of DOD's Logistics, Maintenance, and Supply Support (LMSS) activities.

Updates

MSA's New left/RIGHT Ear Muffs Designed to Fit the Individual User

left/RIGHT is the first ear muff designed so that the left muff differs from the right to provide a better fit.

Updates

Belgium Customs Purchases CANBERRA Germanium ASP System for Use in Secondary Screening at Port of Antwerp

The CANBERRA Germanium ASP system has superior identification capabilities and is the only technology that can, with the highest degree of certainty, confirm the presence or absence of SNM (Uranium or Plutonium) or a Radiological Dispersal Device (RDD).

Healthcare

Military and Civilian Burn Management: Lessons Learned

by Christopher S. Holland -

The U.S. military and civilian medical communities mingle, mix, and learn from one another, particularly in the highly specialized, but extremely important, field of burn care.

Updates

Remploy Frontline's Survival Evolution for CBRN First Responders

The Frontliner/CR1 Ensemble is the ideal solution for all emergency services working in a highly contaminated CBRN environment; it provides a high level of fire retardency, & ruggedness, in a breathable garment system that is comfortable to wear.

Preparedness

Interim Housing Following Disasters: The FEMA Temporary Housing Program

by Kay C. Goss -

The once-maligned Federal Emergency Management Agency displays determination as well as imagination in its innovative plans to provide temporary housing for those suddenly homeless in future times of disaster.

Updates

ESi Opens New Emergency Management Training Facility

ESi University is a facility for emergency-management training specializing in ESi's WebEOC, the first Web-enabled collaborative crisis-information system, which provides real-time information sharing to facilitate decision-making in emergency situations.

Updates

Discover the New HAWK-FR Stand-Off Detector From Bruker Daltonics

The HAWK-FR is a low-cost, lightweight, easy-to-use chemical agent stand-off detector with scanner.

Updates

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Provides Tips to International Travelers During Busy Summer Season

To help make travelers' trips as trouble-free as possible, CBP provides some common-sense tips for international travel.

Updates

Missouri Department of Public Safety Implements Latest Version of NC4's E Team

Immediately upon deploying E Team for flood-recovery efforts, Missouri saw a vast improvement in communications between local- and state-level emergency managers, resulting in a more efficient recovery process than in previous disasters.

Updates

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Finds That Some Bird Flu Strains Have Acquired Properties That Might Enhance Their Potential to Infect Humans

CDC recently released the results of a study suggesting that some North American avian influenza A H7 virus strains have properties that might enhance their potential to infect humans as well as their potential to spread from human to human.

Updates

GE Security's MobileTrace Helps Iredell County Sheriff Identify Narcotics-Tainted Cash

MobileTrace is a handheld trace detection instrument capable of simultaneous detection of both explosives and narcotics.

Updates

Department of Homeland Security to Upgrade Homeland Security Information Network

This enhancement will provide a secure and trusted national platform for "Sensitive But Unclassified" (SBU) information sharing and collaboration between federal, state, local, tribal, territorial, private-sector, and international partners.

Updates

Allen-Vanguard Receives $35 Million U.S. Order for Electronic Counter-Measures Equipment

Allen Vanguard has received an order from General Dynamics Armament & Technical Products to supply spares for vehicle mounted electronic counter-measures equipment ("ECM" or "jammers") for a U.S. Department of Defense customer.

Preparedness

GIS & GPS: Making 'Police Presence' More Precise

by Rodrigo Moscoso -

The global positioning system & the geospatial information system - a technological marriage that has profound implications for law enforcement, national defense, & homeland security. But there are some potential pitfalls that also should be recognized.

Healthcare

Plan Nationally, Respond Locally

by Joseph Cahill -

Flexibility, common sense, and operational efficiency are the hallmarks of the new National Response Framework, which builds on the solid but sometimes too rigid foundation of its predecessor doctrine, the National Response Plan.

Updates

Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) Celebrates Decade of Training

Created from an idea to prepare state and local emergency responders from acts of terrorism, involving Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD), the CDP has become a premier federal training facility offering a unique hands-on training experience.

Updates

Smiths Detection Launches Advanced Handheld Chemical Identifier

The HazMatID Ranger is a new portable chemical identifier specially designed for diverse field operations requiring quick and easy identification of unknown solids or liquids.

Updates

ICx Technologies' Advanced BioDefense R&D Lab Named One of Southern Oregon's Most Innovative Companies

ICx Technologies announced that its advanced research and development lab, located in Grants Pass, Oregon, has been named one of the 21 most innovative firms in Southern Oregon by the Southern Oregon Regional Economic Development, Inc. (SOREDI).

Updates

Defenshield is Pleased to Announce a Strategic Partnership with North American Specialty Glass (NASG) - A Premier Transparent Armor Supplier

The partnership will allow Defenshield to offer additional transparent armor solutions to its military, law enforcement, and government customers, particularly those with armored vehicle transparent armor needs.

Updates

Ronald Colburn, Deputy Chief of the Border Patrol Announces State of the Agency

Border Patrol has made significant accomplishments while securing our nation's border to protect Americans against the entry of terrorists while maintaining their traditional mission.

Updates

U.S. Fire Administration Announces The National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) Self-Study Now Available

NFIRS, an online self-study course, is the comprehensive method for detailed tracking of fire, emergency, and related incident responses.

Updates

Secure Waters LLC is Offering Price Reductions for Marine Industry Businesses

All members of the Marine Industries Association of South Florida, The Miami Marine Council, The Marina Mile Association, and the Maritime Security Council price reductions on security equipment and services.

Updates

U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Announces Customer Service Improvements to Entry Process for International Travelers

The Global Entry pilot program is a customer service and security program designed to expedite the screening and processing of pre-approved, low-risk travelers entering the United States.

Updates

Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Announces Enhancements to Airport ID Requirements to Increase Safety

The initiative is the latest in a series designed to facilitate travel for legitimate passengers while enhancing the agency's risk-based focus - on people, not things.

Updates

University of Albany Announces Adapting Standards of Care Under Extreme Conditions Satellite Broadcast

Participants will be able to describe the continuing role of basic standards of practice during extreme conditions and develop specific strategies to guide health professionals during and after emergency situations.

Preparedness

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Updates

Gemalto Delivers Electronic Alien Resident Cards to Taiwan

The contactless cards are the first electronic identification documents built on the strengths of electronic passport technology and are the first foreigner identification cards in Asia.

Updates

DuPont Personal Protection Introduces Its New NFPA 1994 Class 2 Certified Tychem BR

The new DuPont Tychem BR Class 2 garment helps provide increased vapor and liquid protection without full encapsulation, thereby making it easy to use and more affordable than a fully encapsulated garment.

Healthcare

Developing Competency for Disaster Medical Response Situations

by Michael Allswede -

The treatment of victims of mass-casualty incidents is probably the greatest challenge facing the U.S. medical community - but, in most of the nation's medical schools, ranks lowest on the academic priority list.

Updates

Avon Protection Systems Lands $112M U.S. Government Mask Contract

Avon has been appointed by the U.S. government to supply M50 military respirators to all four U.S. armed forces under the U.S. Joint Services General Purpose Mask (JSGPM) program.

Updates

The Louisiana Department of Social Services (DSS) Offers First Look At Hurricane Evacuee-Tracking System

The state's newly purchased Web-based software system, EWA Phoenix Crisis Management Tools, will allow DSS to quickly and efficiently register evacuees who need state-assisted transportation, and to track their whereabouts throughout a disaster.

Updates

iSECUREtrac Renews Contract with Tennessee Board of Probation & Parole

iSECUREtrac has received an extension contract to provide GPS tracking for high-risk offenders by the state's Board of Probation & Parole in a project funded under an agreement with the State of Tennessee.

Updates

Pennsylvania's Cambria County Activates Next-Generation Wireless Communication Network Designed by CONXX

The highly versatile network enables the county to utilize a single, carrier-grade network for county government, education, public safety, commercial, and residential applications.

Updates

RAE Systems Introduces Next Generation Photoionization Detector for Compound-Specific Applications; UltraRAE 3000 Measures Benzene at 50 Parts Per Billion

The UltraRAE 3000 is intended for use in many industrial environments including confined-space entry, pre-screening during refinery and plant maintenance, hazardous- materials response, marine spill response, and refinery downstream monitoring.

Updates

U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Announces Pre-Travel Authorization Program for U.S.-Bound Travelers From Visa Waiver Countries

DHS has announced implementation of the ESTA Interim Final Rule (IFR), which establishes a new online system that is part of the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) and is required by the Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007.

Updates

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Provides More Than $1 Billion to Improve All-Hazards Public Health

This funding will help public health departments, hospitals, and other healthcare organizations strengthen their ability to respond to public health medical emergencies precipitated as a result of terrorism or a naturally occurring event.

Updates

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Announces the Development of an Environmental Health Shelter Assessment Tool

This tool will assist environmental health practitioners in conducting a rapid assessment of shelter conditions during emergencies and disasters. The tool covers 14 areas of environmental health.