march 2005

Updates

HAZMATCAD(TM) Plus HOMELAND SECURITY TECHNOLOGY VERIFICATION TESTING COMPLETED

The ETV Program develops testing protocols and verifies the performance of innovative technologies that have the potential to improve the protection of human health and the environment.

Updates

SMITHS DETECTION AND DELTANU FORM PARTERSHIP 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

Statement by DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff

on the Report of the Commission on the Intelligence Capabilities of the United States regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction

Reports

GAO - Aviation Security; Secure Flight Development and Testing Under Way, but Risks Should Be Managed as System Is Further Developed

GAO recommends that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) direct TSA to take several actions to mange risks associated with Secure Flight's development.

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Updates

United States Postal Inspection Service Selects GenPrime's Prime Alert for Expanded Bioterrorism Defense Response

The USPIS will use Prime Alert nationwide to analyze suspicious substances on "white powder" calls, where speed and accuracy are critical in determining whether or not a foreign substance is harmful in nature.

Updates

Fact Sheet: TOPOFF 3 Exercising International Preparedness

The United States, the United Kingdom and Canada are participating in interrelated exercises that develop an internationally streamlined and coordinated response to a series of simulated terrorist incidents.

Updates

Fact Sheet: TOPOFF 3 Exercising National Preparedness

DHS Announces, Top Officials 3 (TOPOFF 3) is the most comprehensive terrorism response exercise ever conducted in the United States. A full-Scale Exercise will take place from April 4-8, 2005.

Commentary

Needed: Smarter Security

by Neil C. Livingstone -

Since 9/11, many positive steps have been taken to better protect the American people, and the U.S. homeland, from new terrorist attacks. But some of those steps have been in the wrong direction, and others were unnecessary.

Preparedness

The North Shore - LIJ Approach to Patient Decontamination

by Rob Schnepp -

An all-hands effort is needed to set up and staff a decon line. Hoods and rubber gloves also are required, but the first essential step is gaining approval from upper management.

Healthcare

Hospital Staffing for Decontamination

by Joseph Cahill -

In the new post-9/11 world the emergency community can no longer afford the luxury of compartmentalization. Planning, cooperation, and training together all will be needed - along with additional funds.

Updates

Rep. Christopher Shays, Chairman of the House Government Reform Subcommittee on National Security, Calls for a Hearing on Anthrax Detections

Rep. Christopher Shays, Chairman of the House Government Reform Subcommittee on National Security, Emerging Threats and International Relations, today announced he will convene an oversight hearing April 5 to examine the federal response to anthrax detect

Resilience

Maryland, Georgia, Arizona, & Mississippi

by Anthony Lanzillotti -

This issue: Maryland focuses on assistance grants; Georgia assigns responsibilities to Homeland Security Task Force; Arizona continues TOPOFF4 planning; and Mississippi provides a full calendar of training options.

Reports

Transforming the FBI Progress & Challenges, a report by a Panel of the National Academy of Public Administration for the U. S. Congress and the FBI

An overview of the FBI's transformation, external reviews and recommendations for change, and this Panel's overarching findings, conclusions and recommendations concerning FBI transformation and the war on terrorism.

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Updates

Department of Homeland Security Announces Partnership with the United Kingdom and Canada for TOPOFF 3

TOPOFF 3, a Congressionally-mandated counterterrorism exercise for top officials. DHS will conduct the TOPOFF 3 full scale exercise in April 2005, with terrorist attack scenarios staged in Connecticut and New Jersey. Additional activities will occur in re

Reports

New York University Report on "The Critical Gaps in Organization and Deficits in resources for America's Medical First Responers"

"Despite the lessons of September 11, 2001,the EMS system's homeland security and disaster preparedness efforts have received inadequate recognition and support. EMS personnel, such as EMTs and paramedics, lack vital response equipment, training and educa

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Updates

Bulldog Technologies Announces LOI with iComPort of Iraq After Successful Pilot of TankerBOSS(tm)

Bulldog and iComPort enter into Exclusive Business Relationship to be Sole Reseller of the TankerBOSS(tm) Solution for the Oil Ministry of Iraq

Updates

REMARKS BY SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY MICHAEL CHERTOFF ON THE FUTURE DIRECTION OF THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

our strategy is, in essence, this: To manage risk in terms of these three variables - threat, vulnerability and consequence; to prioritize according to these variables to fashion a series of preventive and protective steps that increase security at multip

Reports

GAO Report on Gun Control and Terrorism

GAO Says, "FBI Could Better Manage Firearm Related Background Checks Involving Terrorist Watch List Records."

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Updates

CENUCO: MobileMonitor Now Available on 25 BREW(R) Handset Models

Special MobileMonitor retail package available in Latin America enables viewing of live, streaming video via cell phones

Updates

MSA Announces Successful Completion of HAZMATCAD Plus* Homeland Security Technology Verification Testing

testing protocols and verifies the performance of innovative technologies that have the potential to improve the protection of human health and the environment

Updates

AMERICA'S CRUMBLING INFRASTRUCTURE ERODING QUALITY OF LIFE

Report Card Assesses Condition of Nation's Infrastructure

Commentary

Rosie the Riveter and Homeland Security

by Martin Masiuk -

Rosie the Riveter was the poster girl for the U.S. arsenal of democracy that played a major role in the WWII Allied victory. She has been recalled to active duty in the U.S.-led global war on terrorism, and last week made a personal appearance at the Home

Healthcare

Materials Distribution in a Public Health Crisis

by Joseph Cahill -

From the Middle Ages to the present, the most useful, as well as cost-effective, tool in the emergency-management supply kit was, and is, common sense. Which means, in certain respects, considering all everyday tasks to be emergencies, and approaching all

Commentary

Port Security: A Mission Impossible for the U.S. Coast Guard?

by James D. Hessman -

More people and increased funding translate into quantum increases in USCG capabilities. But Admiral Collins warns that mission growth is greater than budget growth, the U.S. port system teems with likely suspects from cruise ships to fishing boats, and D

Commentary

Amit Yoran, Cyber Security Advisor

by John Morton -

The former RIPtech president and, later, head of the National Cyber Security Division at DHS, provides knowledgeable insights on, among other topics, the public-private cyber security partnership, the IT vulnerability assessment process, cyber security an

Resilience

Oregon, Nebraska, Tennessee, and Kentucky

by Anthony Lanzillotti -

A major terrorism exercise is scheduled for Portland, Ore., in 2007. Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha takes a long step forward in bioterrorism preparedness. Knox County intersection in Tennessee becomes a featured player in new SensorNet technology test

Updates

TSA Adds Lighters to List of Items Prohibited Beyond Airport Checkpoints

All lighters will be banned from sterile areas beyond security checkpoints at airports.

Updates

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Announces New Admission Stamp Design for U.S. Visitors

The new stamp was designed with special security features that make it harder for counterfeiters to alter travel documents.

Updates

MSA Introduces the Galaxy-Automated Test System

features that are needed in an automated recordkeeping and calibration test system, including ease of use, versatility, and durability

Updates

RAE Systems Announces RAELink2, Extends Sensing Capabilities of AreaRAE Wireless Networks to 3rd Party Products

Launch Enables AreaRAE Wireless Sensing Platform to Accommodate Third Party Sensors; Capabilities Used to Network Sensors at 2005 Presidential Inauguration