march 2006

Updates

Remarks by Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff at the American Chamber of Commerce in Singapore include Port Security and Trade

Addressing the American Chamber of Commerce in Singapore, Secretary Chertoff outlined the Department of Homeland Security's programs to safeguard American ports through better use of technology and closer cooperation with foreign governments.

Updates

Port of Cortes, Honduras becomes 44th Container Security Initiative Port

U.S. Customs and Border Protection will deploy a multidisciplinary team of officers to be stationed at the Port of Cortes to target maritime containers destined for the United States.

Updates

Berkeley Nucleonics New Radiological OEM Security Solution Allows for Seamless Integration into Existing Systems

Company introduces a miniature, power-conscious radiation detector with readily adaptable functionality suited to numerous security applications.

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InSitech licensed to commercialize PPPL-developed antiterrorism device

The system is specifically designed to identify, in real-time, gamma emitting radionuclides at levels slightly above background and in radiologically noisy environments.

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Reeves EMS holding Free Demonstration on Their Latest Mobile Medical Field Hospitals

Mobile medical field hospital demonstration to ask attendees: "What is Your Mass-Casualty Solution?"

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Roam Secure® Announces Partnership with ESi® Homeland Security Industry Leading Solutions WebEOC® and RSAN Provide End-to-End Emergency Incident Communication System

During a crisis, real-time information sharing is critical. Being able to reliably and easily communicate key information quickly and effectively is essential to keeping government leaders and first responders informed and the public safe.

Updates

Thermo Electron Introduces the High-Performance Interceptor

This is the first pager-sized instrument that enables anti-terrorism officials and other homeland security personnel to detect and identify possible nuclear threats.

Updates

Training in Harm's Way vs. Training with Harmless Hazards®

Emergency response personnel - in full turnout gear - who are required to step into harm's way, can train to interact with and respond to fires/flashover and HAZMAT/CBRNE/WMD emergencies.

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MDI Security Systems Receives Over $1 Million in Orders for Enterprise Customer Upgrades

MDI Clients and Integrators Continue to Demonstrate their Reliance on MDIs Award Winning Unified Security Solutions

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SafetyTech International Announces PureAir Bio Response Kit

Designed to protect users from biological contamination and the kit is NIOSH approved

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Draeger Introduces Small, Robust 1 to 4 gas detector for personal monitoring

The Drager X-am 2000 is designed for excessive wear and is intuitive to the user because of the 2-button control panel and straight forward menu.

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Alexeter Introduces the Defender TSR Biological Detection Instrument

The Defender TSR is the first truly hand-held biological detection & identification device, field-ready with a complete offering of 8 biological tests, with more to come.

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STC Animal Disease Surveillance System Helps Spot Outbreaks in Humans

STC developed the innovative Michigan Disease Surveillance System (MDSS) to overlay human and animal disease surveillance maps, providing visual indication of early stage outbreak.

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GE Security's New EntryScan4 Brings Superior Whole-Body "Trace" Explosives Scanning to Space-Constrained Facilities

New Compact Design Reduces Space, Floor-Loading Requirements While Improving Performance, Maintainability and Potentially Reducing Cost of Ownership

Updates

Intelagard Decontamination/Multi-Hazard Systems and Solutions

Intelagard offers a technological solution package that fills the capability gap in our ability to recover from the aftermath of a chemical/biological incident.

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Raytheon awards $900K contract to biometrics firm, ImageWare Systems

Companies to collaborate utilizing ImageWare's IWStm Biometric Enginetm Border Management product.

Updates

British Petroleum Selects TELENOR SATELLITE Services to Provide Global Communications

Pact with Telenor Potentially Includes BP's Entire Fleet of Ocean-Going Vessels and 10-15 Offshore Rigs and Floating, Production, Storage and Operations Units

Updates

L-3 Communications Acquires Two Leaders in Threat Detection for Military and Homeland Security Applications

State-of-the-art military and homeland security sensors from CyTerra Corporation and non-invasive security systems and portals from SafeView, Inc.

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Kansas City Metro Public Health & Hospitals Implement NexGenisys Health's MEDS|POD for Mass Dispensing of SNS Assets

The MEDS|POD system will be used by the hospitals to operate their mass dispensing clinics to provide prophylaxis to their employees (& families in some cases) in the event of a bio-terror, radiological, or pandemic event.

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Bulldog Technologies Announces Launch of RoadBOSS GTS Global Tracking Seal

The RoadBOSS GTS, (Global Tracking Seal) providing an unprecedented level of security for intermodal containers and trailers traveling across the nation or around the world.

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TVI Corporation Receives $286,000 Order from U.S. Army for PAPR Air Pressure Testers

The first large-scale order for TVI's LWMB testers.

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Remarks by Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff at the National Chemical Security Forum

"The reality is, in this country, the private sector owns and operates the vast majority of our nation's infrastructure, and that's certainly true with respect to chemicals." Secretary Chertoff, Department of Homeland Security

Updates

Coach2100 Announces First Online Communications Hub for Emergency Responders

First Customer -- City of O'Fallon, Illinois -- Is Now Rolling Coach2100 Command & Control System Out to Police and Firefighters, Ambulances and Paramedics; Soon to Public Works Department

Healthcare

EMS Hazardous Duty: Not for the Meek

by Joseph Cahill -

The members of EMS units are among the first to respond to major disasters in their home communities. They also are on the front lines of danger, particularly in HazMat incidents, and for that reason alone must be among the best prepared & protected.

Preparedness

Army Focuses Inland In Latest Realignment

by Brent Bankus -

A major reshuffling of U.S. First Army and U.S. Fifth Army roles and responsibilities will result in more military muscle being made available for homeland security and the increasingly important DSCA (Defense Support of Civilian Authorities) mission.

Healthcare

Rx: A Medical Support Plan for Homeland Defense

by Duane Caneva -

Federal, state, and local disaster-preparedness plans all emphasize the need for adequate medical support. But very little has yet been done to ensure that such support will in fact be available when it is actually needed.

Podcast

Jack Beall, Director, National Disaster Medical System (NDMS)

DomPrep's John Morton met with Jack Beall, Director, National Disaster Medical System (NDMS). The director of the National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) briefs the state-of-play in NDMS components. Citing the response to Hurricane Katrina as the largest deployment ever of NDMS assets, he draws parallels between NDMS and National Guard activations.

DMAT-101, Beall’s brief on Disaster Medical Assistance Teams

The federalization of DMAT teams; their responsibilities in mass-casualty events.

DMATs and Emergency Support Function #8 (ESF-8)

The pre-staging coordination and management of DMATs; equipment; increasing the self-sustaining mode from 72 hours to 120 hours.

DMATs Now Federally Sponsored

DMATs are no longer sponsored by local organizations but are now sponsored by the federal government and activated by NDMS.

Other NDMS Elements

Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Teams (DMORTs), Veterinary Medical Assistance Teams (VMATs), National Nursing Response Teams (NNRTs), etc.

NDMS Inter-Agency Linkages with ESF-8 Partners

Who is responsible for what; patient evacuations and the role of the 62 Federal Coordinating Centers (FCCs); the NDMS Noble Training Center in Anniston, AL.

Katrina Overview & Post Event Wrap and the 2006 NDMS Conference in Reno, NV (22-26 April)

How the conference www.ndms.chepinc.org will address lessons from the past year’s response efforts. Advance registration required.

Updates

BIO-key Awarded Contract by Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police for Statewide Data Sharing Initiative

BIO-key's MobileCop(TM) Solution offers access to additional Local and State Crime Information

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State of Illinois Awards $150,000 Grant to Help High-Tech Company Develop Homeland Security Product

The Nation's First State-Funded Grant Program Dedicated to Accelerating the Commercialization, Improvement and Production of Homeland Security Products

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Thermo Electron Introduces Top-of-the-Line Goring Kerr PROx

provides industry-leading brand protection against a wide range of defects including contaminants and product assembly errors.

Updates

bioMETRX, Inc. Commences Development of smartVEST(TM) Body Armor Enhancement System

New System to Extend Current Body Armor Protection That Utilizes Biometrics to Provide Immediate Medical Information for the Wounded

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The International Society of Respiratory Protection (ISRP) announces open registration for its 13th Biannual International Conference on Respiratory Protection for Health Care Workers, First Responders, and Emerging Hazards

The ISRP, an international organization of professionals with strong interest in respiratory protection, announces open registration for the 13th International Conference.

Updates

JW Fishers Announces The Ultimate Underwater Search Tool

These super sensitive metal detectors, first used in WWII to locate and track submarines, have today become the workhorse of any serious marine search operation.

Updates

GlobalOptions Group, Inc. Announces the Aquisition of James Lee Witt Associates, LLC a Public Safety and Crisis Management Consulting Firm

Dr. Harvey W. Schiller, chairman of GlobalOptions Group, "James Lee Witt Associates brings unparalleled expertise in disaster management, helping to round-out the menu of services we now can offer clients across the country and around the world..."

Reports

Department of Health and Human Services Pandemic Planning Update, A Report from Secretary Michael O. Leavitt

"We are in a race. We are in a race against a fast moving virulent virus with the potential to cause an influenza pandemic." Secretary Michael O. Leavitt

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Reports

GAO- Agencies Face Challenges in Implementing New Federal Employee Identification Standard

The President directed the establishment of a governmentwide standard-Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 201-for secure and reliable forms of ID based on "smart cards" that use integrated circuit chips to store and process data...

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Updates

HHS Buys Additional Antiviral Medication As Preparations for Potential Influenza Pandemic Continue

The HHS Pandemic Plan calls for the department, in concert with the Congress and in collaboration with the states, to ultimately acquire sufficient quantities of antiviral drugs to treat 25 percent of the U.S. population.

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New Checklist Helps Home Health Care Providers Prepare For An Influenza Pandemic

Recognizing that home health care providers will play an important role in caring for the sick during an influenza pandemic, HHS has developed a checklist to help these organizations assess their readiness to respond.

Updates

Thermo RadReachBack(TM) Communicates Radiation Threats

A Key Part of Emerging "Triad Spec" for Homeland Security Technology

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United States and Mexico Commit to Combat Border Violence and Improve Public Safety

To help prevent violent incidents, Secretary Abascal, Secretary Chertoff and Eduardo Medina-Mora, Mexican Secretary of Public Safety, have endorsed a multi-step plan for bi-national coordination during emergency situations.

Updates

TSA Appoints Dana A. Brown as the Assistant Administrator for Law Enforcement and the Director of the Federal Air Marshal Service

Dana A. Brown, of Virginia, to be the Assistant Administrator for Law Enforcement and Director of the Federal Air Marshal Service.

Updates

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Strengthening Port Security Salalah, Oman Becomes 43rd Container Security Initiative Port

The Port of Salalah will utilize large-scale and sophisticated radiological detection equipment to identify nuclear material under a provision with the U.S. Energy Department's MegaPorts Initiative.

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Pakistan to Participate in Container Security Initiative

The Port of Qasim will use remote targeting with real-time remote imaging of a container examination process, while incorporating a live video transmission/feed, to monitor the inspection process.

Updates

United States and Peru Sign Partnership to Secure and Facilitate Travel and Trade

The CMAA will be mutually beneficial to the U.S. and Peru by enhancing each country's ability to enforce customs laws.

Reports

DHS is Taking Steps to Enhance Security at Chemical Facilities, but Additional Authority is Needed

As part of a national framework for protecting the chemical sector, DHS is developing a Chemical Sector-Specific Plan.

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Healthcare

The Role of Medical Systems in Homeland Defense

by Michael Allswede -

U.S. medical system is the world's finest in many respects. However, few if any American hospitals are properly staffed & equipped to deal with this year's hurricanes, much less one or more new terrorist attacks that could cause thousands of casualties.

Healthcare

Isolation & Quarantine: How, When, and How Much

by Jerry Mothershead -

From the Black Plague through colonial days to SARS outbreaks, the practice of isolating infected people from the rest of society has been considered a necessary evil. It has not always been a helpful one, & healthcare professionals have paid the price.

Healthcare

Evacuation Planning: A Long, Long Way to Go

by Joseph Cahill -

The laws are in place, but are usually unenforceable. Transportation assets are available, but are almost always overcommitted. Clear mandates from local, state, & federal decisionmakers are obviously needed to restore order from the current chaos.

Commentary

Dennis Atwood, National Program Manager, MMRS

by John Morton -

The MMRS national program manager discusses the program & comments on how local MMRS managers are planning to use community resources to respond to mass-casualty events until external assistance arrives and is operational.

Updates

Rapiscan Systems Recieves Contract for Solid-State CT Systems for High-Speed Hold Baggage Screening

RTT120 has been designed to screen up to 1,500 bags per hour, or up to four times the speed of the currently deployed certified CT systems in U.S. airports