march 2007

Updates

Science and Technology Directorate Establishes TechSolutions Program to Support Emergency Response Community

TechSolutions, a new program established by the DHS's Science & Technology directorate, will support the first responder community by accelerating delivery of emerging technologies.

Preparedness

Ensuring Preparedness: The Risk-Management Approach

by Timothy Beres -

States seeking federal preparedness assistance funds must first submit highly specific preparedness reports - which is easier said than done. A "gap analysis" is needed, several important questions must be answered, and periodic tests must be scheduled.

Commentary

Communicating in a Crisis Is Different

by Barbara Reynolds -

Crises and catastrophes are and will continue to be among the eternal verities of human life. Coping with them successfully requires effective communications - clear, concise, confident, and comforting.

Updates

UN-Backed Portable Device Could Revolutionize Bird Flu Detection

The kit can be adapted to detect the strain of bird flu, including H5N1, which has led to the deaths of hundreds of millions of poultry and infected almost 300 people, more than 60 percent of them fatally.

Updates

Bioscrypt to Unveil 3D Face Recognition Technology at ISC West

With the acquisition of A4Vision, Bioscrypt is the first company to offer off-the-shelf finished readers for both finger and 3D face biometrics for use in physical access control.

Updates

E-Z-EM's RSDL Product Approved for Procurement by U.S. Defense Department

The decision, known as Milestone C, clears the way for deployment of RSDL to war-fighters as DOD's next-generation skin decontaminant for protection against chemical weapon agents.

Updates

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the State of Washington Team Up to Advance Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative

This pilot program will enhance the security of state drivers' licenses and potentially serve as an acceptable alternative document for crossing the U.S. land and sea borders.

Updates

ICx Technologies Establishes Value Added Reseller (VAR) Program

ICx surveillance products are designed to proactively identify threats before they cross a perimeter or border.

Updates

Alabama A&M University Research Institute Main Focus in the Field of Domestic Preparedness is in Pattern Recognition

Alabama A&M University Research Institute is the research arm of an HBCU in Huntsville, Alabama. Most of its work in domestic preparedness is in pattern recognition along with a focus on great and celebrated individuals in radar and electromagnetic wave.

Updates

RAE Systems Offers New Chemical Sensors and Stainless Steel Enclosures for AreaRAE

The stainless-steel AreaRAE options are designed for more rugged deployments in hazardous environments that need intrinsic safety certification and where the potential for sparks must be eliminated.

Preparedness

Public Safety and Pandemic Influenza - Planning for the Inevitable

by Mary Beth Michos -

Many Americans think the threat of a pandemic flu is over, so have let down their guard. But it isn't, and they should not have. It could strike suddenly, move fast, over a wide area, and wreak death and destruction throughout the entire world.

Reports

U.S. Department of Transportation: Using Highways During Evacuation Operations for Events with Advance Notice, Routes to Effective Evacuation Planning Primer Series

This primer is intended as a tool to aid local and State planners in maximizing the use of the highway network in the development and execution of evacuation plans for their communities, States or regions.

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Reports

FBI, Agricultural, Chemical, and Petroleum Industry Terrorism Handbook

This handbook will provide the reader with the applicable federal laws and the threat that exists from those individuals and groups who would use the agriculture, chemical, or petroleum industries to kill, maim, or destroy our citizens, and communities.

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Reports

Government Accountability Office (GAO) Maritime Security: Public Safety Consequences of a Terrorist Attack on a Tanker Carrying Liquefied Natural Gas Need Clarification

Concerns have been raised about whether LNG tankers could become terrorist targets, causing the LNG cargo to spill and catch on fire, and potentially explode.

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Updates

Exostar Extends its Secure Identity Services to Federal, State and Local Agencies

Identity management is a top priority for government agencies. News coming this week from Exostar makes the goal managing digital credentials across multiple card systems achievable and cost-effective, with the ability to scale as growth requires.

Updates

Simulation Education Services Announces Desktop Exercises Designed Around HRSA and CDC Grant Deliverables

Scenarios include pandemic flu, Anthrax Small Pox, dirty bomb and natural disasters. All exercises are conducted via Internet and audio conferencing and are compliant with Joint Commission and HSEEP standards.

Updates

Coast Guard to Train for Post-911 Missions in High-Tech Facility

"This state-of-the-art training facility will provide our Coast Guard and Navy crews the skills and expertise they need to sail our newest, most capable ships into the 21st century," said Vice Admiral Vivien S. Crea.

Updates

DHS Awards High-Tech Research Contracts to 22 Small Businesses

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Science and Technology (S&T) directorate announced the selection today of 22 small businesses to participate in technology contracts that will increase innovation and creativity in research and development

Updates

TSA Launches Airport-Wide Security Surge - Program Greatly Increases Screening of Airport Employees

TSA began randomly screening employees working in secure areas of the airport approximately one year ago at 20 airports, and broadened the program early last fall. Now, roving groups of officers screen employees on a random and unpredictable basis nationw

Updates

AVON Protections' New C50 Respirator Gains NIOSH CBRN Certification, Meets Special Needs of Law Enforcement for CBRN Protection

When equipped with the appropriate filter, the C50 mask protects against a range of CBRN threats, including chemical warfare agents, toxic industrial materials, biological and radiological hazards, and riot agents.

Reports

Government Accountability Office (GAO) Nuclear Nonproliferation: Focusing on the Highest Priority Raddiological Sources Could Improve DOE's Efforts to Secure Sources in Foreign Countries

GAO is making several recommendations to DOE to better prioritize sites to be selected for security upgrades and strengthen program management practices, including developing a long-term sustainability plan to protect DOE's investment in security upgrades

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Updates

Announcing the 2007 Canberra Homeland Security Regional Training Sessions

This two-day course also will allow regional groups to learn and gain an overall knowledge of what is happening with regards to the latest radiation detection and measurement methods and instruments throughout the regional areas.

Updates

TVI Corporation Receives Order for Surge Capacity Systems From Lehigh Valley Hospital and Health Network

TVI's Pneumatic Mobile Surge Hospital is a stand-alone system that includes a 20-bed pneumatic shelter, trailer/storage, generator and HVAC. This system provides the ability to rapidly respond to a major public health emergency in its community.

Updates

U.S. Food and Drug Administration Issues Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Strategic Plan

This plan coordinates with and complements the President's National Strategy for Pandemic Influenza, the Implementation Plan for the National Strategy for Pandemic Influenza, and the Department of Health and Human Services Pandemic Influenza plan.

Healthcare

Personnel Staffing in Times of Disaster

by Joseph Cahill -

Three modes of operation, two of which might strain the trained EMS personnel resources immediately available but would not overwhelm them. Preparing for the third mode, a sudden mass-casualty scenario, must be done carefully and thoughtfully.

Updates

DuPont Nomex® Marks 40 Years of Safety and Protection

Nomex® is an inherently flame-resistant, high-temperature fiber that will not melt, drip, or support combustion in air. It also provides outstanding resistance to a broad range of chemicals and is offered in paper, felt, fabric, and fiber forms.

Commentary

Courtney B. Banks, Vice President, Homeland Security, Raytheon Company

by John Morton -

Her views on how Raytheon is leveraging its world-class technological capabilities to upgrade U.S. homeland security. Specific comments on several systems now in production or in the RDT&E pipeline.

Updates

AVON Protection Systems Integrates International Safety Instruments' (ISI) Product Lines into AVON-ISI

The AVON-ISI integration offers customers a broader product line, a deeper technology base, and the expertise of an international company with a strong history of providing quality products and technologies to a variety of markets.

Commentary

A Long Litany of Difficult Questions - But No Short and Easy Answers

by James D. Hessman -

DPJ's editor in chief comments on several important homeland-defense and national-security issues now in the news, and asks some relevant questions not usually addressed by the national media - and either evaded or ignored by the members of Congress.

Updates

HHS Launches New Online Toolkit for Medical Responses to Radiation Emergencies

The new information package includes easy-to-follow procedures for the diagnosis and management of radiation contamination & exposure, guidance in the use of radiation medical countermeasures, and a variety of other ways to facilitate medical responses.

Updates

Remploy Launches CBRN Protection for Warmer Climates

Remploy Frontline has devised a new garment-protection system that can be worn for extended periods in a hot and humid environment. The Cougar is designed and tested to offer multi-hazard CBRN protection in all operational environments.

Updates

Savi Networks Partners With Modern Terminals Limited to Extend SaviTrak to Its Port Terminals in Hong Kong

The Savi Networks project for RFID-based information services automatically monitors the security, status, and condition of cargo container shipments.

Updates

Attensity Law Enforcement Analyst Desktop Solution (LEADS) to Help Federal, State, and Local Agencies Fight Crime

The new text analytics desktop solution (LEADS - Law Enforcement Analyst Desktop Solution) accelerates an agency's ability to follow leads, make arrests, and close cases.

Updates

National Computer Forensic Institute Unveiled

The institute will serve as a national cyber crimes training facility where state and local police officers, as well as prosecutors and judges, will be offered both training opportunities and instruction in the latest equipment available.

Preparedness

CONTOMS: The Attributes of Excellence

by Joseph Steger -

In the field of training, the Counter Narcotics and Terrorism Medical Support program, transferred in 2004 from DOD to DHS, has no peer in preparing its graduates to operate in dangerous and unstable environments.

Commentary

Colonel Patrick Sharon, USA, Deputy Director, Joint Requirements Office for CBRN Defense

by John Morton -

Sharon discusses current CBRN projects, his office's support for the WMD-CSTs, the JRO role in technology experimentation, TIC/TIM threats, and the Joint Biological-Agent Detection System.

Updates

Department of Homeland Security Tests First Responder Credential Capabilities

The demonstration, known as Winter Storm, was a multi-jurisdictional test to verify the integration and interoperability of credential system attributes such as qualifications, authorizations, certifications, and privileges.

Updates

Delta Ships First Mail-Screening Security BioBooth

Self-contained, prefabricated, pre-wired, and UL-listed, the BioBooth mail-screening booth was designed to permit inspectors to safely receive and open mail, isolating the rest of the staff and facility from exposure if bio-hazards are present.

Updates

Wisconsin State Patrol Tests Raytheon Channel Controller

The P25 channel controller converts analog radio channels to P25 digital channels, allowing users to economically replace conventional analog communication systems with the modernized P25 digital system.

Updates

DHS Issues Proposal for States to Enhance Drivers' Licenses

The REAL ID requirements were developed in accordance with recommendations made by the 9/11 Commission that Congress passed into law, and will enhance the security and integrity of drivers' licenses.

Updates

CBP Border Patrol Sends Search-and-Rescue Resources to Tornado-Torn Georgia

A total of 12 Border Patrol Emergency Medical Team members from El Paso provide assistance in the area near Americus, Ga., as part of a national effort to assist in recovery and clean-up operations in that community.

Updates

Los Angeles Fire Department Uses ADASHI First Response for Event Management at the Academy Awards

The Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) used ADASHI First Response software to assist in the security arrangements during the 79th Annual Academy Awards ceremonies.

Updates

MDI Receives $25.3 Million Initial Order for Deployment of Products and Professional Services to Stratis Authority's Learn Safe Program

The first phase of the Learn Safe solution will be delivered to multiple security-minded school districts that value the safety and security of their employees, students, and parents.

Updates

Anne Arundel Community College Offers Homeland Security Training, Credentialing

Career changers and traditional-age college students alike are enthusiastically enrolling in Anne Arundel Community College's homeland-security classes.

Updates

University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) offers Executive Master of Sciences in Crisis and Emergency Management (ECEM) Degree Program

How do you add value to your operational experience? Combine it with academic knowledge in UNLV's unique and marketable Master of Science program. Designed specifically for you as a crisis and emergency manager, it takes just 18 months to complete!