may 2006

Updates

Smiths Detection explosives-detection and chemical-identifier products deployed in New York transit system

Sabre 4000 and HazMatID systems purchased by New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA)

Updates

Statement by Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff on the Senate Vote for Comprehensive Immigration Reform

"Our borders represent an enormous security challenge -- as well as a vital economic lifeline -- protecting both will result in a secure and prosperous future for our nation." Secretary Chertoff

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Homeland Security's Pre-Positioned Disaster Supplies (PPDS) Program

FEMA has pre-positioned disaster supplies in hurricane prone, earthquake prone, and cities that have highly populous metropolitain areas. The goal in doing this is to substantially shorten the response times from incident to delivery of critical assets.

Updates

videoNEXT: NEW TECHNOLOGY IS CHANGING SECURITY STRATEGY FOR MILITARY, GOVERNMENT AND CORPORATIONS

Advancements in Object Tracking, Camera Management Vastly Improves Surveillance

Updates

MDI and Jenkins Security Solutions Team to Deploy Unified Security Convergence Solution for Major Hospital Client

First in a series of unified hospital security projects opens door to healthcare IT convergence engagements for premier security integrator.

Healthcare

The Creation of New Surge Capacity

by Michael Allswede -

Very few U.S. hospitals have enough beds, operating rooms, or the medical staff & equipment needed to deal with a truly major disaster. Many warnings have been issued, but no plans are yet in place to deal with a worst-case scenario.

Healthcare

A Long List of Questions; A Very Short List of Answers

by Jerry Mothershead -

The administration's development and release of an "Implementation Plan" to deal with pandemic influenza is a helpful start - but no more than that. Few if any states or cities are taking the steps needed to protect their citizens.

Commentary

A Message from the Publisher, May 24, 2006

by Martin Masiuk -

Immigration "reform"-however that term is defined- has suddenly become one of the most important and contentious issues on the U.S. political agenda.

Updates

RAE Systems AreaRAE Detection Networks Used for Venue Protection at the Kentucky Derby

AreaRAE toxic gas detectors were deployed at the 132nd Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on Saturday, May 6. The wireless detectors provided venue protection for spectators in the grandstands, as well as within the infield.

Updates

New Checklist Helps Long-Term Care and Other Residential Facilities Prepare for an Influenza Pandemic

This tool provides guidance for these facilities to assess and improve their preparedness for responding to pandemic influenza.

Updates

TSA (Transportation Security Administration) Issues New Regulations to Substantially Strengthen Air Cargo Security

One of several changes that TSA will be making is to consolidate its Known Shipper list into one central database. Other changes will require background checks of off-airport freight employees, and extend the secure areas of airports to include ramps and

Updates

Press Briefing by Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff and Other Government Officials on President Bush's Immigration Reform Plan

"It is not an economic pressure that can be addressed simply by dealing with more boots on the ground and more technology at the border, itself. We have to look at what's going on in the interior." Secretary Chertoff

Commentary

Lt. Gen. H. Steven Blum, Chief to the National Guard Bureau

by John Morton -

Among the topics covered: the Guard's role in incident planning; the need for interoperability with first responders; additional, and more effective, interagency training exercises; and multi-agency communications policies and procedures.

Reports

Federal Agencies have taken Some Steps to Validate Sampling Methods and to Develop a Next Generation Anthrax Vaccine

GAO reported that the vaccine has not been adequately tested on humans; no studies have been done to determine the optimum number of doses; the long-term safety has not been studied and data on short-term reactions are limited...

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TSA-Certified Canine Teams Begin Patrolling Baltimore Mass Transit System

Baltimore is among the first cities to have a full complement of three canines as part of a national program. The canine teams are part of a joint effort between the federal TSA and local MTA and MdTA.

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DHS (Department of Homeland Security) Issues Proposed Rulemakings for Transportation Worker Identification Credentials

"TWIC is designed to ensure that individuals posing a security threat do not gain access to our nation's ports," said Assistant Secretary Kip Hawley of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).

Updates

TEDCO, TCM and Indian Head Division, Naval Surface Warfare Center to Showcase More Than 20 Technologies Available for Commercialization

U.S. Navy technologies, ranging from an electromagnetic-pulse device that immobilizes vehicles to new approaches for protecting metals, are available to businesses for licensing and commercialization.

Updates

Response Biomedical and Shionogi Finalize Commercialization Agreement For RAMP Cardiovascular Testing in Japan

Rapid BNP Test For Congestive Heart Failure Receives Japanese Regulatory Clearance, Commercial Launch Scheduled For Second Quarter of 2006

Updates

President Bush Addresses the Nation on Immigration Reform From The Oval Office

up to 6,000 Guard members will be deployed to southern border, construct high-tech fences, build new patrol roads and barriers in rural areas, employ motion sensors, infrared cameras, and UAVs, increase federal funding for state and local L/E.

Updates

RAE Systems Partners with Aegison Corporation to Deliver Sensor Driven Digital Video for Security Applications

The first system to deliver chemical and radiation sensor data superimposed on the video recording in real-time.

Updates

HHS Awards Contracts Totaling More Than $1 Billion To Develop Cell-Based Influenza Vaccine

By using cell-based vaccine manufacturing, these companies are able to provide a reliable, flexible and scalable method of producing influenza vaccines.

Updates

Canada and the United States Strengthen North American Aerospace Defence Command

The new agreement will enhance NORAD by including a maritime warning responsibility in addition to its long-standing aerospace warning and airspace control responsibilities. This will allow a more complete picture of potential threats to North America.

Preparedness

The NCR's Homeland Security Plan for the D.C. Area

by Brian Geraci -

Plans and protocols, matrixes and models, setbacks and shortcomings - all are in a day's work for those entrusted to ensure, insofar as possible, the safety and security of Washington, D.C., and the surrounding suburbs.

Commentary

Dr. Denis Onieal, Superintendent, FEMA's National Fire Academy

by John Morton -

His views on how the NFA fits into the federal government's plans to fight terrorism. Also discussed: the standards set by the National Fire Protection Association, FIPS 201 credentials, and the personal identity verification card.

Reports

GAO(Government Accountability Office) - Federal Emergency Management Agency, Factors for Success and Issues to Consider in Organizational Placement

GAO believes that "future success is likely to principally depend upon focus, skilled leadership, clear roles and responsibilities, operational plans realistically exercised, and key resources appropriately and effectively deployed."

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American Red Cross Expands Capacity to Handle Disasters

The American Red Cross plans to expand its capacity to handle disasters by increasing stockpiles of supplies and plans to build partnerships with comminity groups.

Updates

Thermo Electron Adds the Orion 2-Star Electrochemistry Benchtop pH Meter to its Orion Star Series

Newest meter is more affordable and easier to use for general purpose pH measurement.

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DHS Drills for 2006 Hurricane Season

The table-top exercises will focus on several key preparedness and disaster response functions, including evacuations, sheltering, National Response Plan implementation, and National Incident Management System activation.

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Remarks by Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff at the Tactical Interoperable Communications Conference

"By the end of this year, each urban area is going to get a score card, a public score card, that will identity gaps and help us to determine the improvements we need to make in the near term." Michael Chertoff, Secretary Department of Homeland Security.

Reports

Management of Dead Bodies in Disaster Situations

"The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) is pleased to present this manual, which will be very useful for authorities and those responsible for disaster prevention and response." Mirta Roses Periago, Director, Pan American Health Organization

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Reports

2005 Mid Atlantic All Hazards Forum Report

Emergency preparedness officials from the Mid-Atlantic region created an event that crossed organizational and institutional boundaries, bringing a broad-based group of stakeholders in hazards preparedness, response and recovery, and homeland security

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Updates

Innerwall Launches Real-Time Security and Instant Restoration Software for Mobile Computing Devices

Secure Enclave is the only trust-based security solution providing real-time monitoring, management, alerting, and active quarantine, as well as completing the security lifecycle by instantly returning compromised devices to a prior compliant state.

Reports

President Bush Announces the National Strategy for Pandemic Influenza Implementation Plan

"[The] ... Federal Government has begun strengthening our ability to safeguard the American people in the event of a devastating global pandemic and helping to prepare the Nation's public health and medical infrastructure." President George W. Bush

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Scott Health & Safety Introduces the Pak-Tracker Firefighter Locator

New technology allows trapped and downed firefighters to be found anywhere.

Updates

Sceptor's Upgraded OMNI 3000 Air Sampler Delivers 30% Better Collection Efficiency

Efficiency Improves 15 points to 65%; University of Colorado study confirms benefits of glass contactor; new model will be demonstrated at AIHce.

Updates

Global Relief Technologies Partners with GeoEye for Timely Satellite Image Delivery to Emergency Responders

Now able to deliver timely satellite imagery to emergency relief workers operating in remote and often dangerous areas around the world.

Healthcare

Tags of Survival: The Start System

by Joseph Cahill -

The triage goal is to maximize the number of lives saved. But to do so requires some extremely difficult decisions from the EMT on the scene, particularly in mass-casualty incidents when time is limited and information is in short supply.

Healthcare

Triage Strategies for Hazardous Materials Mass-Casualty Incidents

by Duane Caneva -

What are the best indicators of victim survivability? The RPMs provide a few clues that can be used to START processing. But continuing updates and additional analyses are needed to improve the decision-making process.

Reports

GAO (Government Accountability Office): Department of Defense (DOD) Needs Consistent Policies and Clear Processes to Address the Survivability of Weapon Systems Against Chemical and Biological Threats

GAO is recommending modifications to DOD's current weapon system acquisition policy to ensure that weapon system chemical and biological survivability is consistently addressed.

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TVI Corporation Receives $1.1 Million International Order for British Protocol Mass Casualty Decontamination Systems

Order from Her Majesty's fire service inspectorate strengthens company's UK presence.

Reports

Hurricane Katrina: A Nation Still Unprepared - A Report Released by the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs

This report has four major sections: a narrative of what happened; findings; recommendations for changes;and appendices. The report recomends that FEMA be abolished and replaced with a new agency within the Department of Homeland Security.

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DHS Implements Immediate Measures to Secure Access to Ports

"It is fundamental that individuals who pose a security threat do not gain access to our nation's ports," said Secretary Michael Chertoff.

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DHS Names Lead Federal Officials for the 2006 Storm Season

"Designating these teams now will give state and local officials a chance to plan, train, and exercise with their federal counterparts before a disaster strikes," said Homeland Security Secretary Chertoff.

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Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Introduces Maritime Infrastructure Recovery Plan

The Maritime Infrastructure Recovery Plan would be implemented by the Secretary of Homeland Security in the event of a significant national transportation security incident.

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Homeland Security Officials Unveil Latest Radiation Technology to Secure our Nation's Seaports

These U.S.-made detection devices will provide CBP officers with even more tools to keep terrorists and terrorist weapons from entering the country.