november 2007

Reports

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Fact Sheet - Interstate Mutual Aid and Assistance: Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) Tips for the Water Sector

This fact sheet was created in response to requests by utilities and other water-sector stakeholders for more information about options for interstate mutual aid, specifically the Emergency Management Assistance Compact, or EMAC.

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Updates

Dallas County Deploys NC4's E Team

Featured is an incident-management software program that provides a common operating picture.

Commentary

Spores: The Threat of a Catastrophic Attack on America

by Neil C. Livingstone -

The first anthrax terrorist attack on the United States was relatively minor. Now a second attack, exponentially more lethal, is almost certain. When, not if, it happens, the decision makers in Congress & the White House will have only themselves to blame

Preparedness

A New NIMS Challenge: Train to Compliance, or Train for Competence?

by Stephen Grainer -

Should a state train its first responders to meet federally-mandated "compliance" criteria (and thereby become eligible for future funding), or to develop true/new operational capabilities?

Preparedness

The Vile and Versatile Internet: A New Tool for the Cyber-Savvy Terrorist

by Joseph Steger -

The well educated Islamic fundamentalist knows that the Internet is just as useful as truck bombs & passenger aircraft in killing Western infidels of all ages, ideologies, & political persuasions.

Reports

Public Health Emergency Response: A Guide for Leaders and Responders

A guide on public health responses to emergencies that is specifically tailored for public officials (e.g., mayors, governors, county executives, emergency managers) and first responders.

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Reports

Government Accountability Office (GAO): Vulnerabilities Exposed through Covert Testing of Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) Passenger Screening Process

GAO investigators found that they were able to pass through TSA security screening checkpoints undetected with components for several explosive devices. In this report GAO discloses weaknesses with the TSA's screening procedures that need to be addressed.

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Updates

Rontal Announces Handheld Extension of Its Incident Management System, Enhancing Command and Control Capabilities

"The new handheld extension greatly improves the response capability of security personnel in any emergency situation, enhancing situation assessment and handling," says Eli Passi, head of Rontals product group.

Commentary

The Mid-Atlantic All-Hazards Forum - Hugely Successful

by James D. Hessman -

Those who attended the regional conference in Baltimore earlier this month found it eminently worthwhile and developed a long list of solutions to current problems - and an even longer list of new dangers and difficulties lurking just over the horizon.

Preparedness

Licensing Standards for Emergency Shelters

by Kay C. Goss -

Hurricane Katrina was the largest post-emergency sheltering operation in U.S. history - which implemented some common-sense guidelines that state and local governments can use to build, manage, and pay for their own emergency shelters.

Updates

Columbia Southern University Adds American Jail Association (AJA) to Growing List of Learning Partners

This partnership allows AJA members and their immediate families to receive educational benefits including a tuition discount, application fee waiver, and textbooks at no cost. Partners are also promoted on the CSU website and in marketing materials.

Updates

University of Kentucky Offers Three New On-line Disaster Preparedness Courses for Veterinary Professionals

Three new free on-line disaster preparedness courses offered are: Animal Emergency Management Principles for Veterinarian Professionals, Biosecurity and Physical Security for Veterinary Professionals, and County Agricultural Response Teams.

Updates

NC4 Announces E Team Connect

E Team Connect easily manages localized, all-hazard emergency events and incidents, and empowers agencies to share information with other agencies in surrounding jurisdictions during an area-wide crisis.

Updates

Cohu Electronics Develops Exterior Dome Camera Line With IP-Encoding and High-Speed Positioner

The i-dome.net is an evolution of Cohu's popular i-dome camera line and is designed to be a more reliable and is a significantly higher performing CCTV camera than conventional dome cameras.

Updates

RAE Systems Introduces MiniRAE Lite Photoionization Detector for Volatile Organic Compounds

The MiniRAE Lite is the third in a series of third-generation photoionization detector (PID) based instruments. Bringing one more PID instrument to the safety and environmental remediation market.

Updates

FREE WEB SEMINAR Emergency Response: Weathering the Storm Through Public and Private Collaboration

Join the leaders of The All Hazards Consortium for an informative Web seminar discussion sponsored by IBM on how your region can work together to address the complex issues facing emergency management and homeland security.

Updates

Innovative Biosensors, Inc. Launches BioFlash Biological Detector

The BioFlash Biological Detector is rugged and portable, and provides rapid, specific and sensitive detection of 21 biological threat agents in single test or multi-test formats within minutes.

Reports

International Health Ministers Plan for Global Preparedness

According to the Ministerial Statement, priorities are to include: cooperation on common threats, identify emerging issues such as CBRN threats, medical countermeasures, and to strengthen global health security.

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The U.S. Department of Homeland Security(DHS): Biometrics Help Identify, Apprehend and Deter Illegal Migrants

This program, initiated last November, is an information sharing effort between US VISIT and the U.S. Coast Guard to address the challenges of identifying illegal migrants who are interdicted at sea.

Updates

The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) Announces a Web-based Online Training System

NFAOnline provides an easy one-stop website where fire and emergency services personnel, first responders, emergency management personnel, and the general public will find free training and education programs that they can complete at their own pace.

Reports

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act Progress Report

This Progress Report highlights some of the major activities that the Department has undertaken since the enactment of the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act (PAHPA), and addresses the eight major program areas under PAHPA.

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Updates

Acro Announces New Explosive Tester

ACRO-N.E.T. (Nitro Explosive Tester), an explosive detector for military and commercial explosives that is able to identify the majority of explosives currently used and homemade explosives based on nitrate.

Preparedness

Inception, Growth, Reorganization: The Anatomy of an EPD

by David S. Burns -

Combine a shortage of trained staff with a surplus of crises, and what emerges is an accurate but not yet finished portrait of the LA Emergency Preparedness Department, which has become one of the city's most valuable organizational assets.

Commentary

Damage and Debris - The Difficult Decisions Involved

by Kirby McCrary -

When an earthquake, tornado, or hurricane causes horrendous property damage, the "cleanup crew" (a veritable army of debris-removal workers) faces a number of major challenges, not the least of which is documenting the amount of work done.

Updates

Ahura Scientific Announces Record $2.6M National Guard Order

Ahura's FirstDefender was selected for deployment to all National Guard Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Teams (WMD-CSTs) nationwide for its unique features such as the ability to identify mixed chemicals & its certified MIL-STD 810F ruggedness.

Healthcare

The Evolution of Devolution

by Joseph Cahill -

Who, when, how, and under what circumstances - those are only a few of the questions that are asked, and must be answered, in political, legal, and sometimes even combat situations calling for a transfer of decision-making command authority.

Updates

New York State Department of Transportations (NYSDOT) Expands Statewide CORS (Continuously Operating Reference Stations) Network with Leica Geosystems

Before the end of the year, NYSDOT will have added 10 new CORS stations to the existing network of 36 stations, thereby providing an even greater flexibility, accuracy, and opportunity to public and private field-based survey teams throughout the state.

Updates

Hobson Industries Develop New Armoring Techniques to Meet Current Blast Threat

LINE-X has developed a blast-mitigation material known as PAXCON® for use on buildings and other permanent structures. Through this agreement, Hobson Industries has secured the rights to use LINE-X® for vehicle applications in defense programs.

Updates

GE Security Technology Helps Protect the 2007 Pan American Games

GE's advanced technology solutions, including 1,500 cameras installed in 64 venues, forms an important part of the overall security system for the games.

Updates

Travis County, Texas, Signs Contract for CompuDyne's Tiburon Unit to Upgrade the County's Public Safety and Justice Systems

Tiburon will upgrade more than 24 system applications and interfaces that are used by a consortium of county public safety and justice agencies. A particularly important aspect of the project is an upgrade of the county's interagency database.

Updates

Eastern Kentucky University Announces Launch of Two Completely Online Fire & Safety Engineering Programs

Through Eastern Kentucky University's Fire Science program, a student can earn his or her bachelor's degree or certificate in two years. Stand out as a leader in the fire and safety field, earn more money, and be first in line for promotion.

Updates

Capella University Announces New Homeland Security and Security Management Specializations

Capella's online university offers specializations through its BS in Public Safety online degree programs in Homeland Security and Security Management.

Updates

Rapiscan Systems Opens New Facility in North Carolina

The new site will manufacture Rapiscan's mobile cargo and vehicle inspection systems, while also creating dozens of jobs in Wake County.

Updates

SkyPort Signs Contract with Cisco for Emergency Response Satellite Connectivity

When fully operational, the command centers will transmit and receive voice, data, and video communications using satellites linked through SkyPort's award-winning teleport and network operations center in Houston.

Reports

Water Sector Mutual Aid and Assistance: Utilities Helping Utilities

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Water Security Division has developed a Fact Sheet to describe the Water/Wastewater Agency Response Networks (WARN) effort and to discuss the role of the EPA in support of this effort.

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A New Study in the American Medical Association's Disaster Journal - In an Urban Nuclear Attack, Loss of Medical Resources Would Hinder Medical Response for Victims

This study outlines four improvements that cities should consider to better prepare for an urban nuclear attack.

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Updates

Department of Homeland Security Fact Sheet: Border Security and Immigration Enforcement

In this Fact Sheet, DHS (Department of Homeland Security) Secretary Michael Chertoff highlights the department's progress on immigration efforts.

Updates

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Unveils Plan to Strengthen and Update Food Safety Efforts

"This Food Protection Plan will implement a strategy of prevention, intervention, and response to build safety into every step of the food supply chain." HHS Secretary Michael Leavitt.

Preparedness

Forensic Evidence & Nuclear Radiation: A New Course of Action in the State of Washington

by Leo Wainhouse -

FEMT may be hard to pronounce, but it is becoming a key legal and organizational concept in the war against international terrorism, thanks to the forward-looking instructional approach developed and used by the State of Washington's Department of Health.

Healthcare

Maintaining EMS Equipment in Times of Crisis

by Joseph Cahill -

EMS technicians and other first responders can and do work miracles each & every day. But not if they do not have the right rolling stock or medical systems or other equipment, or enough of it, or if the equipment they do have is not properly maintained.

Updates

Thermo Fisher Scientific Application Note: Determination of Sulfonamide Antibiotics in Wastewater by LC/MS

Antibiotics in the environment are a still poorly understood danger. One major concern is the development of antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria that could critically disturb the natural bacteria ecosystems and lead to a serious threat to human healt

Updates

VeriChip's VeriTrace Platform Sees Sales Boost

The system, which employs implantable tags to identify and track the remains of deceased individuals, is seeing gains in sales as states acquire it for disaster preparedness.

Updates

New York Agrees to Work With The Department of Homeland Security to Move Forward with Both REAL ID and Enhanced Driver's Licneses

Comments from Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff and New York Governor Eliot Spitzer. The security enhancements to driver's licenses will make them among the most secure in the country by using advanced facial recognition, and advanced document

Updates

Department of Homeland Security Fact Sheet: Creating a Culture of Preparedness Among Schools

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security offers emergency preparedness planning resources to help schools create safe and secure environments for their students. This fact sheet lists some of the resources available.

Reports

U.S. Army Handbook, A Military Guide to Terrorism in the Twenty-First Century

This handbook is a training guide with descriptions of terrorist behaviors and motivations, a review of terrorists groups, and the history of terrorism. The intention of this manual is to help train and educate personnel on terrorism, and terrorist recogn

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The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Publishes Chemicals-of-Interest List Used to Establish Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards

This Appendix A serves as a keystone document of chemical-security efforts. In this Appendix, about 300 chemicals are listed based on whether specific amounts can cause significant consequences affecting human life or health.

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U.S. Treasury Department and Private Sector Release Initial Results of Flu Pandemic Exercise, Nearly All Participants Find Critical Gaps in Plans

This three week simulated pandemic training exercise was conducted with 2700 organizations online. The exercises simulated an absenteeism rate of 49 percent, with a look at issues with human relations, and dependencies on other sectors.

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Updates

White House Fact Sheet: National Strategy for Information Sharing

New strategy document builds on previous progress to establish integrated national capability for terrorism-related information-sharing among federal, state, local, and tribal officials, the private sector, and foreign partners.

Updates

New Aerial Technology for Homeland Security Unveiled by State, Federal, and University Partners

Developed in Maryland, this new aerial technology system, known as the Critical Infrastructure Inspection Management System (CIIMS), will enable state police flight crews to check important structures and locations from the air.