november 2008

Preparedness

Emergency Operations Centers: The Heartbeat of Disaster Management

by Kay C. Goss -

The planning, building, and staffing of well designed emergency operations centers have given many U.S. communities a powerful new multi-purpose tool to use in coping with natural and manmade disasters of all types.

Healthcare

A Matter of Mutual Trust: The Fallout from Katrina; the Effect on Gustav

by Joseph Cahill -

With nations as with individuals, the most tragic failures sometimes lead to the most stunning successes. Provided the right lessons are learned - and then fully and carefully implemented.

Healthcare

H5N1: Still Waiting in the Wings - An Updated Assessment of the Pandemic Flu Threat

by Steven Harrison -

Just in case the United States, & the rest of the world, did not have enough to worry about, recent public-health reports provide a timely reminder that new pandemics, possibly the most disastrous ever, could still strike at any time.

Updates

AcuTemp Thermal Systems Introduces International Safe Transit Association (ISTA)-Qualified Boxes for Temperature-Sensitive Shipments

AcuTemps' pre-qualified high-performance insulated boxes allow pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies to have ready access to reliable shipping solutions capable of maintaining the temperature of their valuable payloads during shipment.

Updates

GE Global Research to Build Mobile Imaging System to Improve Nuclear Threat Detection

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has awarded funds to GE Global Research to develop a longer-range radiation-detection system.

Updates

Bruker Teams With Safe Environment Engineering & Vialogy of California to Bring Fully Functional Integrated CBRNE Solutions to the Homeland Security & Military Markets

The Bruker/Safe Environment Engineering/Vialogy team provides an interoperability solution for critical events, critical infrastructure, & large-area coverage with use of multiple sensor packages, efficient networking & vital situational-awareness tools.

Updates

Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Launches Millimeter-Wave Technology in Richmond

"Millimeter wave is another layer of security that our security officers use to protect the public from evolving threats," said Federal Security Director Annie Nelson.

Updates

Department of Homeland Security Announces New Requirements for Maritime Cargo Carriers and Importers

The Importer Security Filing and Additional Carrier Requirements interim final rule will require maritime cargo carriers and importers to submit additional data to Customs and Border Protection (CBP) before vessels are permitted entry into the country.

Reports

Government Accountability Office (GAO): Department of Homeland Security (DHS) - Billions Invested in Major Programs Lack Appropriate Oversight

DHS established an investment review process in 2003 but concerns have been raised about how the process has been implemented, especially for large investments such as nuclear detection equipment, border surveillance systems, and both ships and aircraft.

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Reports

National Volunteer Fire Council Releases Its Health and Wellness Guide for Volunteer Fire and Emergency Services

This guide was developed with the support of the U.S. Fire Administration to improve health and wellness within volunteer fire and emergency-services agencies.

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Updates

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Deploys Enhanced X-Ray Technology at El Paso Commercial Entry

The Portal VACIS (Vehicle and Cargo Inspection Systems) is designed to scan cargo and containers for explosives, weapons, and drugs while at the same time helping to expedite the inspection process.

Updates

ICx Technologies Introduces the radHUNTER Radiation Detector

The radHUNTER is an extremely sensitive and accurate digital, hand-held, gamma radionuclide identification device designed for first responders, customs agents, and specialized security forces.

Reports

Government Accountability Office (GAO): Public Health and Border Security

The Health and Human Services and the Department of Homeland Security should further strengthen their ability to respond to tuberculosis incidents with information sharing, coordination, and public health alerts.

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Updates

MSA's Evolution 5800 TIC Shows Better Detail with Enhanced Imagery

The Evolution 5800 is the most versatile TIC (Thermal Imaging Camera) available that provides the most detailed images with Image Digital Enhancement (IDE) over the widest temperature range.

Preparedness

Offshore Facilities: Growing Vulnerabilities in the Maritime Environment

by Christopher Doane & Joseph DiRenzo III -

The U.S. Coast Guard - overworked and under-resourced - faces new challenges as new offshore responsibilities are assigned. The Deepwater program will help, but not enough.

Resilience

Multipurpose Buildings: A Towering Challenge for Security Planners

by Neil C. Livingstone -

From parking lots to elevators & escalators to penthouse apartments - every room and every floor in the office and residential buildings now being designed represents a different type of danger. Here is a handy list of some of the more avoidable ones.

Updates

NetWitness Disrupts Market with Free Security Solution

NetWitness Corporation, the leading provider of next-generation network security monitoring technology, announced that the company is enhancing & delivering a free version of its award-winning NetWitness Investigator solution.

Updates

Department of Homeland Security Fact Sheet: Visa Waiver Program (VWP) Expansion

The program, administered by the Department of Homeland Security, was recently expanded to include seven new allies in the list of countries authorized to participate in the VWP.

Updates

Evogen (formerly Sceptor Industries) Culminates Merger

Unique technology brings detection and diagnostics capabilities, previously limited to the laboratory, into the field and gives a significant advantage over existing detection systems.

Updates

GVI Security Solutions Wins Major Prison System Video Surveillance Project

Thanks to the superior quality of GVI's products as well as the high value placed on the company's extensive service & support networks, GVI was selected to provide a comprehensive video-surveillance system for the prison system.

Updates

VeriChip Corporation Selected by Microsoft to Offer Personal Health Record Through Microsoft HealthVault

Through this agreement, Health Link members will have the ability to open free HealthVault accounts and input, store, view, and interact with their health data.

Reports

U.S. Department of Transportation Pandemic-Flu Planning Guidelines

These sector-specific guidelines are annexes to the Pandemic Influenza Preparedness, Response, and Recovery Guide for Critical Infrastructure and Key Resources developed by the Department of Homeland Security.

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Updates

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Announces New Security Requirements for Private Aircraft

DHS announced additional measures to strengthen private aircraft security by requiring more detailed information about arriving and departing private aircraft and time to assess the potential risks to national security.

Updates

Department of Homeland Security Announces Security Standards for Freight and Passenger Rail Systems

DHS has announced the issue of regulations aimed at strengthening the security of the nation's freight and passenger rail systems and reducing the risks associated with the transportation of security-sensitive materials.

Commentary

TERT Takes Toxic Approach to Emergency Response

by Shannon Arledge -

Chemicals, biological agents, and other dangerous substances are among the key instructional materials used to train hazmat technicians and other first responders participating in the CDP's upgraded "COBRA course" in Anniston, Alabama.

Healthcare

Filling the Equipment Inventory: Some Relevant Questions

by Joseph Cahill -

The well-dressed first responder can take with him or her a limited amount of equipment to the incident scene. The selection of that equipment may be, and often is, a literally life-or-death matter.

Updates

Ahura Scientific Ships 2000th Instrument to AstraZeneca

The accomplishment is the result of an increasing demand for the company's award-winning Raman spectroscopy-based FirstDefender & TruScan instruments, & its most recent product, TruDefender FT, which is based on Fourier-Transform Infrared spectroscopy.

Updates

Department of Homeland Security Announces Full-Scale Exercise for Radiological/Nuclear Detection in the Southeast Transportation Corridor

The full-scale exercise was intended to demonstrate the Southeast region's capabilities to coordinate, communicate, and respond during and after a possible radiological/nuclear threat to the region's interstate highways.

Updates

Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Expands Popular Family Lanes to Every Airport in United States

The introduction of lanes that will serve as both family lanes and dedicated lanes for passengers carrying medically necessary liquids strengthens TSA efforts to build a network of technology to detect liquid explosives.

Updates

Department of Homeland Security Signs Agreement with the Republic of Korea on Enhancing Cooperation in Preventing and Combating Crime

"This agreement will enable law-enforcement officers of both countries to share information to combat crime and enhance our ability to prevent criminal and terrorist travel," said Homeland Security Deputy Secretary Paul A. Schneider.

Updates

Statement by Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff on the Department's Transition Efforts

"Historically, we know transitions may be periods of increased vulnerability. We are keenly focused on ensuring a smooth hand-off to the new administration and working closely with the incoming transition team." DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff.

Updates

The City of Killeen, Texas, Police Department Adopts 3D Crime-Scene Laser Scanner from Leica Giosystems to Support Crime Scene Investigation

The Leica ScanStation2 is a high-speed/high-definition 3D laser scanning system able to quickly measure crime scenes and support criminal investigations with far greater speed and accuracy than conventional methods.

Updates

IBM Awarded U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Transformation Contract to Improve National Security, Customer Service, and Operational Efficiency

The contract is part of an ongoing multidimensional USCIS effort to transform its business processes and will serve as a key factor in enabling the agency to speed benefits determination, combat identity fraud, and reduce processing time backlogs.

Updates

ICx Technologies Introduces Raider Radionuclide Detector

The Raider can detect nuclear material and identify the radionuclide. It immediately recognizes the presence of radioactive materials that might be smuggled into buildings, large public gatherings, or any other location with potential risk.

Commentary

An Open Letter to the President-Elect

President-Elect Obama has promised that "change" will be the hallmark of his administration. Here are a few major changes that, it is respectfully suggested, he might consider in the fields of national defense and homeland security.

Healthcare

The All Threats Agent Content System (ATACS): A CDC Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Information Management System

by Joe Posid -

"Learning by Doing" was the guideline used by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention in responding to the anthrax attacks in 2001 by developing a new and highly sophisticated multipurpose bioterrorism detection system.

Updates

Anne Arundel Community College Becomes First Community College to Receive National Accreditation for Its Public Safety Agency

The three-year accreditation is recognition of the department's excellence & its use of "best practices in campus law enforcement." The department had to demonstrate that it was in full compliance with all of the 205 standards required for accreditation.

Updates

James Lee Witt Associates Awarded Contract to Assist State of Indiana with Storm Recovery

James Lee Witt Associates will provide assistance and guidance for debris removal, emergency services related to the disaster, and the repair and/or replacement of damaged public facilities such as roads, buildings, and utilities.

Updates

Gemalto Receives 'Best Software' Sesames Award with 'Smart Card Web Mashups'

Smart Card Web Mashups represent the first implementation of the Java Card 3.0 specifications through a technological solution that combines content and applications from various Web servers.

Updates

Vangent to Support U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Food and Drug Administration Through $2.5 Billion ICT21 Contract

"The ICT21 contract allows us to expand our relationship with the FDA by leveraging our expertise in providing infrastructure services to a variety of federal government customers," said Vangent President and CEO Mac Curtis.

Updates

Towson University Offers A Homeland Security Master's Program Online

The Towson U program is completely online, so student enrollees can advance their education, and careers, in one of the nation's highest-quality Master's Programs from virtually anywhere - and at any time.

Updates

Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Reaches Agreement with European Union on Cargo Screening Standards for Commercial Passenger Aircraft

"By synchronizing the way that air cargo is secured on both sides of the Atlantic, we're taking another potential vulnerability off the table for terrorists," said Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff.

Updates

Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to Assume Watch List Vetting with Secure Flight Program

"Secure Flight will improve security by maintaining the confidentiality of the government's watch list information while fully protecting passengers' privacy and civil liberties," said TSA Administrator Kip Hawley.

Updates

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

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers face a difficult job of inspecting more than 1.1 million travelers each day at the nation's ports of entry.

Updates

University of Pittsburgh Schools of Health Sciences Researchers Receive $2.7 Million to Develop Drug That Counters Radiation Exposure

The ultimate goal of the contract is to develop an easily administered drug that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the Department of Health and Human Services can store and provide to hospitals if and when an emergency occurs.

Updates

U.S. Department of Homeland Security Grants WPI Award to Advance State of First-Responder Location Systems

Indoor location technology is designed to make it possible to quickly locate and rescue firefighters (and other members of the first-responder community such as EMTs, police, and hazmat personnel) who become lost, disabled, or trapped inside a building.