october 2007

Updates

Delta Scientific's DSC 501 Barricade Successfully Passes United Kingdom's BSI Standard PAS:68 2007 Crash Test

Even after the crash test, the DSC 501 continued to operate with no repairs, thus showing that it can protect facilities against a "second-hit threat" from an accompanying vehicle.

Commentary

Friends and Neighbors, Duties and Responsibilities

by MaryAnn Warren -

A timely first-person report from Susquehanna County (Pa.) on the unforeseen (and to some extent unforeseeable) difficulties in coping, personally as well as professionally, with torrential rain, widespread floods, and other disasters.

Updates

PROENGIN AP4C Chemical Detector Featured

Mark Reuther, General Manager at PROENGIN demonstrates the AP4C Chemical and TIMs/TICs Detector in "YouTube"(TM) style video.

Podcast

Glenn Cannon, Assistant Administrator for Disaster Operations, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

DomesticPreparedness met with Glenn Cannon, Assistant Administrator for Disaster Operations, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). FEMA's assistant administrator for disaster operations discusses the “New” FEMA, reorganized in accordance with the 2006 Post-Katrina Emergency Management Reform Act, and the reconfigured agency’s operational, pro-active, and situationally-aware orientation.

Overview Of The FEMA Reorganization

New FEMA efforts to “operationalize” its responses, for both “notice” and “no-notice” events; the establishment of national and regional incident management assistance teams (IMATs); bottom-up New Madrid Fault planning with the American Red Cross; planning liaison with the Department of Defense and U.S. Northern Command.

Command And Control

FEMA’s engaged-partnership philosophy and its “leaning forward” posture for incident command in advance of a declared disaster; the increased importance of situational awareness.

Authorities Within The Disaster Operations Directorate

How FEMA’s new “gap analysis” tool is generating requirements, influencing funding, and translating into specifics in emergency management assistance compacts (EMACs); the common operational picture provided by the directorate’s National Coordination Operations Center; FEMA’s deployable disaster communications suites.

Operational Liaison With Other Agencies

The sequential interface between FEMA’s Disaster Operations Directorate and its Logistics and Disaster Assistance Directorates; the interface between FEMA’s urban search and rescue (USAR) task forces and Disaster Medical Assistance Teams (DMATs) – which are now under the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Updates

Xscape Safe Receives High Marks in Revolutionary Personal Protective Clothing

The Xscape Safe fire escape suit is a one-piece, fire-resistant, heat-resistant, escape suit designed to assist the user in emergency evacuations from smoke, heat, or fire.

Updates

RAE Systems Europe Dedicates Larger Facility

This latest investment demonstrates RAE Systems Europe's long-term service commitment to its customers, distribution partners, and subsidiaries.

Updates

Mid-Atlantic All Hazards Forum Marks Fourth Year

Organizers of the Mid-Atlantic All Hazards Forum are kicking off the fourth annual homeland security and emergency preparedness event to be held November 7-8, 2007 at the Baltimore Convention Center.

Commentary

The 2006 All-Hazards Report: Yesterday's Warnings to Meet Today's Disasters

by John Morton -

The states of the Mid-Atlantic region provide a helpful all-hazards primer that their sister states throughout the rest of the country should read and heed. Eight new "pillars of wisdom" are discussed in meaningful detail, and numerous lessons learned.

Updates

First Workers Apply for Federal Port Security Credentials

The Federal Port Security Credentialing program's goal is to ensure that any worker who has access to secure areas of port facilities and vessels has received a thorough background check and is not a security threat.

Updates

Remarks by Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff at a Symposium on Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) in the United States

Discussing the spectrum of many different points at which to counter an IED threat, he emphasized that managing this risk is not solely a federal problem, but one that should be of concern to all levels of government and the private sector.

Updates

DHS Graduates Second Advanced Radiation Detection Course

This graduating class will assist in the Securing-the-Cities initiative. This initiative is a cooperative federal, state, and local program which seeks to detect and interdict illicit radiological materials that may be used as weapons.

Updates

Top 10 Reasons to Choose MSA Portable Instruments Bulletin Now Available

This publication highlights the portable gas-detection instruments available for many varied applications and industries.

Updates

MDH Defense Delivers Over 1,500 CBRN Systems for MRAP During 2007

What makes this such an outstanding achievement is that all of the MRAP contracts for CBRN filtration systems were awarded and will have been delivered within the 12-month period covered.

Updates

Mustang Survival Launches Swift Water Rescue Professional Equipment Solution

The Swift Water Rescue Dry Suit PRO (MSD577 SR), developed with direct input from the water-rescue community, features an innovative design that addresses the unique needs of swift-water rescue situations.

Updates

Department of Homeland Security Selects NC4 to Deliver Secure 360-Degree Intelligence Exchange

This web-based extranet portal allows for secure communication and collaboration.

Reports

The Trust for America's Health and The American Academy of Pediatrics Warn of Gaps in Pediatric Pandemic Preparedness

This report outlines how children should not be treated the same way as adults when planning/preparing for a pandemic. Topics covered include management of ill children, appropriate doses of vaccine, & strategies to limit the spread of a flu outbreak.

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Updates

Shared Spectrum Company Awarded Funding to Develop Cognitive Radio System for First Responders

This project focuses on creating a spectrum management sub-system on radio networks that controls the individual radios with spectrum access "policies" that allow better use of available spectrum frequencies.

Updates

FAA Certification Received for the AcuTemp AX2100L RKN Temperature-Controlled Air Cargo Container

The AcuTemp AX2100L was designed to allow the air cargo industry to transport and precisely manage temperatures of perishable items, such as vaccines, pharmaceuticals, reagents, and other temperature-sensitive goods.

Healthcare

The Sorting - Life-or-Death Decisions on the Scene

by Joseph Cahill -

"First come, first served" is an appealingly democratic rule to follow when selling movie tickets or scarce consumer products. The same rule could literally kill people, though, if used by the first responders at mass-casualty incidents.

Healthcare

Healthcare Reform and the Building of Additional Medical Response Capacity

by Michael Allswede -

Healthcare reform could be a major sleeper issue in next year's elections, and deservedly so. But reforms that make matters worse would be counterproductive. Here are some suggestions that the winning candidates might consider.

Updates

City of Long Beach Chooses PIVOT3 Scalable Storage for Its Citywide Video Surveillance Implementations

The footage captured by video surveillance cameras is managed and stored on the Pivot3 scalable iSCSI-based systems. This allows the public-safety department to save significant financial resources by buying only the storage capacity it needs.

Updates

Leica Geosystems Introduces TPS1200+: The Fastest One-Person Total Station in the World

The new Leica TPS1200+ Total Station introduces the most precise automatic positioning ever seen in this class of instruments along with several other accuracy improvements.

Updates

Secure Freight Initiative (SFI) Becomes Fully Operational in United Kingdom, Pakistan, and Honduras

The ports of these nations fulfill the requirements set out in the Security and Accountability For Every Port (SAFE Port) Act of 2006, which establishes a program that couples non-intrusive inspections (NII) and radiation-detection technology.

Updates

CompuDyne Unit Introduces New Mobile Data System for Police and Other First Responders

The Tiburon MobileCOM allows first responders to send and receive dispatch information, state and national database queries, and location mapping data.

Updates

Raytheon JPS Communications Collaborates With Cisco to Provide Interoperability Solution

The integrated JPS ACU-2000 IP and Cisco IP Interoperability and Collaboration System (IPICS) further extend traditional interoperable communications across agencies, suppliers, and technology by taking advantage of an open-standards platform.

Reports

Government Accountability Office (GAO), Maritime Security: One Year Later, A Progress Report on the Security and Accountability For Every (SAFE) Port Act

This testimony is the result of GAO's completed work related to the SAFE Port Act pertaining to overall port security, security at individual facilities and cargo container security.

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Updates

Avon Protection Systems to Feature Two New Products at the International Association of Chiefs of Police Conference

AVON's C50 CBRN Mask is the next generation NIOSH approved respirator which provides high protection and comfort, the FM53 Tactical Mask is an advanced mask that has been designed specifically for tactical applications.

Updates

Noblis awarded $1.8 million cooperative agreement for security, video-quality research

This agreement will support The Department of Homeland Security's efforts to meet the critical needs of emergency responders.

Reports

Michigan Department of Community Health, Chemical Illness Response:Guidelines for Public Health Investigations of Acute Onset Illness Clusters of Chemical Etiology

This report provides guidelines to local and state public-health professionals for public-health responses to reports of illness clusters in which the cause of the illness is a chemical exposure.

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Updates

Multi-Million Dollar Commitment to Support Animal Shelters and Reduce Pet Overpopulation in Louisiana and Mississippi Announced

More than $850,000 in shelter grants to be distributed with additional $2 million outreach campaign planned.

Updates

Human Recognition Systems and Vidient Systems, Inc. Announce Partnership to Provide Human Behavioural Analytics and Smart Video Surveillance Solutions in the UK

HRS (Human Recognition Systems) and Vidient partner to develop and promote state-of-the-art Intelligent CCTV Platforms across multiple business sectors.

Updates

CopperEye Announces Strategic Investment and Technology Advancement Agreement with In-Q-Tel

This agreement adds CopperEye to a prestigious portfolio of leading-edge technology companies working with a strategic fund that focuses on the U.S. intelligence community.

Reports

A Center for Infectious Disease Research & Policy (CIDRAP) Report: Institute of Medicine (IOM) Calls for New Research on Safety Garb for Health Workers

This report is divided into three parts: research gaps related to influenza transmission; the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare workers; and the design, testing, and certification of PPEs.

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Updates

HHS Purchases Additional Anthrax Vaccine for Stockpile

"Together with the already substantial supply of antibiotics...this additional AVA anthrax vaccine will further broaden the stockpile's medical countermeasures," said HHS Assistant Secretary for Preparedness & Response RADM Craig Vanderwagen, M.D., USPHS.

Updates

President Bush Updates National Strategy for Homeland Security

President Bush has issued an updated National Strategy for Homeland Security to guide, organize, and unify homeland-security efforts among federal, state, local, and tribal governments, private and nonprofit sector partners, and individual citizens.

Healthcare

EMS Professionals and the CERTification of Volunteers

by Joseph Cahil -

The willingness of so many citizen volunteers to serve on Community Emergency Response Teams adds an extra dimension of capability to already overworked (and sometimes overwhelmed) EMS staffs. There are a few precautions also worth noting, though.

Preparedness

The Commonwealth's Approach - Implementing a Common-Language Protocol

by Chris Essid -

Responding to a federal mandate, the Commonwealth of Virginia created an Initiative Action Team to ensure that its local, county, and state agencies could & would use a common language in their radio communications with one another & other jurisdictions.

Healthcare

The Hospital Incident Command System - No Longer HEICS

by Craig DeAtley -

The professional guidelines developed to help the nation's hospitals cope with a broad spectrum of emergencies have been so successful and so well-received that they have been expanded, revised, and refined to encompass non-emergency situations as well.

Updates

NuCrypt Demos First Physics-Based Ultrahigh Security Optical Encryption Technology at MILCOM 2007

NuCrypt uses the inherent noise in light to enhance the best state-of-the-art encryption technology while remaining compatible with conventional optical infrastructure.

Updates

Transportation Security Administration Awards Multiple Contracts to Expand Suite of Security Technology

Newly procured technology includes: advanced technology (AT) X-ray; automated explosives detection (auto-EDS) for checkpoints; bottled liquid scanners; passive millimeter wave; and a cast/prosthetics screening device.

Updates

Health and Human Services Awards Contracts for Advanced Development of New Medical Countermeasures

"These contracts will help speed the development of new interventions against anthrax, plague, & tularemia, three diseases considered to be important bioterror threats," said National Institute for Allergy & Infectious Diseases Director Dr. Anthony Fauci.

Updates

Transportation Security Administration Announces New Office of Global Strategies

The mission of this office is to increase security by working proactively with America's foreign partners and participating in overseas operations affecting the United States.

Updates

Shared Spectrum Company Introduces Dynamic Spectrum Access Technology at WiMAX Conference

Shared Spectrum Company's Dynamic Spectrum Access (DSA) technology senses and determines, in real time, which portions of the spectrum are being utilized and which channels are available.

Updates

Innovative Biosensors, Inc. Awarded $1.6 Million Contract for Biological Defense of Critical Building

"We are honored to have the opportunity to provide this critical technical support and reagent supply to a program that protects such a vital asset in the National Capital Region," said Joe Hernandez, President and CEO of IBI.

Commentary

Protecting Our Protectors: Defending America's First Responders

by Senator Barbara A. Mikulski -

It is unconscionable that the "American heroes" who protect "our homes, our businesses, and our communities" have not been given the tools they need to carry out their dangerous jobs. Now they will be, thanks to the initiatives pushed by this legislator.

Preparedness

The Next Wave of Synergy in Port/Maritime Security

by Joseph DiRenzo III & Christopher Doane -

Interagency operations centers that provide a unified, all-purpose "home base" for Navy, Coast Guard, and other federal, state, and local port and maritime stakeholders are already operational, with more on the way.

Updates

Alion Introduces Design Tool to Help Protect Ships, Buildings, Vehicles and Infrastructure from Threats

Standalone Version of Alion's MOTISS application allows users to see effects of design choices and "built-in" improved defenses.

Updates

Consolidated Products Joins AcuTemp's Global Distributor Network

Consolidated Products will market AcuTemp's suite of passive and active temperature-controlled containers to the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, public health, and military medical markets in India.

Updates

RAE Systems Receives U.S. Patent for Oxygen Sensor That Eliminates Lead for Global Hazardous Substances Compliance

Compared to other types of oxygen sensors, the new RAE sensor is unique in that it uses a solid polymer that works in combination with normally available air and moisture rather than the traditional hazardous electrolyte and lead wool.

Updates

Optical Encryption Firm NuCrypt Awarded Challenge Grant by Homeland Security Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center

NuCrypt has been awarded a Challenge Grant by The Homeland Security Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center at Nort hwestern University (HSIEC), in partnership with the Illinois Technology Development Alliance.

Updates

Mexico City International Airport Uses Bioscrypt's Identity and Access Management Solution in New State-of-the-Art Terminal

Airport deploys Bioscrypt's V-Smart solution for multi-factor authentication of employees in restricted areas.

Updates

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Achieves Container Security Initiative (CSI) Milestone with 58 Operational Ports

The Container Security Initiative is intended to create a security regime that ensures that all containers that pose a potential terrorism risk are identified and inspected at foreign ports before being loaded on vessels destined for the United States.