october 2008

Resilience

Parking Security: A Lot to Think About

by Neil C. Livingstone -

An underground garage open to the general public and poorly lighted is an open invitation to a robber, a rapist, or a murderer. Also to a terrorist whose life's ambition is to kill as many Americans as possible, even at the cost of his own life.

Healthcare

The Dopplerian Resonance Effect on Continual Preparedness

by Adam Montella -

Memories of even the most cataclysmic disaster fade as time passes, but those memories are important reminders that continued vigilance is needed to ensure that similar disasters are avoided in the future.

Updates

Chris Wrenn joins the Environics USA team as Sr. Director of Sales & Marketing

Environics USA is a provider of sophisticated gas & vapor detection solutions for the military, 1st responder, safety and homeland security markets.

Updates

MSA's AirHawk II Air Mask Now With Advantage 4000 Facepiece and Audi-Larm Audible Alarm EOSTI

The new AirHawk II Air Mask keeps lower-cost options while offering many new choices not available with any other industrial air mask.

Healthcare

Planning for a Mass Evacuation: Contraflow, Katrina, and Gustav

by Joseph Cahill -

Get out of town before the hurricane hits! Everyone! That was the warning issued by the state of Louisiana and City of New Orleans before both Katrina and Gustav. The warning worked - the second time around.

Updates

Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Launches Millimeter Wave Technology at Raleigh-Durham International Airport

Millimeter wave uses electromagnetic waves to generate an image based on the energy reflected from the body. It passes harmless electromagnetic waves over the human body to create a robotic image.

Reports

UK Recovery Handbook for Radiation Incidents 2008

This Handbook is designed to assist decision makers in the management of contaminated food production systems, drinking water and inhabited areas following an incident in which radioactive material is dispersed into the environment.

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Updates

EMSystems Announces Merger with Global Secure Systems

With this merger, there are many opportunities to expand the capabilities of the Global Secure System Health Alert Network product to address the needs of the current users and hospitals, public safety, and emergency management organizations.

Updates

AtHoc Receives the 2008 Frost & Sullivan Award for Technology Innovation in the Mass Notification Market

Frost & Sullivan's prestigious award acknowledges the success of AtHoc IWSAlerts, a comprehensive network-centric notification system that utilizes organizations' existing IP networks to communicate during an emergency.

Reports

U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Complete Study of Thermal Imaging Technology

This report provides information on the research conducted as part of a project partnership on Thermal Imaging Camera (TIC) imaging performance metrics and test methods.

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Updates

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Launches Enhanced Scanning Capability at San Ysidro Entry

CBP announced today the deployment of the Z Portal at the San Ysidro, Calif. port of entry near San Diego. The Z Portal is a drive-through inspection system capable of scanning passenger vehicles for security threats and contraband.

Reports

Arkansas Department of Health Issues A Business and Organization Pandemic Influenza Planning Guide

The Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) has released a business continuity planning guide to aid businesses in preparing for a pandemic so that they can minimize the impact on their business and protect their employees.

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Reports

States of Preparedness Health Agency Progress, Second Edition, A Report by The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO)

A new report from ASTHO, States of Preparedness: Health Agency Progress (2nd Ed.), turns a spotlight on recent real-life incidents where lives have been saved and injuries avoided due to the nation's investment in state public health preparedness.

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Updates

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Announces Major Cyber Attack Threat Are On The Rise

"There are a number of countries who have an interest in stealing information from the United States," Shawn Henry Cyber Division Chief said, explaining that as many as two dozen nations have taken an "aggressive interest" in penetrating our networks.

Updates

HTS Provides Revolutionary Pre-Configured Container Code Recognition (CCR) Gantries With Built-In Equipment

"The revolutionary gantry brings a new level of installation and maintenance simplicity to the critical sphere of identifying and recording containers as they enter or exit the port," said Amnon Katchalski, VP Marketing & Sales, HTS.

Updates

Axsys Technologies Opens New Manufacturing Facility

"Axsys Technologies is providing excellent service, equipment & tools for success to our troops serving around the globe," Congressman Paul Hodes said. "I want to commend Axsys for their work to help our soldiers & employ many New Hampshire families."

Reports

U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) Releases New Reports on Fire Protection and Municipal Water Supply systems

These two reports examine interoperability and critical infrastructure protection, as well as backup and redundant water supply systems for fire protection.

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Preparedness

NIMS Preparedness and Resource Management

by Stephen Grainer -

The rules and regulations related to implementation of the National Incident Management System are many and varied. They also are constantly changing - but almost always for the better.

Updates

FLIR Systems Announces Orders of $14.8 Million From U.S. Customs and Border Protection

"These orders highlight FLIR's position as a leading supplier of thermal imaging equipment to CBP & demonstrate the value of our systems to support their wide range of missions," said Earl R. Lewis, President & CEO of FLIR Systems, Inc.

Updates

Thermo Fisher Scientific Extends the User-Friendliness of Mobile Radiation Survey and Detection System with an Easy-to-Install, Easily Accessible Self-Contained Unit

The Matrix Mobile ARIS Detection System offers real-time results for radiation survey, patrol, and isotope identification.

Updates

TCS (TeleCommunication Systems Inc.) Wins $1.1 Million Contract to Provide U.S. Marine Corps Professional Services for Wireless Point-to-Point Link (WPPL) Systems

WPPL systems provide deployed Marines with point-to-point and point-to-multipoint secure transmission of voice, video, and data communications over terrestrial microwave radio links.

Updates

Ahura Scientific Announces New European Partners

Ahura is expanding its presence in Europe with three new distribution partners - Nucletron Technologies GmbH in Germany and Austria, HazmatLINK in the United Kingdom and Benelux, & RMI in the Czech and Slovak Republics.

Updates

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Department of Justice (DOJ) Sign Agreement with the Slovak Republic on Enhancing Cooperation in Preventing and Combating Crime

"Sharing law-enforcement information is fundamental to combating transnational crime & discouraging criminal and terrorist travel." DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff.

Updates

American Military University Admitted into the National Association of Institutions for Military Education Services (NAIMES)

NAIMES is an organization that advocates for the military student, partners with the military education community, and promotes "best practices" for conducting military education programs.

Updates

Eastern Kentucky University College of Justice and Safety Announces New Course Available for Emergency Responders in Maritime Jurisdictions

The training course is designed to provide rural/non-metropolitan first responders and public officials with not only the basic competencies associated with port and vessel security but also a working knowledge of maritime security.

Updates

U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) Releases a New Safety Video, Half an Hour to Tragedy, Which Highlights Training Needs for Propane Emergencies

The Board recommended: mandatory training for propane technicians using improved training materials; regular hazardous materials training and drills for responders; and new propane-release guidance for 911 emergency operators.

Updates

Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Proposes Large-Aircraft Security Program

The proposed regulations would reduce the susceptibility of large aircraft being misused by individuals wishing to harm the United States and its citizens.

Updates

HTS (High-Tech Solutions Ltd.) Selected to Provide Its Container Code Recognition System for Container-Loaded Trains at the Port of Zeebrugge in Belgium

HTS will provide its container code recognition (CCR) system for trains - SeeTrain - for the Port of Zeebrugge. SeeTrain will read & record the container code numbers when a train enters or exits the port.

Preparedness

IEDs and the First Responder

by Glen Rudner -

Despite numerous improvements in homeland security since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, few if any U.S. communities are prepared to cope with what may be the most challenging threat of all: the use of IEDs to create large-scale havoc in a low-cost way.

Updates

U.S. Army Awards ICx Technologies a Contract Potentially Worth $711 Million for a Future Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical Reconnaissance System

The Joint Nuclear, Biological, Chemical Reconnaissance System Increment II (JNBCRS 2) is a vital program that will be a critical tool for U.S. troops as they face terrorist attacks and new types of warfare all over the world.

Updates

ILC Dover Introduces 'Patient Friendly' Respiratory Protection for Healthcare Market

This product is the direct result of feedback from healthcare professionals - seeking an approach that would make PAPRs less intimidating and more "patient friendly."

Updates

MSA's Altair 5 Multigas Detector Is Ideal Choice for Confined Space Entry

The Altair 5 Multigas Detector is the first portable 5-gas detector with MotionAlert and InstantAlert feature.

Commentary

Anatomy of a BioDetector: A Complicated Technology Explained for the Layman

by Doreen Robinson -

The detection and disposal of lethal biological agents is one of the most difficult challenges facing the nation's emergency responders. A leading U.S. expert discusses the progress already made to solve this problem, and what is coming next.

Updates

Raytheon to Provide APCO P25 Radio System for Idaho First Responders

APCO Project 25 (P25) radio systems will enable seamless interoperable communications for public-safety agencies throughout eastern Idaho.

Reports

Government Accountability Office (GAO) Report: Past Experiences in Disaster Recovery Offer Insights for Recovering from Hurricanes Ike, Gustav, and Other Recent Natural Disasters

In this report, GAO was asked to identify insights from past disasters and share them with state and local officials undertaking recovery activities.

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Reports

Government Accountability Office Voluntary Organizations: Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Should More Fully Assess Mass Care Capabilities of Organizations and Update the American Red Cross Role in Catastrophic Events

This report examines the roles of five voluntary organizations providing mass care and other services, what they have done to improve service delivery, current capabilities for responding to mass care needs, and the challenges of large-scale preparedness.

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Reports

Hazardous Materials Exposure Guide: A Step-by-Step 2008 Medical Response Guide from the Minnesota Department of Health

This guide is designed to help medical personnel in the treatment of those who have been exposed to toxic substances, asphyxiants, and gases. Also included are basic decontamination guidelines and specimen collection guidelines.

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Updates

Fact Sheet: Attorney General's Consolidated Guidelines for FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) Domestic Operations

The consolidated guidelines are designed to provide a single, consistent structure that applies regardless of whether the FBI is seeking information concerning federal crimes, threats to national security, or foreign intelligence matters.

Updates

Department of Homeland Security Highlights Personal and Business Preparedness During National Cyber Security Awareness Month

National Cyber Security Awareness Month is a campaign designed to educate all citizens and key public and private-sector partners on cyber threats and how to safeguard themselves at home, work, and school.

Updates

Department of Homeland Security and Department of Justice Sign Agreement with the Republic of Estonia on Enhancing Cooperation in Preventing and Combating Serious Crime

"This agreement will jointly enable law enforcement officers on both sides to investigate crime more quickly & efficiently, & will help to further prevent criminal & terrorist travel" said Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff.

Updates

CVG Inc. Awarded $1.2 Million Contract to Provide Portable Satellite Communications Kits to U.S. Air Force

The CFK-100 Compact Flyaway Kits provide a secure satellite communications and encrypted networking solution within two carry-on-sized backpacks.

Updates

VidSys Powers Up Physical Security Surveillance For The City Of Davenport Iowa

This system will improve public safety through remote surveillance of high-crime areas, enhance the effectiveness of local law enforcement, and contribute to the prevention and prosecution of criminal acts.

Updates

SoBran Wins Major Chemical Testing Contract For the U.S. Army

This contract marks a major milestone in how the government certifies the crucial devices that are the lifeline for hundreds of thousands of soldiers, firefighters, and hazmat teams worldwide.

Updates

Ahura Scientific Expands TruScan System Capabilities for Pharmaceutical and Consumer Health Quality Inspection

TruScan is a rugged, handheld Raman system for rapid verification of raw materials and enables companies to develop new libraries of materials from any location and share them with other TruScan units through use of network-management software.

Healthcare

A Jubilant Festival of Preparedness

by Ruth Marrero -

A behind-the-scenes CDC report on how DHS's NIMS & ICS guidelines were pressed into service to protect the participants (from 27 countries and territories) in this year's Festival of Pacific Arts, hosted by American Samoa.

Healthcare

Hybridizing the Power Supply

by Joseph Cahill -

Enhance emergency preparedness by installing heating systems that also can generate electrical power during severe weather. The most important benefit, though, would be not a change in equipment but a change both in thinking & in planning ahead.