september 2007

Updates

Acro Announces Technology Agreement with LSRI (Life Science Research Israel)

Acro Inc. to provide multi-type explosive tester for commercial and military explosives, complementing its existing peroxide explosive tester.

Updates

Customs and Border Protection to Open Fourth Northern Border Air Branch

North Dakota-based aircraft will support homeland-security operations.

Preparedness

Homeland Security and Community-Oriented Policing

by Joseph Watson -

The City of Alexandria, Virginia, took the money and ran with it when a DOJ grant was made available. The result was Community Support Group C, which specializes in a broad spectrum of homeland-security missions - and serves as a helpful example.

Preparedness

Partnerships in Interoperability: A Best Practices Model

by Kay C. Goss -

The University of Virginia, the City of Charlottesville, and Albemarle County join forces to develop and deploy one of the most versatile and most capable multi-jurisdiction communication systems in the country.

Podcast

Sir Ken Knight, Commissioner for the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority

DomesticPreparedness met with Sir Ken Knight, Commissioner for the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority. London’s – and soon the United Kingdom’s – senior first responder discusses his approach to multi-agency incident-management and response operations in light of the 7/7 2005 terrorist attack, the United Kingdom’s approach to resilience, and the several ways in which the U.K. response operations differ from those mandated by the U.S. National Incident Management System (NIMS).

Lessons Learned from London’s 7/7 Terrorist Attack of 2005

London’s 7/7 incident commander discusses how he handled the multi-agency response to the U.K.’s first suicide bomber attack and its impact on the city’s, and nation’s, transportation and communications infrastructure.

The London Fire Brigade’s Response Partnerships Today

How contemporary terrorist incidents differ from those London experienced in the 1980s – e.g., the lack of warning time today. The U.K. emergency services’ planning, preparing, and response partnership with the business community, local authorities, and the voluntary sector. Lessons learned through sharing with France and the United States.

Resilience in the United Kingdom

How the United Kingdom is interpreting resilience with respect to resource allocations. How resilience planning goes beyond preparedness for terrorist incidents to the planning required for a pandemic.

How U.K. Incident Management Differs from the U.S. NIMS Approach

How London handles command and control of several simultaneous incidents; its emphasis on strategic overview in its three-tiered response mechanism for multi-agency management – gold for the strategic planning level, silver for the joint-services level, and bronze for command at the local tactical level.

Reports

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Publishes Annual Security Inspection Report to Congress

This unclassified version of an annual report to Congress covers the security inspection program for commercial power reactors and certain fuel-cycle facilities.

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Government Accountability Office (GAO) Influenza Pandemic: Further Efforts Are Needed to Ensure Clearer Federal Leadership Roles and an Effective National Strategy

This report assesses how clearly federal leadership roles and responsibilities are defined and the extent to which the Strategy and Plan address six characteristics of an effective national strategy.

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Updates

LIFESAVER Bottle World's First All-in-One Ultra Filtration Water Bottle to Remove All Waterborne Pathogens Without Chemicals

LIFESAVER bottle filters all waterborne pathogens without the aid of chemicals, creating safe sterile drinking water - fast

Updates

HauteSpot's High-Definition Video Stream Wireless Bridge Released

The HR-IXPSXPi builds upon the existing HR-IXPSXP by moving to an ultra-compact lightweight enclosure and by adding Serial Over IP support, and is perfect for high-definition surveillance and broadcast production applications.

Updates

U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Conducts Largest Counterterrorism Exercise to Date

TOPOFF 4 will involve more than 15,000 participants from all levels of government, international partners, and the private sector in a full-scale simulated response to radiological dispersal-device attacks.

Updates

Department of Homeland Security Adopts 11 National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Standards for Emergency Responders

The newly adopted standards will set requirements to assist federal agencies and state and local officials responsible for procuring equipment and services used by emergency responders.

Updates

Cross Match Receives Department of Homeland Security SAFETY Act Full Coverage for Livescan Systems

Cross Match Technologies is the first biometrics manufacturer to receive DHS certification for livescan technology.

Updates

Pivot3 and Petards Collaborate on High-Definition Video Storage Solutions

Large-Scale Security Environments Benefit from the Latest Storage and Video Management Solutions.

Updates

DuPont Plans to Invest $500 Million to Increase Capacity for Kevlar®

Growing global demand for product innovations is key driver for major expansion plan, underscores DuPont commitment to customers and leadership in high-performance fibers.

Updates

Remploy Frontline Launches Innovative CBRN BodyBag

The new CBRN BodyBag is manufactured from an innovative barrier fabric that combines two chemically resistant materials to facilitate optimum containment.

Updates

Moose Boats Delivers M2035 Rescue & Patrol Vessel to Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department

This fast and stable catamaran hull, with its powerful water jet propulsion, is well suited to provide efficient response times and a stable working platform for open-water rescues.

Updates

American Military University One of the First Schools Selected for Air Force Associate-to-Baccalaureate Program

The Air University's Associate-to-Baccalaureate Cooperative Program partners with civilian universities to offer four-year degree programs to enlisted personnel who have earned associate degrees from the Community College of the Air Force (CCAF).

Updates

Delta Scientific's New Early Warning System Alerts Facilities to Prospective Vehicle Attacks

The new DSC 400 Early Warning System uses Doppler Radar and Digital Loop Detector technology to alert guards to activate security measures, including raising their Delta vehicle barricades.

Updates

Incident Command System (ICS) All Hazard Core Competencies

This document from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) includes links to the Incident Command System (ICS) Competency Change Management Board (CCMB) documents for information related to the CCMB's processes and/or the ICS Competencies.

Updates

Hampton University and Alion Science and Technology Launch Homeland Security Certificate Program

This six-week program is aimed at helping professionals - including first responders, security personnel, city managers, transportation officials, and emergency planners - contribute to security efforts at a local, state, or national level.

Podcast

Joseph Becker, Senior Vice President of Disaster Services, American Red Cross

DomesticPreparedness met with Joseph Becker, Senior Vice President of Disaster Services, American Red Cross to discuss the American Red Cross (ARC) concept of operations for disaster preparedness and response under the new National Response Framework, Red Cross support activities in line with ESF 6 (mass care, emergency assistance, housing, and human services) and ESF 8 (public health and medical services), and take-aways from this year's National Preparedness Month.

Organizing for Red Cross Support During a Disaster

The local-chapter and national Red Cross response to any disaster within a two-hour time frame via the disaster action team; linkages with the Medical Response Corps and other volunteer partners; the Red Cross presence at the state, regional, and federal levels.

The Red Cross and Sheltering

Red Cross work in building a national shelter data system; the ARC focus on local solutions to sheltering; the concept of "congregate shelters"; ongoing work on locally driven pet-sheltering solutions.

Red Cross Support Beyond Sheltering

Working food distribution through shelters, fixed sites, and mobile routes. Partnerships with non-disaster organizations for emergency relief. Facilitating communication of needs and availability - e.g., with regard to blood and blood products. Volunteer management. The ARC's capability to assist with emergency first aid and mental health counseling.

Lessons Learned from the Katrina, Rita, and Wilma Responses

The need to improve disaster-response IT systems and supply chains through community and corporate partnerships. The ARC's improved baseline capacity to shelter and feed 500,000 people for six days.

National Preparedness Month

The Red Cross adoption of the three-point program through which every family should have a survival kit, a survival plan, and the means to keep informed. The recognition that schools and employers are the two key leverage points to persuade families to implement a preparedness program. The ARC's ongoing regional gap analyses on capabilities for handling worst-case scenarios.

Updates

Bioscrypt's V-Station MIFARE Placed on Transportation Security Administration's Qualified Products List

"Bioscrypt's products continue to be qualified by U.S. government authorities to secure the country's most vulnerable locations," said Bioscrypt's CEO and President, Robert M. Douglas.

Updates

RAE Systems' Radiation Detector Meets ANSI Standards for Homeland Security

The GammaRAE II R is designed to meet both the technical and safety needs of first responders and RAE Systems is proud to have their instruments validated by a national laboratory.

Updates

GE Security Announces ReaderKEY2, Newest Addition to RISCO Electronic Lockbox System

The new ReaderKEY2 handheld device connects to a computer through a USB cable and uploads real estate showing activities to the ORIONWeb database for easy online reporting without having to read the lockbox directly.

Preparedness

Washington State's Radiological Outreach and Training Program

by Allen Conklin -

Rather than waiting until the unthinkable becomes the inevitable, Washington State's Health Department moved out - and moved fast - to create an outreach training program that prepares responders to cope with nuclear/radiological incidents.

Updates

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Releases National Preparedness Guidelines

DHS has announced the publication of two important tools to organize and synchronize national efforts to strengthen preparedness: (1) the National Preparedness Guidelines; and (2) the Target Capabilities List.

Updates

Information Systems Laboratories Delivers Acoustic Analysis Equipment to German Navy

The FTAS (Fast Time Analysis System) provides the German Navy with the full spectrum processing and display capability to perform quick-look and in-depth post mission analysis of acoustic signals recorded.

Updates

DHS Launches Initiatives to Strengthen Private Aircraft Security

"This rule is designed to further protect the nation by improving our ability to identify threats on flights to and from the United States," said Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff.

Updates

Thales Launches New U.S. Initiative C4ISR Portfolio Expanded

Thales Communications announces the formation of a new operating entity focused on broadening the company's offerings to the U.S. Department of Defense.

Reports

Federal Emergency Managment Agency (FEMA): Systems Support Division (SSD) Quarterly Bulletin

This bulletin gives updates on the Commercial Equipment Direct Assistance Program (CEDAP), and System Assessment and Validation for Emergency Responders (SAVER) programs.

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Updates

FLIR Systems Announces $28.6 Million Order From the United Arab Emirates

This order will use FLIR's Star SAFIRE III stabilized multi-sensor system, which will be used for homeland security and high-value asset protection missions.

Reports

Fusion Centers: Key Terror Fighting Tool for Cops - A Manhattan Institute for Police Research Report

The report is intended to be used as a guide for police officers seeking to enhance their state's ability to prevent - and, if necessary, respond to - any type of threat. The report is considered essential background for reporters.

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Updates

Universal Detection Technology Comments on the Threat of Terrorism at the 2008 Olympic Games in China

The Olympic Games are one of the highest-profile international events, where it is of great importance to ensure the safety and security of the crowds.

Updates

South Carolina Purchases GammaRAE II Radiation Detector and MultiRAE Plus Toxic Gas Monitors

The state of South Carolina has purchased 300 GammaRAE II handheld radiation detectors & additional wireless-enabled MultiRAE Plus handheld toxic gas monitors to its first responders.

Preparedness

Building a Strong Emergency-Management Profession

by Kay C. Goss -

One of the nation's foremost experts in the still emerging field of emergency management provides her insider's point of view of the guiding principles - including both a vision and a mission statement - on which this important new field was founded.

Healthcare

Preparing Hospitals for Use as Fallout Shelters

by Kirk Paradise -

Forward-looking planners in Huntsville, Alabama, are seeking to determine the feasibility of using medical facilities as fallout shelters to cope with mass-casualty incidents involving a nuclear or "dirty" bomb.

Commentary

Rear Admiral David P. Pekoske, USCG, and Rear Admiral Brian M. Salerno, USCG

by John Morton -

Their views on current and future maritime-security operations, the USCG's relationships with other agencies, new security standards being considered, and the service's interface with the Navy, CBP, and various port stakeholders.

Updates

Draft National Response Framework Released for Public Comment

Individuals who wish to submit comments can obtain a comment form and instructions for submission online at the Federal Emergency Management Agency website.

Updates

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Announces West Coast Maritime Radiation-Detection Project

The three-year pilot program involves the development of a radiation-detection architecture that reduces the risk of radiological and nuclear threats that could be illegally transported on recreational or small commercial vessels.

Updates

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Announces Public Health Information Rapid Exchange (PHIRE)

CDC Public Health Information Rapid Exchange is a system that sends important real-time health information to select subscribers based on their preferences.

Reports

Protecting American Consumers Every Step of the Way: A Strategic Framework for Continual Improvements in Import Safety - A Report Issued by the Department of Health and Human Services

The Strategic Framework presents an import-safety strategy that considers the risks of unsafe products reaching U.S. consumers.

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Reports

Government Accountability Office (GAO) Report - Department of Homeland Security: Progress Report on Implementation of Mission and Management Functions

GAO says "DHS also has not yet fully adopted and applied a risk-management approach in implementing its mission and management functions."

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Reports

Department of Homeland Security Response to GAO Report Titled: Progress Report on Implementation of Mission and Management Functions

The Department of Homeland Security has provided response and comments on the report submitted by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) entitled Department of Homeland Security: Progress Report on Implementation of Mission and Management Functions.

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Updates

Cross Match Introduces Dual-Iris Capture Solution at Biometric Consortium Conference

Cross Match will introduce the latest additions to its broad range of biometric offerings, including the industry's first-in-production dual-iris capture system, the I SCAN 2.

Updates

ICx Technologies Awarded $1.5 Million Contract by Department of Homeland Security for Development of Next-Generation Bio-Aerosol Systems

ICx Technologies announces that its ICx bio-detection unit has been awarded a contract by the Department of Homeland Security to continue development of a second-generation, low-cost, bio-aerosol sensor (LBAS) through the DHS Detect-to-Protect program.

Reports

Report of the Virginia Tech Review Panel Presented to Timothy M. Kaine, Governor of Virigina

This review of the Virginia Tech shootings Governor Kaine commissioned a comprehensive review by many nationally recognized individuals. In this report you will review the key findings by these individuals.

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Preparedness

Rocks, Shoals, Obstructions, and the SAFE Port Act

by Joseph DiRenzo III and Christopher Doane -

Just in Time! A well-crafted piece of legislation passed two years ago provides the blueprint needed to ensure the full and uninterrupted use of the U.S. port system that is the key to the nation's continued economic prosperity.

Commentary

James Lee Witt, CEO, James Lee Witt Associates

by John Morton -

The former FEMA administrator discusses the agency's reorganization process, the proposed establishment of a national catastrophic-insurance fund, FEMA's working relationship with the ARC, and the rationale for upgrading the agency to cabinet-level.

Commentary

Debris Monitors - Cleaning Up and Clearing Out

by Kirby McCrary -

The crisis is not really "over" until the paperwork has been completed - in full, on time, and frequently in triplicate. In the field of debris removal adherence to that old saying is sometimes the difference between bankruptcy and prosperity.

Updates

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Graduates First Advanced Radiation-Detection Course

This course graduates learned skills in detecting radioactive material, assessing detection-instrument alarms, and adjudicating radiological and nuclear alarms.

Updates

Palm Beach, Fla. Welcomes New Tool in Fighting Terror Weapons

Radiation Portal Monitors are one of U.S. Customs and Border Protection's (CBP) newest tools in securing the nation's borders by detecting radiological emissions coming from containers entering into the commerce of the United States.

Updates

Department of Homeland Security and the State of Arizona Team Up to Advance Secure ID Initiatives

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the state of Arizona have agreed to partner on efforts that will potentially enhance the security of state drivers' licenses to meet Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) requirements.

Updates

State of Kentucky Selects Integrated Warehousing Solutions' IRMS Warehouse Management System For its Inventory and Patient Tracking System

The Kentucky Public Health Interoperable Communication System (KPHICS), a wide-ranging program that will allow interoperable communications and incident management between the state and local health departments statewide.

Updates

American Innovations Inc. Announces Release of the Company's New Explosives Trace Detector

Designed for first responders, security checkpoints, military personnel, & K-9 support teams, the XD-2i portable explosives trace detector (ETD) will reliably detect over 40 explosives without false positives in normal to extreme environmental conditions.

Updates

USS-Cole Inspired Port Barrier System

Harbor Offshore Barriers Inc. has produced two types of barrier systems to help prevent maritime attacks. This system is designed to stop a wide variety of commercial and recreational vessels.