september 2008

Updates

Joshua Texas Independent School District Installs Rapid Responder Crisis Management System to Protect Students and Staff

"Prepared Response is pleased to work with the Joshua Independent School District to further improve their response to emergencies," said Jim Finnell, president and CEO of Prepared Response.

Updates

U.S., United Kingdom Border Agencies Agree to Exchange Critical Passenger Information to Protect Borders

"Strong partnerships mean open lines of communication," said CBP Commissioner W. Ralph Basham. "This agreement equips our frontline personnel with the information they need to protect our citizens & facilitate legitimate trade and travel."

Updates

AMTRAK, Transportation Security Administration (TSA), and Law-Enforcement Agencies Mobilize for Major Northeast Corridor Rail Security Operation

The operation enabled TSA and law-enforcement officials to further familiarize themselves with their local train stations and rail environments while establishing a highly visible police and security presence.

Updates

Rontal Applications Ltd. Announces Special Version of SimGuard Incident Management System for Efficiency Assurance and Operational Continuity of Border Checkpoints

This special version of Rontal's SimGuard incident management system will be used to ensure border checkpoint efficiency and the maintaining of operational continuity during real-time events.

Updates

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Announces National Fire Prevention Week 2008

This years Fire Prevention week will be observed October 5-11, and the theme is "Prevent Home Fires."

Resilience

Stadium and Venue Security

by Neil C. Livingstone -

Crowd control is today both a challenge and a necessity, as demonstrated by the Beijing Olympics and this summer's political conventions. The controls used, though, are often resented, and frequently expensive - but not as costly as a terrorist attack.

Resilience

International Standards for National Defense & Homeland Security

by Diana Hopkins -

There are many reasons - e.g., future sales, & an infusion of outside expertise - for including international partners in the setting of standards. There are also legal & security factors to consider, particularly in the fields of weapons & technology.

Commentary

China Today: Spectacular, Mesmerizing, Prosperous - But

by James D. Hessman -

An AUSA (Association of the U.S. Army) report takes a close look at the "New China" and sees not only unprecedented prosperity and a less hostile foreign policy but also a fierce nationalism and some still-simmering anti-U.S. political policies.

Updates

Rapiscan Systems Launches Portable Walk-Through Metal Detector

The Metor 300 Portable walk-through metal detector: a versatile, state-of-the-art unit that combines advanced metal detection technology with practical design elements.

Updates

Securitas USA to Use Advanced Detection Technology's Products to Provide Customers With Superior Security

Both companies will combine their industry knowledge and expertise to aid customers with the common goals of immediately detecting security breaches and fully protecting physical and human assets.

Updates

Connecting the Dots: Using New FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) Technology

The eGuardian system will enable near real-time sharing and tracking of terror information and suspicious activities with local, state, tribal, and federal partners.

Updates

Axsys Technologies Names Daniel Manitakos New Surveillance Systems Group President

"His strong engineering background combined with his in-depth knowledge of our markets and technologies make Dan ideally qualified to lead our Surveillance Systems Group," said Scott Conner, President & COO of Axsys Technologies.

Updates

Hirsch Electronics Earns Frost & Sullivan's Technology Innovation Award

"We take tremendous pride from our ability to deliver products that effectively blend proven solutions with advanced technologies," said Rob Zivney, Vice President, Marketing, Hirsch Electronics.

Updates

When Crisis Strikes: New FBI Technology Is Ready to Help

ORION (Operational Response and Investigative Online Network) allows the FBI and its partners to coordinate crisis situations no matter how many personnel are involved or where they are located.

Updates

Transportation Security Administration's Federal Port Security Credential Now Available Nationwide

The TWIC (Transportation Worker Identification Credential) program's goal is to ensure that any individual who has unescorted access to secure areas of port facilities and vessels has received a thorough background check and is not a security threat.

Preparedness

CPG 101: All Hazards and All Phases

by Kay C. Goss -

FEMA's new Comprehensive Preparedness Guide, scheduled to be released later this year, will be an instant best seller - thanks in large part to a distinguished heritage that started more than forty years ago.

Commentary

Customizing the Tool: The Tailoring of Crisis-Management and Mass-Casualty Software

by Kate Rosenblatt -

The U.S. healthcare system is in most respects the best in the world. But keeping the paperwork up with the patient is still a formidable problem, particularly in the handling of mass-casualty patients with several hospitals involved.

Commentary

'Zero Hour': A Serious Game for Emergency Responders

by James D. Hessman -

George Washington University plans to convene two "policy summits" focused on the preparedness needs of large cities. One highlight of the meetings will be a bloodily realistic videogame showing how first responders can help turn victims into patients.

Updates

SoBran Wins Contract with Social Security Administration

SoBran will support the Social Security Administration by using its innovative Radio Beacon Warehouse Management System, hand-held wireless bar code scanners, and other related technologies to oversee the movement and storage of critical information.

Updates

Mobile Training Teams (MTTs) Take Preparedness on the Road

The Center for Domestic Preparedness has averaged 58 mobile training events per week in 2008. MTTs offer hometown responders an opportunity to receive the vital training necessary to respond to potential threats, whether accidental or manmade.

Commentary

On the Anniversary of 9-11, Where Is Homeland Security as an Election Issue

by Jena Baker McNeill -

The campaign platforms of the Democratic and Republican presidential candidates differ in many particulars, but they should agree on most homeland-security issues. (Article reprinted courtesy of the Heritage Foundation.)

Updates

Texas A&M University Offers New Hurricane Exercise Program: Building on Lessons Learned from the Hurricane Dolly and Hurricane Gustav Emergency Responses in Texas

Following the recent medical and public health emergency mobilizations in Texas to cope with Hurricanes Dolly, Gustav, & Ike, a number of important preparedness & response issues emerged that have now been developed into a "lessons learned" exercise.

Updates

State of Louisiana Awards State-Wide Contract to Simulation Education Services (SES) to Test Hospital Emergency Response Plans to Cope with Pandemic Influenza

The contract will require a series of on-site training sessions and webinars to prepare hospital personnel for specific pandemic strategies, followed by a desktop exercise (a unique SES product) that will be conducted in all nine regions of the state.

Updates

American Public University System's (APUS) Emergency and Disaster Management Program Receives Specialty Accreditation from the Foundation of Higher Education

The Foundation of Higher Education (FoHE) develops standards designed to strengthen the disaster/emergency-management and homeland-security profession, and recently granted APUS special accreditation.

Updates

Washington State Protecting K-12 and College Campuses with Emergency Preparedness Technology

September is National Preparedness Month, and Washington State is taking steps to protect students by using a proven emergency preparedness solution.

Updates

Transportation Security Administration Officers Have Renewed Focus & New Look on Seventh Anniversary of 9/11

Although the uniform & badge represent the professionalism of the officers, it's what's behind the cloth & metal that embodies the spirit of TSA - a focused, intelligent, & dedicated work force that lives the agency's post-9/11 slogan: "Not on my watch."

Updates

Department of Homeland Security Fact Sheet: 9/11 Anniversary Progress and Priorities

Since 11 September 2001, DHS has made significant progress in protecting the nation from dangerous people and goods, protecting the nation's critical infrastructure on which American lives and the U.S. economy depend, and much more.

Updates

GE Security to Provide Next-Gen Chemical-Biological Identifier to First Responders

StreetLab Mobile is a portable, user-friendly, handheld device that reliably identifies a broad range of substances in liquid, powder, and solid forms.

Updates

Texas National Guard Selects SkyPort to Provide Emergency SatCom Solutions

In the aftermath of Hurricane Ike, the Texas National Guard is deploying terminals to have emergency communications in place of the terrestrial network for Guard units and other first responders.

Updates

Secret Service Veteran Pete Ochinko Joins Prepared Response, Inc.

"His expertise in developing effective prevention solutions will enhance Prepared Response's emergency preparedness & crisis management offerings for campus & critical infrastructure customers," said Jim Finnell, president & CEO of Prepared Response.

Updates

CANBERRA Introduces Cronos-4 and Cronos-11 Gamma Object/Tool Monitors

The Cronos-4 and Cronos-11 Gamma Object/Tool Monitors are the latest additions to the industry-standard Argos/GEM-5/Sirius family of contamination monitors, which are ideal for nuclear power plants and fuel-cycle facilities.

Preparedness

When Disaster Strikes: Gaining Peace of Mind

by Richard Weinblatt -

Members of the armed services, policemen, and other first responders accept the fact that when duty calls they may have to put their own lives on the line. But acceptance is much more difficult when the lives of family members also are being risked.

Healthcare

The Bruce Ivins Case: Pros and Cons

by Michael Allswede -

Did the suicide of Dr. Bruce Ivins write "finished" to the investigation of the 2001 anthrax attacks. Perhaps. But questions remain, there are some circumstances yet to be explained, & the case against him may not be as airtight as originally believed.

Commentary

A Follow-Up Report: Breakthrough in Towson - AHC's GIS Workshop

by Diana Hopkins -

The 29-30 July All-Hazards Consortium workshop focused on the exciting technological capabilities provided by the introduction of new GIS (geographic information systems) devices, and spelled out a number of formidable challenges as well.

Updates

Transportation Security Administration and North Carolina Department of Transportation Begin Pilot Test of Explosives Detection Technology at Cherry Branch Ferry

This pilot test employs backscatter imaging technology to screen vehicles for explosives before the vehicles are driven onto the Cherry Branch-Minnesott Beach Ferry near Havelock.

Updates

Rapiscan Systems Announces Follow-On Order From Transportation Security Administration for Approximately $15 Million for Advanced-Technology X-Ray Systems

The Rapiscan 620DV (dual-view) Advanced-Technology X-Ray Scanning System allows security officers to obtain multiple views of a carry-on bag. In addition, the systems have the ability to be upgraded in the future as new capabilities are developed.

Updates

Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies Announces New and Easy-to-Install LCN 4040 Snap-On Cover

"Closers without covers are at risk for vandalism, dirt, & unauthorized adjustment, which can lead to compromised performance and security. Plus, closers without covers detract from the looks of a building," advises Bruce Reynolds, LCN marketing manager.

Updates

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Fact Sheet: Critical Infrastructure and Homeland Security Protection Accomplishments

DHS leads efforts to strengthen the nation and help reduce the risk to critical infrastructures and key resources (CIKR) posed by all hazards through coordinated strategies that enable national preparedness, timely response, and rapid recovery.

Updates

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Launches New Phase of National Public Education Campaign

Travelers are reminded to prepare for upcoming changes to cross-border document requirements.

Healthcare

Undomiciled: Domestic Preparedness for the Homeless

by Joseph Cahill -

When disaster strikes the impact is felt by all members of the community, including those without homes, without power (electric or political), and sometimes (far too often) almost without hope.

Preparedness

Higher Fuel Costs, Less Public Safety

by Gary Simpson -

Napoleon said that an Army travels on its stomach. Today, policemen and other first responders use more modern means of transportation - but if a police car runs out of gas it stops immediately, and the impact is felt throughout the entire community.

Updates

Pennsylvania City Contracts Wi4Net for Citywide Surveillance Network

"CelPlan was able to offer a perfect balance between cost & performance with their hybrid fiber-wireless backbone approach which allowed us to optimize our grant funds allocated for the project," said Chief William Heim, City of Reading Police Department.

Updates

Defenshield to Deploy More Than $1 Million in Life-Saving Mobile Defensive Fighting Positions (MDFPs) and Barrier Caps to U.S. Military Units in Iraq and North Carolina

"Defenshield Barrier Caps and MDFPs are proven life-saving tools to harden entry control points and allow return fire from a place of security and safety for our troops," said Collins White, president of Defenshield.

Updates

Ahura Scientific's TruDefender FT Named Frost & Sullivan 2008 Chemical Identification Product of the Year

The TruDefender FT was designed to be used in a variety of emergency scenarios, including chemical attacks, hazardous spills, and any other situation in which unknown substances must be quickly and accurately identified.

Updates

ILC Dover's Sentinel XL HP PAPR Now Offers Enhanced Waist Belt

"We work hard in our commitment to our customers. ... They know what they need to make their jobs easier while ensuring their maximum protection, and we listen and respond to them," said Tom Grasso, National Sales Manager for PPE.

Updates

Bryant University Wins National Technology Award for Innovation in Emergency Preparedness

Bryant University has won the 2008 Campus Technology Innovators Award for implementing a system that enables first responders throughout Rhode Island & neighboring states to communicate with one another regardless of the communications equipment available

Updates

Santa Ana Unified School District to Install Rapid Responder Crisis Management System to Protect Student and Staff

Award-winning emergency-preparedness solution will provide school security personnel and first responders with instant access to critical campus information during emergencies.

Updates

Northwestern College Launches New Emergency Alert System

The new system offers college officials the ability, depending on the specific situation involved, to send instant alerts to everyone on campus or to select groups.

Updates

National Fire Academy Starts College Internship Program

The U.S. Fire Administration's National Fire Academy announces establishment of a new college internship program for men and women interested in a career in the fire and/or emergency-services fields.

Updates

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Creates New Position to Strengthen Customer Service at Ports of Entry

This new position, created to help implement the Passenger Service Manager program, is intended to strengthen customer service and increase professionalism at U.S. ports of entry.

Updates

DHS (Department of Homeland Security) Campaign and Coalition Members Urge Americans to Prepare for Emergencies During Fifth Annual National Preparedness Month

"National Preparedness Month [September] is an important reminder about each American's civic responsibility to prepare for emergencies," said DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff.