Green Building Plus Greater Safety Equals Survival

Emergency management is an evolving discipline that requires a progressive emergency manager to fulfill new and expanding requirements for success. Successful leaders in this field follow a systematic problem-solving process and excel at coordinating multiple agencies and information sources rather than simply being experts in one subject. The seven and a half traits discussed here describe the ultimate emergency manager.

Needed: More Effective Resources for Homeland Security

Few if any states will reject federal funds earmarked for any purpose or program. But recent analyses suggest that a high percentage of federal-level allocations for local homeland-security plans and programs are not as well targeted as they should be.

TWIC Program Close to Full Implementation

Most U.S. ports are now safer from sabotage and terrorist attacks than ever before in recent years. The safety imperative will soon be upgraded even more when the new Transportation Workers Identification Card regulations become SOP at all of the nation’s ports.

Funding & Capabilities: A New Look at DHS Grants

A new look at how DHS grant funds are being spent should be a major priority of the Obama administration. It will be difficult to find fault with the earlier focus on equipment, but it seems obvious that the previously neglected “planning factor” also deserves greater emphasis.

First-Person Report: Operation 'CAMCO' and How It Grew

A first-person report from a veteran firefighter and incident-management professional tells how the Town of Sandwich, Mass., and local military units joined forces to synergistically enhance their individual and collective disaster-response capabilities.

A Consuming Need: Improved Security in the Food Chain

Safeguarding the nation’s food supply – from the farm to the fork, so to speak – is not only mandatory for health reasons but also, and increasingly, a national-defense/homeland-security requirement as well.

Food Safety: A Few Questions for the U.S. Government

Most Americans eat too much and too often. Solving that problem is a personal dietary responsibility. Protecting the nation’s global food chain, though, is the government’s responsibility – one previously neglected, but now receiving close attention from a slim new president.
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