Updates

Disaster Recovery Reform Act of 2018 Transforms Field of Emergency Management

President Donald J. Trump signed the Disaster Recovery Reform Act of 2018 into law as part of the Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Act of 2018. With the economic disruption and the cost of disasters on the rise nationwide, the Federal Emergency Management Agency worked closely with Congress over the past year as they considered, and ultimately passed, important reforms to federal disaster programs.

Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense Calls for Action to Support SLTT Response to Biological Events

A new report from the Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense recommends eight key steps that will increase the capability of the state, local, tribal, and territorial (SLTT) public and private sectors to share with the federal government the burden of preparing for, responding to, and recovering from large-scale biological events.

DHS Announces Strategy to Protect the Homeland from Electromagnetic Incidents

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the release of the Strategy for Protecting and Preparing the Homeland Against Threats from Electromagnetic Pulse and Geomagnetic Disturbance. The Strategy lays out a clear vision and an approach for DHS to take to protect critical infrastructure and prepare to respond and recover from potentially catastrophic electromagnetic incidents.

HHS Seeks to Repurpose Burn Dressings for Radiation Emergencies

To prepare for radiological and nuclear emergencies, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will work with Argentum Medical, LLC of Geneva, Illinois, to repurpose its commercial product Silverlon for use for low-grade and severe skin radiation injuries after a radiation emergency.

Department of Energy Invests $28 Million to Advance Cybersecurity of the Nation’s Critical Energy Infrastructure

The U.S. Department of Energy announced awards of up to $28 million to support the research, development, and demonstration of next-generation tools and technologies to improve the cybersecurity and resilience of the nation's critical energy infrastructure, including the electric grid and oil and natural gas infrastructure.

French Authorities Choose Elistair’s Orion Tethered Drone as a Persistent Eye in the Sky for Security of the Ryder Cup 2018

A tethered drone built by Elistair was used by the French authorities to ensure continuous aerial surveillance of one of the biggest international sport competitions, The Ryder Cup 2018 held in Paris from 25-30 September.

Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen Statement on Passage of Legislation to Counter Dangerous Unmanned Aerial Systems

Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen released a statement on the passage of the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018, which will provide the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice with authorities to counter unmanned aerial systems used for nefarious purposes.

ASPR and DARPA Forge New Partnership to Deliver Novel and Robust Health Security Capabilities

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) have forged a new relationship to strengthen the capabilities needed to protect the nation from 21st century health security threats. The partnership agreement will focus on research, development, and deployment of medical countermeasures and technologies that advance U.S. readiness to respond to health security threats.

S&T Develops Terrorism Prevention Research Findings Dashboard

To counter the continually growing and changing threat of violent extremism, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) has developed a free and publicly accessible research findings dashboard that hosts more than 1,500 catalogued terrorism prevention and countering violent extremism research documents.

HHS Selects Pilot Projects to Demonstrate Better Approach to Disaster Medical Care

In a disaster, thousands of Americans may require immediate medical specialty care, surpassing the care available in the community. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response awarded grants to demonstrate how a new Regional Disaster Health Response System could meet these needs.