february 2005

Updates

Smiths Detection Selected By TSA To Provide Two Explosive Detection Walk-Through Portals At Las Vegas' McCarran International Airport

First Airport In Nation To Simultaneously Deploy Two Trace Portals For Passenger Security Screening

Preparedness

State Defense Forces: An Untapped Resource

by Brent Bankus -

With a high percentage of the U.S. active-duty forces, and Reserve and National Guard units as well, now deployed overseas, the nation's governors may be hard-pressed to cope with in-state disasters. The SDFs provide a quick-response, low-cost, experience

Preparedness

EMS in the Fire Service - A New Trend in Patient Care

by Rob Schnepp -

Tomorrow's fire departments will still fight the flames first. But then they will have other burning problems to cope with - chemical spills, for example; and a fast-growing spectrum of biological hazards now available over the counter or at the local ter

Preparedness

GIS Solutions for Medium and Small Law-Enforcement Agencies

by Jay Kehoe -

The new crop of GIS (Geographic Information Systems) programs are compact, affordable, and immensely useful. The local patrol car can use them to check property records, the underground infrastructure, and even the names and breeds of neighborhood dogs.

Resilience

First-Responder Accreditation: The Pros and Cons

by Ashley Moore -

States, cities, and the federal government are moving at flank speed to upgrade their various, and varying, domestic-preparedness and counterterrorism capabilities. But are they moving in lockstep, and headed toward the same goal? No one knows.

Resilience

Arkansas, New Jersey and Alaska

by Anthony Lanzillotti -

Featured in this issue: The Arkansas Department of Emergency Management sets an ambitious goal; New Jersey Counter-Terrorism Symposium attracts an all-star audience of preparedness professionals; and Alaska focuses on two major summer exercises.

Updates

State of Maryland Awards $1.8 Million Contract to TVI Corporation for Mobile Emergency Power Systems

will provide the State of Maryland with increased first response capabilities in the Greater Baltimore area for use when power outages occur as a result of WMD, terrorist attacks, accidents or natural disaster

Updates

Departments of Homeland Security and State Announce Improved Visa Processing for International Travelers

The Departments of State and Homeland Security have worked closely over the past two years to develop visa and port of entry policies and programs that not only maintain a high degree of security for America, but also facilitate travel to the United State

Updates

Homeland Security Launches Regional Technology Integration Initiative in Seattle

"This initiative helps communities strengthen their security posture by speeding the introduction and implementation of new technologies," said Dr. Charles McQueary, Homeland Security Under Secretary for Science and Technology.

Resilience

February 23, 2005 Report

featuring New Jersey, Illinois, Oregon and Georgia

Updates

RAE Systems Reports Fourth Quarter and Year-end 2004 Results

Fourth Quarter Revenue Increased 75% from the Fourth Quarter of 2003; Annual 2004 Revenue Increased 46% from 2003

Updates

SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY MICHAEL CHERTOFF ANNOUNCES MEMBERS OF SENIOR STAFF

John F. Wood as Chief of Staff and Brian R. Besanceney as Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs

Updates

TESTIMONY BY DEPUTY SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY ADMIRAL JAMES LOY BEFORE THE SENATE SELECT COMMITTEE ON INTELLIGENCE

discuss the threats against the United States homeland, as well as some of the capabilities we have developed, and must continue to develop, to confront these threats.

Updates

Emergency Response Guidebook Released by the Department of Transportation

The Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG2004) was developed jointly by the US Department of Transportation, Transport Canada, and the Secretariat of Communications and Transportation of Mexico (SCT) for use by firefighters, police, and other emergency servic

Reports

DHS Privacy Office Issues First Report To Congress

DHS Chief Privacy Officer submits a report to the U.S. Congress on the first year of operations of the Privacy Office at the Department of Homeland Security.

View Full Report
Updates

Bulldog Technologies Security Solution Plays Crucial Part in Successful New Jersey State Police Sting Operation

Mini BOSS Tracks Thieves Across State Line Right To and Within Warehouse Resulting in Arrests of Suspects

Updates

Baltimore/Washington International Airport Gets Explosives Trace Detection Portal

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced that Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI) will be the eighth airport to receive a new explosives detection trace portal to screen passengers at the Pier D security checkpoint, starting

Commentary

A Note From the Publisher

by Martin Masiuk -

Responding to the whirlwind of change that has engulfed the field of domestic preparedness since the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001, DomPrep.Com has revised and expanded its mission, its audience, and the scope of its coverage. Readers' comments

Healthcare

Days of Reckoning: The Maximum Effort

by Joseph Cahill -

In times of major disasters, natural or manmade, few if any hospitals or other agencies have the personnel and other resources needed to handle all the casualties. But a good start can be made by planning ahead, training, working with other hospitals, and

Commentary

Protecting U.S. Ports: A Challenge of Staggering Magnitude

by James D. Hessman -

The U.S. Coast Guard, the world's foremost lifesaving agency, is facing probably the most difficult task that has ever confronted the multi-mission service: ensuring U.S. port security in the new age of terrorism. Failure is not an option, USCG resources

Podcast

Adm. James M. Loy, USCG (Ret.), Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security

On February 3, 2005, the day after President Bush's State of the Union Address, DomPrep's John Morton, James D. Hessman, and Martin Masiuk visited with retired Coast Guard Admiral James M. Loy, Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), at his headquarters in Washington.

Admiral Loy addresses the soon-to-be released National Cargo Security Strategy:

  • overall cargo security strategy 
  • when it will be released 
  • cargo security standards and best practices 
  • making the return on investment (RoI) case for implementing security technologies and procedures 
  • risk management and the review process for port security grants 

Admiral Loy discussing the National Response Plan (NRP):

  • how DHS and homeland security stakeholders put the NRP together 
  • the interface with state, local and tribal governments and the private sector 

Admiral Loy talks about the organizational structure provided by the NRP:

  • Homeland Security Operations Center (HSOC) 
  • National Infrastructure Coordinating Center (NICC) 
  • National Response Coordination Center (NRCC) 
  • Regional Response Coordination Center (RRCC) 
  • Joint Field Office (JFO) 
  • Principal Federal Office (PFO) 
  • Interagency Incident Management Group (IIMG) 

Admiral Loy speaks the NRP and training:

  • private sector input to preparedness response and planning 
  • NRP training modules 
  • NRP Web Site for further information 

Thanks to the staff of Acting Secretary Admiral Loy, and especially Kathleen Montgomery for making this interview possible.

Updates

Fact Sheet: U.S. Department of Homeland Security FY 2006 Budget Request Includes Seven Percent Increase

President George W. Bush's FY 2006 budget request includes a total of $41.1 billion for the Department of Homeland Security.

Updates

TSA and Technology: Working Better Together for You

Through partnerships with industry, TSA has deployed the latest technology to detect weapons and explosives in a variety of transportation environments.

Updates

U.S. Department of Homeland Security Completes Environmental Review for the National Biodefense Analysis and Countermeasures Center

The NBACC facility, managed by Homeland Security's Science & Technology directorate, will strengthen America's ability to defend against biological terrorism by addressing the need for scientific research to better anticipate, prevent, and mitigate the co

Updates

Securing the Global Supply Chain

Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) Strategic Plan

Updates

BAE SYSTEMS LAUNCHES NEW UNCOOLED INFRARED CAMERA

first environmentally qualified, uncooled 640x480 infrared camera designed for day and night surveillance and general imaging applications

Updates

BAE SYSTEMS TO SUPPORT FBI NETWORK OPERATIONS

As prime contractor, BAE Systems will provide technical resources to support FBI engineering and implementation efforts covering operational networks to include servers, email, and router switches.

Updates

Hazmat Threat Assessment Program - Background Checks Now Required for Hazmat Truck Drivers

Transportation Security Administration (TSA) now requires the collection of biographical information and fingerprints from applicants who wish to obtain a new Hazardous Materials Endorsement (HME) on their state-issued Commercial Driver's License (CDL).

Updates

Jacksonville International Airport To Receive an Explosives Trace Detection Portal

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) today announced that Jacksonville International Airport will begin using an explosives trace portal machine to screen passengers starting today.

Updates

National Response Plan

The National Response Plan establishes a comprehensive all-hazards approach to enhance the ability of the United States to manage domestic incidents.

Updates

HAZMATCAD Plus HOMELAND SECURITY TECHNOLOGY VERIFICATION TESTING COMPLETED

comprehensive CWA and TIC (toxic industrial chemical) testing was conducted for the EPAs Environmental Technology Verification Program