march 2013

Updates

Terrorism Analysis: Quantitative & Qualitative Research Methodologies & Tools

George Mason University is offering a two-day course that introduces participants to a variety of quantitative and qualitative methodologies for the study of terrorism. The course also provides participants with an in-depth understanding of single and multi-methodological tools and techniques.

Updates

CDP Receives Reaccreditation to Offer Continuing Education Credits

The Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) recently passed a stringent year-long reaccreditation process that allows its emergency responder students to earn continuing education credits for most of the courses they take at the CDP. The International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) has awarded a five-year reaccreditation status to the CDP.

Updates

BioFire Awarded Next Generation Diagnostics System Contract

BioFire Diagnostics Inc. has announced that it has signed a competitive prototyping contract with the Department of the Army for Increment 1 of the Next Generation Diagnostics System Program. The system will provide military healthcare providers with timely and accurate information to guide individual patient treatment and to provide battlefield commanders with BW threat information for situational awareness to support Force Protection.

Preparedness

U.S.-Mexico Border Security - The Spillover Effect

by Richard Schoeberl -

Some statistical data suggest that the crime rate is rising along the U.S.-Mexico border and "spilling over" into the United States. Other data, however, suggest that such crime has actually declined in recent years. The differing results are greatly affected by the definition of "spillover," gathering and interpreting accurate statistics, and taking a closer look at the problem from the perspective of those living near the border itself.

Preparedness

Hybrid Targeted Violence: Fire, Firearms & Complex Threats

by Tracy L. Frazzano, with G. Matthew Snyder -

First responders have been specially trained to deal with fires, active shooters, hazardous materials, and other threats to public safety - but they are not as prepared for an attack that involves a combination of those threats, or even simultaneous attacks at several locations. One possible solution: Multi-discipline training to cope with, and defeat, multiple simultaneous threats.

Updates

There's More to the NFIP Than Just The Policy

Flooding is the most common natural disaster in the United States. The Federal Emergency Management Agency manages the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) which provides flood insurance policies that give millions of Americans a defense against flooding. But flood insurance policies are only one component of the program and just part of the protection that the NFIP provides to individuals and the American public.

Updates

CBP Announces Automation of Form I-94 Arrival/Departure Record

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection has announced that it has submitted to the Federal Register a rule that will automate Form I-94 Arrival/Departure Record to streamline the admissions process for individuals lawfully visiting the United States.

Updates

Written Testimony of CBP for a House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security

Written testimony of U.S. Customs and Border Protection Border Patrol Chief Michael Fisher, Office of Field Operations Assistant Commissioner Kevin McAleenan, and Office of Technology Innovation and Acquisition Assistant Commissioner Mark Borkowski that discusses the role of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in securing America's borders, a role that is shared with federal, state, local, tribal, and international partners.

Reports

2013 Report Card for America's Infrastructure

The American Society of Civil Engineers is committed to protecting the health, safety, and welfare of the public, and as such, are equally committed to improving the nation's public infrastructure. To achieve that goal, the Report Card depicts the condition and performance of the nations infrastructure in the familiar form of a school report card - assigning letter grades that are based on physical condition and needed fiscal investments for improvement.

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Preparedness

Enhancing Zones to Protect the Emergency Responder

by Glen Rudner -

The top priority of the responders who are called to a fire or other incident, of course, is scene safety. To reduce the chances of those responders becoming victims themselves, fire departments should communicate and work closely with law enforcement agencies to better understand the perimeters and resources that the law enforcement community uses to protect responders.

Resilience

Gas Refinery Attack in Algeria: The Lessons Learned

by Joseph Trindal -

When the In Amenas Gas Refinery was attacked at the beginning of 2013, the swift actions of workers prevented the terrorists from fully implementing their plans, which would have created a greater tragedy and an even greater loss of lives. A lot can be learned by reviewing the events that unfolded in Algeria and making changes that may save even more lives in the future.

Resilience

Gas Refinery Attack in Algeria: The Lessons Learned (Mobile)

by Joseph Trindal -

When the In Amenas Gas Refinery was attacked at the beginning of 2013, the swift actions of workers prevented the terrorists from fully implementing their plans, which would have created a greater tragedy and an even greater loss of lives. A lot can be learned by reviewing the events that unfolded in Algeria and making changes that may save even more lives in the future.

Preparedness

Improving Officer Safety Through Preparation and Practice

by Monica Giovachino -

Although the Incident Command System (ICS) concept has been available for use since 1968, many law enforcement agencies are still faced with difficulties implementing ICS each and every time it is needed. When implemented properly, ICS can prevent some officers from dying in the line of duty.

Updates

ChemProDM Module, Now With 10,000 Hour Pump, Provides Comprehensive CWA & TIC Detection for Vehicles, Robots & OEMs

The newly improved ChemProDM (ChemPro Detector Module) now includes a 10,000 hour pump similar to the pump used in the permanently mounted detectors. This compact module for the detection and classification of Toxic Industrial Chemical (TIC) and Chemical Warfare Agent (CWA) vapors can easily be used in 24-hour/seven-days a week applications.

Updates

Assistant Secretary for Preparedness & Response Nicole Lurie's Statement on the Pandemic & All-Hazards Preparedness Reauthorization Act

"The reauthorization act is recognition of the importance of investing in innovation and supporting communities in public health preparedness. The programs and flexibilities provided through the reauthorized law will help move preparedness forward for the country and ultimately help build communities that are more resilient when faced with disaster."

Updates

First Line Technology Announces Launch of Online Store Featuring PhaseCore & DeconGel

First Line Technology, a supplier of Out of the Box solutions to first responders and U.S. military bases near Washington, D.C., is pleased to announce the launch of its online store, which will provide customers the opportunity to learn more about First Line Technology's most popular products and to purchase them with greater ease.

Updates

Advancing the Information Sharing Environment

Information sharing between federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial partners is critical to U.S. national security. The Department of Homeland Security has updated its Information Sharing Segment Architecture - which will serve as a road map to guide implementation and investment efforts in information sharing.

Reports

Pandemic & All-Hazards Preparedness Reauthorization Act of 2013

On 13 March 2013, President Barack Obama signed into law the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Reauthorization Act (PAHPRA) of 2013. This legislation (H.R. 307) was developed to help strengthen national preparedness and response capabilities for public health emergencies, optimize state and local all-hazards preparedness, enhance the review of medical countermeasures, and accelerate advanced research and development.

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Updates

The American Red Cross Launches Online Volunteer Connection System

"Our new Volunteer Connection system will be a great benefit for the Red Cross, a great tool for our volunteers and a great asset to our service in communities," said Gail McGovern, president and CEO of the Red Cross. "We believe Volunteer Connection will improve our response to community needs and deliver services of the Red Cross mission by better engaging one of our greatest assets - the talents, time, and dedication of our volunteers."

Preparedness

Predictive Policing: Actionable Information About Potential Crimes

by Rodrigo (Roddy) Moscoso -

The most cost-effective way to fight crime may well be to prevent it from happening in the first place. Current predictive software is helping law enforcement agencies combat crime by directing their limited resources to the locations where they will be most useful. However, doing so may raise certain legal concerns in the future.

Preparedness

Unique Dangers Posed by Lone-Wolf Terrorists

by Jeffrey D. Simon -

Members of terrorist organizations such as al-Qaida follow a general, albeit loose, organizational/leadership structure, which includes planning and communicating with other members of their group or cell. The sometimes greater danger posed by lone wolves, on the other hand, is that they are not limited by the views and actions of other members and not as susceptible to having their plans and communications intercepted and disclosed.

Commentary

Safer Schools Through Advance Planning

by Donald J. Cymrot, with Stephen E. Rickman -

Any mass shooting undoubtedly has a significant impact in and around the jurisdiction where the tragedy occurs. When such events involve children, however, there often tends to be a much broader response from members of the population at large who have no direct connection to the jurisdiction or to the victims involved. Federal agencies are taking steps to make schools safer, but the ultimate responsibility falls on each school having in place a comprehensive emergency management plan.

Updates

NIH Study Sheds Light on Role of Climate in Influenza Transmission

Two types of environmental conditions - cold-dry and humid-rainy - are associated with seasonal influenza epidemics, according to an epidemiological study led by researchers at the National Institutes of Health's Fogarty International Center. The paper, published in "PLoS Pathogens," presents a simple climate-based model that maps influenza activity globally and accounts for the diverse range of seasonal patterns observed across temperate, subtropical, and tropical regions.

Updates

L-3 Security & Detection Systems' eXaminer EDS Receives New TSA Certification

L-3 Security & Detection Systems (SDS) has announced that its eXaminer® 3DX and 3DX-ES explosives detection systems (EDS) have been certified by the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA). These are the first systems to pass the TSA's rigorous new certification standard.

Updates

FTA, FEMA Sign Agreement Outlining Roles for Addressing Public Transit Needs Following Hurricane Sandy & Future Major Disasters

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) that outlines the roles and responsibilities of both agencies in providing federal assistance to repair and restore public transportation systems in areas the President has declared a major disaster or emergency.

Updates

National Fire Academy Launches New Course for Training Officers

The National Fire Academy invites fire and emergency medical services training officers to apply for pilot offerings of its new course, 21st Century Training for Fire/EMS Training Officers (P0354). The course promotes ideas for change and innovation and teaches how new methods, technologies, and safety measures can be integrated into a local training program.

Healthcare

Staying Ahead of 'The Big One'

by Joseph Cahill -

The middle of an emergency-response situation is too late to consult plans designed for a specific incident. To ensure that decision makers and first responders are fully prepared to cope with potential disasters, the plans and equipment needed should already be on hand. Providing the availability of an expandable plan, reinforced by and during daily operations, is the best way to help prepare for the next major disaster lurking just over the horizon.

Preparedness

Missing in Action: Private-Sector Situational Awareness

by Michael J. Pitts -

Immediately following an incident, the truly "first" responders usually are private citizens. However, the private sector's responsibilities really begin by: identifying the warning signs, understanding the roles each citizen plays in the four phases of emergency management, and educating and training individual responders.

Preparedness

Police Training for Hazardous Threats

by Shannon Arledge -

Hazardous material threats come in many forms and can be found in any law enforcement jurisdiction. When police officers and other responders encounter such threats their lives and the safety of many others may depend on them knowing what to do and how to do it. Training them, and helping them train others, may significantly reduce the number of casualties in future toxic-agent or biological incidents.

Updates

DHS Launches National Initiative for Cybersecurity Careers & Studies (NICCS)

"The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is committed to working with our partners in academia and throughout the private sector to develop the next generation of cyber professionals to protect against evolving cyber threats," said Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano. "NICCS provides a comprehensive online resource for cyber education and training."

Updates

Pandemics, Bioterrorism & International Security Course

The George Mason University is offering a three-day, non-credit short-course designed to introduce participants to the challenges facing the world at the intersection of biodefense and public health.

Updates

CBP Testimony: What Does a Secure Border Look Like

The official testimony of U.S. Customs and Border Protection U.S. Border Patrol Chief Michael Fisher and Office of Field Operations Acting Assistant Commissioner Kevin McAleenan on the role of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection in securing America's border - and what a secure border looks like.

Updates

Radiological Emergency Planning: Terrorism, Security & Communication

The Harvard School of Public Health is offering a radiological emergency preparedness program that will explore the requirements and principles for creating a comprehensive emergency plan to cope with radiological events.