september 2009

Commentary

A Letter to Domestic Preparedness Readers

by Nancy L. Ward -

A senior FEMA official discusses her personal experiences during the 17 October 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake in California and how it helped her realize that effective response-and-recovery operations require not only the efforts of the "official" federal, state, and local agencies involved but also the cooperation of thousands of individual citizens.

Updates

Secretary Napolitano Announces More Than $380 Million in Preparedness Grants Funded by the Recovery Act

DHS (Department of Homeland Security) Secretary Janet Napolitano announced more than $380 million in grants funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) to pay for fire station construction and port & transit security initiatives nationwide while creating jobs and stimulating local economies.

Updates

Fire Prevention & Safety Grant Application Period Now Open

The FP&S (Fire Prevention and Safety) grant program supports projects that enhance the safety of the public and firefighters from fire and fire-related hazards.

Updates

Public Meeting To Present Nuclear Power Plant Exercise Findings

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency, Region IX, has announced that a public meeting is scheduled for 25 September 2009 to review preliminary evaluation findings on the performance of a full-scale exercise at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station in Southern California.

Updates

Sprint Provides Cellular and GPS Services to FEMA for Its Nationwide Vehicle-Tracking Program

Nextel handsets equipped with TeleNav Track GPS services give the Federal Emergency Management Agency both ease of deployment and reductions in cost for their emergency communications.

Commentary

Discovery Channel TV Series: The Colony - Week Ten

by Adam Montella -

The ambitious, entertaining, and stunningly innovative series ends with the volunteers' "Exodus" - "Escape" would be an equally accurate description - to a new and seemingly better world 150 miles or so south, a bit further inland, and apparently blessed with a greater abundance of the resources needed for human survival.

Preparedness

GIS Use During San Diego's Wildfires

by Mary Lilley -

The new breed of Geographic Information Systems - combined with improved communications and well trained, experienced firefighters - may not magically stop California's costly and now seemingly annual wildfires, but they are making serious inroads on the flames and proving to be one of the best procurement decisions the Golden State has ever made.

Healthcare

Expanded Duty for EMS Techs: Tactical Decisions

by Joseph Cahill -

With IEDs, the proliferation of new chemical and biological threats, and other dangers increasing in both scope and frequency, today's SWAT team needs some built-in EMS capabilities - best provided, of course, by specially trained emergency medical services technicians.

Preparedness

'Train As You Will Respond': CDP Hits Half Million Milestone

by Kate Rosenblatt -

FEMA's Center for Domestic Preparedness has become a world-class model for all-hazards training in a steadily increasing and widely heralded number of courses covering the entire spectrum of the new and still emerging threats in the Brave New World of the 21st century.

Updates

Rapiscan Systems Announces Inclusion of Four Products on TSA Technology List for Air Cargo Inspection

Rapiscan Systems Inc. has announced that the Rapiscan 620DV, Rapiscan 632DV, Rapiscan 638DV, and Rapiscan MVXR5000 have been included on the Transportation Security Administration's Candidate Technology List for Air Cargo Inspections.

Updates

National Preparedness Month: Your Emergency Kit

September is National Preparedness Month and provides an excellent opportunity to update or create your emergency "grab and go" kit.

Updates

Phoenix Group of Virginia Inc. Becomes a Distributor of LIFESAVER Bottles

LIFESAVER bottles produce filtered, sterile drinking water free of bacteria, viruses, parasites, fungi, and all other microbiological waterborne pathogens.

Updates

Northrop Grumman Signs License Agreement for Chemical and Biological Detection Technology

Northrop Grumman Corporation & Syagen Technology have signed a product development and license agreement to further strengthen their collaboration in the development of the next generation of chemical biological mass spectrometry instrumentation.

Updates

Universal Detection Technology Awarded U.S. Army Contract for Detection of Anthrax, Ricin & Other Biological Weapons

"This contract will provide vital bioterrorism detection equipment to the DOD for a very sensitive sector of our national security and intelligence," said Jacques Tizabi, CEO of Universal Detection Technology. "As the public & private sectors realize the risks of bioterrorism activity, we will provide them with the necessary tools to meet those risks."

Updates

GEOMET Listed as GSA Supplier

The United States General Services Administration (GSA) listing for GEOMET enables U.S. federal agencies and the military to order GEOMET's personal protective equipment, such as its DTAP-brand chemical protective suits, which are highly regarded in the industry.

Commentary

Discovery Channel TV Series: The Colony - Week Nine

by Adam Montella -

The Colonists fight, then reunite, but recognize that their chances of long-term survival diminish almost visibly with each passing week. They have done well - exceptionally well, under the circumstances - but know that a brighter tomorrow is many miles away. Can they make it?

Preparedness

CARD's Incident Command System for Community Responders

by Ana-Marie Jones -

Introduction to an innovative PowerPoint presentation on the how-to fundamentals of developing a united approach for a broad spectrum of agencies pooling their resources to deal with community emergencies faster and more effectively.

Healthcare

Agricultural Incidents and Effective Multi-Agency Coordination

by Frank Castro-Wehr & Mark Ghilarducci -

An attack on U.S. cities could topple skyscrapers, destroy seaports, and block highways, tunnels, and bridges. Those are all local effects. An attack on the nation's food supply could sicken the entire nation, so coordinating a response and recovery operation require a different approach.

Updates

Smiths Detection to Demonstrate Advanced People Screening Solution for Critical Infrastructure at ASIS 2009

Smiths Detection's new screener is designed to increase throughput while quickly detecting concealed weapons and explosives in security-sensitive buildings and areas.

Updates

EPA Announces Water Laboratory Alliance Security Summit

The Summit will actively engage a vast array of technical and leadership staff from the water, laboratory, and emergency response communities to learn about WLA Program elements, practice the WLA Response Plan (WLA-RP) for incident response, and provide hands-on experience with EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) security-related tools and resources.

Updates

DHS & DOD Announce New Information-Sharing Tool to Help Fusion Centers Combat Terrorism

The Departments of Homeland Security (DHS) and Defense (DOD) have announced an initiative to grant selected state and major urban area fusion center personnel access to classified terrorism-related information.

Updates

GAO Report: NORTHCOM Has a Strong Exercise Program, but Involvement of Interagency Partners & States Can Be Improved

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recommends that the Department of Defense (DOD) direct U.S. Northern Command (NORTHCOM) to consistently involve the states in planning, executing, and assessing exercises and improve oversight of corrective actions.

Updates

New Schlage Open-Architecture Modular AD-Series Electronic Locks Protect Access Control Investment

"This groundbreaking series of electronic locks means that purchasers will be able to buy a customized solution to secure their facilities today while protecting their access-control investment for years to come," emphasizes Karen Keating, Schlage electronic locking portfolio marketing manager.

Updates

DHS & GSA Participate in Joint Groundbreaking Ceremony for Consolidated DHS Headquarters

DHS (Department of Homeland Security) Secretary Janet Napolitano and GSA (General Services Administration) Acting Administrator Paul Prouty hosted a ceremonial groundbreaking event to commence the consolidation of a new DHS headquarters at the St. Elizabeth's Campus.

Updates

Ysleta del Sur Pueblo Joins U.S.-Mexico Border 2012 Emergency Preparedness Program

The agreement creates a tri-national task force to develop joint emergency preparedness strategies, develop a tri-national emergency communications & notification plan, and exchange information on hazardous waste to identify threats to the region.

Updates

National Preparedness Month and Your Family Preparedness Plan 

Putting together a family preparedness plan in advance for disasters or emergencies can serve you well in any circumstance.

Updates

MSA's Altair 4 QuickCheck Station Carries Out Bump & Function Tests in Less Than One Minute

The Altair 4 QuickCheck Station completes most bump and function tests in less than one minute, fast and efficiently verifying instrument gas response and alarm functionality.

Updates

TSA Implementing New Enhanced Threat Detection Capability at Checkpoints Nationwide

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced it is further bolstering existing explosives detection capabilities by deploying additional tools to screen powdered substances at checkpoints.

Preparedness

California Focuses on Mass-Fatality Management Planning

by Robert Gerber -

In a state already hit hard by out-of-control wildfires, huge economic problems, and various political controversies, it is at least somewhat reassuring that the Golden State is still a national leader in its planning for and ability to cope with mass-casualty incidents and events, both natural and manmade.

Commentary

Discovery Channel TV Series: The Colony - Week Eight

by Adam Montella -

The survivors gain an additional member, and encounter not one but several additional problems. Tempers flare, supplies dwindle - but human genius provides a spark of mobile optimism. What are the lessons learned that future generations can use to develop and implement their own survival plans?

Preparedness

Public Health, EMS, Emergency Management: Partners in Preparedness

by Kay C. Goss -

The brave new world of the 21st century has added weapons of mass destruction to the already long list of dangers facing individual citizens, political jurisdictions & humanity in general. The new keys to survival are not good weather and good luck, but cooperation and collaboration at all levels of government to provide for the common safety.

Updates

Upp Technology Enhances irms|PM for Fall Distribution of H1N1 Vaccines

The new version of the irms|PM (Patient Management) offers greater flexibility and faster patient processing, creating a more streamlined and user-friendly process for healthcare professionals.

Updates

CDC to Distribute $40 Million in Recovery Act Funding to Help States Fight HAI

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced plans to distribute $40 million to state health departments to help prevent healthcare-associated infections (HAIs). The investment represents the first time Congress has appropriated HAI prevention funds specifically earmarked for states.

Updates

TruePosition Awarded Multimillion Dollar Contract for Its High-Accuracy U-TDOA Location Technology

The Uplink Time Difference of Arrival (U-TDOA) is renowned for its ability to accurately and reliably locate any mobile phone in any environment, including indoors. U-TDOA is currently used throughout the United States to locate emergency 911 phone calls dialed by mobile subscribers.

Updates

HHS Secretary Sebelius Announces New Director of CDC's National Institute

HHS (Health & Human Services) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced the selection of John Howard, M.D., as the new director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) where he will play a dual role - in addition to being the director of NIOSH, he also will serve as the World Trade Center Programs coordinator for HHS.

Updates

United States & Mexico Announce Agreement for Cross Border Public Security Communications Network

The agreement establishes a bilateral working group through which the Department of Homeland Security of the United States and the Secretariat of Public Security of Mexico will coordinate the installation and operation of the network.

Updates

IPC Announces Planners Available for Pandemic Influenza: Continuity of Operations for Schools, Human Service Agencies & Service Providers

The Inclusive Preparedness Center (IPC) announces the availability of two new practical planners for schools and organizations concerned with continuity-of-operations planning for a pandemic influenza.

Updates

Thermo Fisher Scientific Successfully Field-Tests Mobile Radiation Detection System in Washington D.C.

D.C. police official says Mobile ARIS is a "strong defender" of the public's health and safety. "The Mobile ARIS takes any guesswork out of identifying radiation threats, performing this critical function automatically and instantly," said an official in whose jurisdiction Thermo Fisher tested the system.

Updates

GORE CHEMPAK Selectively Permeable Fabric Selected for Another CBRN Suit

This latest fabric from Gore provides breathability not found in other liquid-proof ChemBio garments. By allowing moisture vapor from perspiration to escape from the garment, this fabric reduces heat stress and increases comfort, allowing the wearer to remain engaged for up to eight hours without compromising his or her safety.

Updates

Former Deputy Administrator of FEMA's National Preparedness Directorate Dennis Schrader Joins MIPT Board

"Dennis Schrader is a forward thinking leader and consummate professional," said MIPT's (Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism) Executive Director David Cid. "While Deputy Administrator of the National Preparedness Directorate at the Federal Emergency Management Agency he was first to recognize our potential as a training & professional development center and provided vital support for our transformation."

Updates

Remploy Launches Much-Anticipated New CBRN Garments at DSEi 2009

The Coumil and Panmil are part of the new line of CBRN (chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear) protective garment solutions that utilize the latest technologies to help defence & homeland security personnel swiftly don highly protective and low body burden CBRN garments and respond to the situation at hand for extended operational periods.

Commentary

Discovery Channel TV Series: The Colony - Week Seven

by Adam Montella -

Another trip (always dangerous) to the L.A. River teaches the Colonists that the challenges they face are psychological and emotional as well as physical. They also know that they need a continuing supply of protein; fortunately, there is a lot of it scurrying about the warehouse.

Preparedness

Team Typing & Other Innovations: The California Way

by Jan R. Dunbar -

Mutual aid - between emergency responder agencies, and between cities, counties, and other political jurisdictions - is a noble goal, and worth striving for. But all the good will in the world is meaningless if equipment compatibilities are lacking, there are no uniform training rules, and other essential criteria are dissimilar.

Updates

Lapwai School District Installs Rapid Responder Crisis Management System to Protect Students & Staff

The Web-based Rapid Responder from Prepared Response Inc. provides the district and the Nez Perce Tribal Police, Nez Perce County Sheriff's Office, Idaho State Police, FBI, and other local, state, and federal first responders with secure and instant access, via computer, to critical campus information including floor plans, aerial imagery, and other important information.

Updates

Fact vs. Fiction: Correcting the AP (Associated Press) on Port Infrastructure Funding

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency is using $420 million in Recovery Act funding to replace aging infrastructure and enhance safety at 43 ports of entry across the country - through an objective, thorough, and transparent process.

Updates

Non-Disaster Grants Management System Rollout for FY2010

The Federal Emergency Management Agency will begin to use the Non-Disaster Grants Management System (ND Grants) for all of its Fiscal Year 2010 preparedness grants.

Updates

DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano & FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate Mark the Beginning of National Preparedness Month

"This month, we ask all Americans to visit Ready.gov to learn what they can do to help their families, businesses & communities stay safe during an emergency - whether it be hurricanes like Katrina, the fires we are fighting in California, or pandemic influenza," said Department of Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano.