Preparedness

Chlorine Tactics in Iraq; the Challenge to America

by Joseph Steger -

Improvised explosive devices are harmful to children and other living things. Carried in a truck or other vehicle they become mobile bombs - which, combined with toxic chemicals, can kill not only the bodies but also the minds of an entire population.

How to Expand the EMS Talent Pool

by Glen Rudner -

Emergency medical services units are of life-or-death importance at the scene of large-scale incidents producing numerous casualties. But those units are overcommitted and frequently understaffed. Here is how local fire departments can help close the gap.

Area Maritime Security Committess - A Unified Effort for Securing U.S. Ports

by Christopher Doane and Joseph DiRenzo III -

The Coast Guard's Captains of the Port have the primary responsibility for developing effective port-security plans for their jurisdictions, but it has to be an all-hands effort or there will be, in nautical terms, a bitter end.

Changing the Rules: First-Responder Data Communications Tools Make an Impact

by Rodrigo Moscoso -

During the past three decades the introduction of a broad and varied spectrum of mobile data-access systems has revolutionized the communications capabilities of law-enforcement agencies at all levels of government.

The TSP Program - A Valuable Insurance Policy

by Joan Grewe -

The federal government has several ways for state and local jurisdictions to repair and/or restore their communications systems in times of disaster. But many jurisdictions either don't know how, or don't have the money; neither excuse is acceptable.

AIHA's Mock Meth Lab Highlights Health and Safety Risks

by Heather McArthur -

Science may be wonderful, but it is also extremely lethal, particularly when used to manufacture illegal drugs. The clandestine meth labs set up in cities throughout the United States are prime examples of disasters waiting to happen.

CERFPs: The Essential Elements

by Jonathan Dodson -

Quietly and without much fanfare, the National Guard's multi-mission CERFPs have become key units in federal as well as state plans to deal with mass-casualty incidents on the U.S. homeland.

Important Gains Registered at Small-Vessel Security Summit

by Joseph DiRenzo III -

Attendees at the DHS security "summit" conference last month represented a broad spectrum of small-vessel operators and other stakeholders. The consensus verdict: Much was accomplished, but much more remains to be done.

The First Scenario - A Nuclear Attack

by Jonathan Dodson -

The U.S. National Guard, already heavily committed in Iraq, faces an even more daunting challenge: protection of the U.S. homeland. DPJ's managing editor discusses the Vigilant Guard exercise series with senior National Guard officials.

WMD Defense in Eastern Europe and Central Asia

by Christopher Hawley -

Leading U.S. trainer in WMD defense gives a situation report on WMD response in Eastern Europe and Central Asia giving high marks to the three Baltic republics, Slovenia and Romania.