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Protecting Civil Liberties for Suspicious Activity Reports

by Jerome H. Kahan -

In the United States, First Amendment rights protect the privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties of citizens. However, in the absence of legal requirements for establishing prior probable cause or reasonable suspicion when reporting suspicious behavior, questions arise about the degree to which the suspicious activity reporting, Nationwide SAR Initiative, and Information Sharing Environment (SAR-NSI-ISE) process safeguards those making reports.


Beyond Running, Hiding, and Fighting

by Aric Mutchnick -

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s “Run. Hide. Fight.©” model serves as the foundation for active shooter preparedness. However, it does not address the needs of those with liability and duty-of-care concerns who must manage an event and minimize casualties before police arrive. A new approach to active shooter training has identified an almost untouched aspect of active attacker response.


Saving Lives With Gunshot Technology

by Edward Jopeck -

In June 2016, Orlando, Florida, saw the deadliest shooting in modern U.S. history. Although the shooter was known to law enforcement before the attack that killed 49 and injured more than 50 others, knowledge of extreme views or malevolent intent is often not enough to prevent a future attack months or even years in the future.


One Mission for Active Shooter Response: Saving Lives

by Richard Hunt -

Law enforcement and healthcare organizations – including emergency medical services (EMS), trauma centers, and other hospitals – have a common mission in active shooter attacks: saving lives. Law enforcement stops the shooter, healthcare stops the bleeding, but both must work together to ensure early access to victims and their rapid evacuation.


The “Not If, But When” Fallacy: Active Shooter Preparedness

by Research Group at University of Maryland -

The phrase “It’s not if, but when” may distort how certain organizations perceive emergency preparedness, especially in cases such as active shooter threats. This common expression leads to inaccurate threat perceptions and can result in leaders becoming complacent. Emergency managers should be aware of this potential odd pairing of a sense of inevitability with complacency, and be prepared to counter it.


Active Shooter School Preparedness: An Update

by Kay C. Goss -

Schools, colleges, and universities are diverse communities that present especially challenging situations. Safety officials know that they have to be extremely well prepared for a vast array of potentially difficult situations that can spiral. Fortunately, many resources exist to help communities prepare for such dangerous scenarios.


Addressing Threats – From Concept to Field

by Catherine L. Feinman -

To address various national threats and the U.S. Department of Defense’s (DOD) role in military and civilian defense technology, DomPrep hosted a roundtable discussion on 21 July 2016 at the Edgewood Chemical Biological Center (ECBC). That discussion, which was moderated by ECBC’s BioScience Division Chief Peter Emanuel, brought together professionals from various disciplines and is summarized in this article.


The Danger of Not Keeping Up With Technological Advances

by Melissa Moses -

The internet has revolutionized the way modern populations live their lives. From communication to commerce, the internet has changed the way people fundamentally operate. This extends to the life sciences as well. Technology and equipment once only found in research laboratories or universities can now be ordered online and shipped direct to the purchaser’s doorstep.


Paratek, U.S. Department of Defense Enter Research Agreement to Study Omadacycline Against Biodefense Pathogens

Paratek Pharmaceuticals, Inc. announced it has entered into a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement with the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases to study omadacycline against pathogenic agents causing infectious diseases of public health and biodefense importance. These studies are designed to confirm humanized dosing regimens and efficacy of omadacycline against biodefense pathogens, including plague and anthrax.

UTMB Researchers Develop New Candidate Vaccines Against the Plague

The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston have developed new potential vaccines that protect animals against the bacteria that causes the deadly plague. These findings are detailed in NPJ Vaccines. The World Health Organization has categorized the bacteria responsible for plague, Yersinia pestis, as a re-emerging pathogen because of the rising number of human plague cases globally.

HHS Pursues Tests for Radiation Absorbed in Nuclear Emergency

To help save people and better prepare the nation for the health impacts of a large-scale nuclear or radiological emergency, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) will sponsor late-stage development of two tests that can determine how much radiation a person’s body has absorbed.

NSF Awards $22.7 Million to Strengthen Nation's Infrastructure

The delivery of essential services relies increasingly on a complex, interconnected system of critical infrastructure. Ensuring these interdependent systems continue to operate during disasters is crucial to maintaining public health and safety. The National Science Foundation (NSF) announces new investments to promote better understanding and functioning of these infrastructures in an effort to improve their resilience.

HHS Awards Funding to Help Protect Health Sector Against Cyber Threats

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded cooperative agreements totaling $350,000 to strengthen the ability of healthcare and public health sector partners to respond to cybersecurity threats. The agreements will foster the development of a more vibrant cyber information-sharing ecosystem within the healthcare and public health sectors.