Preparedness

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.

ASTM-E 2458: A Mandatory Sample of Common Sense

by Jason Pastuch -

HazMat and EMS technicians across the nation will be working from the same text, thanks to new biological-sampling techniques developed by the American Society for Testing and Materials.

USMA's CTC Addresses Global Terrorism Threat

by Christopher Doane and Joseph DiRenzo III -

West Point's Combating Terrorism Center plays a key role as U.S. colleges and universities upgrade their curricula to meet the new challenges of the 21st century.

Lethal New Ingredients in the IED Inventory

by Glen Rudner -

While U.S. hazardous-materials response teams are still learning to cope with early-model improvised explosive devices, upgraded "new" versions are being developed that pose an even greater challenge.

Interdicting a Suspected Suicide-Homicide Bomber

by Joseph Steger -

Terrorist suicide-homicide bomber attacks used to be isolated incidents; in Iraq they are now daily occurrences. The same rare-to-frequent pattern may soon hit the United States, & police agencies should be, but are not, prepared to handle such attacks.

Port Security Exercises and Training: A Formidable Curriculum

by Joseph DiRenzo III and Christopher Doane -

PortSTEP is the latest member of a growing family of exercise & training programs mandated to ensure that first-responder agencies are fully prepared to meet the ever-increasing challenges posed by terrorist attacks & mass-casualty events.