Updates

DHS Accelerates Data Solutions to Uncover Emerging Biothreats

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate collaborated with the Office of Health Affairs National Biosurveillance Integration Center to launch the Hidden Signals Challenge, which called for the design of an early warning system to uncover emerging biothreats. Winners have been announced and move on to deploying their systems.

5 Communication Lessons Learned From Hurricane Maria

Hurricane Maria exposed residents to an increased risk for foodborne, waterborne, infectious and non-infectious diseases, and other public health risks. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention assembled a team of experienced communicators to figure out how to communicate multiple health risks to the public, especially to rural and isolated communities, when basic resources and services are not available. These five key lessons learned will help other communication responders prepare for the 2018 hurricane season and any future emergency events.

As DHS Secretary Nielsen Maps New Cybersecurity Strategy, S&T Lends R&D Support

U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Nielsen previewed the May unveiling of the department’s new cybersecurity strategy and issued a stern warning to cybercriminals. The Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) is working in tandem with DHS operational components by conducting research and development (R&D) in numerous areas that will help strengthen DHS’s ability to detect and defend against cyberattacks.

Dialing Up the Body’s Defenses Against Public Health and National Security Threats

Inspired by recent advances in the understanding of when and how genes express their traits, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's (DARPA) new PReemptive Expression of Protective Alleles and Response Elements (PREPARE) program explores ways to better protect against biological, chemical, or radiological threats by temporarily and reversibly tuning gene expression to bolster the body’s defenses against – or directly neutralize – a given threat.

Threat Detection at U.S. Ports

Technology used to track subatomic particles is at the heart of a rapid scanning system that identifies illegal or dangerous goods at U.S. ports and borders. This new approach, called the Multi-Mode Passive Detection System (MMPDS), provides rapid, in-line scanning of cargo for both security threats and illegal shipments. The system is completely automated and produces no radiation.

SAVER: A Responder Resource for Technology Info

The U.S Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) established the System Assessment and Validation for Emergency Responders (SAVER) Program to assist emergency responders making procurement decisions. Managed by S&T’s National Urban Security Technology Laboratory, the SAVER Program conducts operationally oriented assessments and validations on commercial equipment and systems, and provides those results along with other relevant information to the emergency response community.

Juvare CEO Unveils Vision to Build Enterprise Resiliency

Juvare, previously the Emergency Preparedness and Response Division of Intermedix, formally unveiled its new brand at their 2018 Summit in Atlanta, Georgia. Juvare will continue to strengthen its emergency management solutions, such as WebEOC®, EMResource, eICS, and others, while also developing a framework for enterprise resilience.

Statement From FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., on Federal Preparedness and FDA’s Response Efforts to the Ebola Virus Outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo

During the 2014-2015 Ebola outbreak, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) took new steps to advance the availability of investigational medical countermeasures, including drugs, vaccines, and diagnostic tests. The FDA is building on these lessons learned to assist in the global response to the current Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo and help mitigate the threat by making medical products available as part of critical response efforts.

FLIR Systems Awarded $2.6 Million Contract for Black Hornet Personal Reconnaissance Systems for United States Army Soldier Borne Sensor Program

FLIR Systems Inc. has been awarded a $2.6 million order from the United States Army to deliver FLIR Black Hornet® Personal Reconnaissance Systems. The units delivered under this contract support squad-level surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities in the Army’s first batch order for the Soldier Borne Sensor program.

EMS: A Critical Partner in Successful Community Disaster Planning and Response

Although emergency medical services (EMS), hospitals, emergency management, and public health all are fundamental components of disaster health response, none responds alone. EMS can contribute to planning and response for medical surge; assess risks and resources; bring their unique experience to evacuation planning, communications systems integration, and emergency operations plan; and participate in coalition exercises.