Disaster Preparedness | Emergency Response
The greater Boston area is shut down with bus and subway service suspended and local businesses and universities closed, as federal and local authorities chase down two men believed to have carried out the Boston Marathon bombings.
Federal, state and local investigators are in the initial stages of tracking down the person or persons responsible for two bombs detonated near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on April 15 that killed three people and wounded over 100, but said no one has claimed responsibility for the attack.
The latest details to emerge from the afternoon of chaos in the city included news that the bombs -- which were stuffed in trashcans near the race route -- contained ball bearings or BBs meant to cause even more substantial injuries to bystanders.
GSN 2012 Awards announced: White House deputy of homeland security recognized for leadership at annual gala
Hundreds of the best of the homeland security community’s federal, state and municipal government officials, government contractors, systems integrators, IT vendors and physical security product and solutions providers all came together the night of November 29 in a ballroom of the Washington, D.C. convention center to receive accolades.
The GSN awards dinner, which has become a Washington tradition over the last four years, offered a chance for the excellence and civic-minded spirit of homeland security efforts nationwide to be recognized.
The Government Security News 2012 Homeland Security Awards Program officially opened for entries on May 1, once again featuring 45 Awards in three broad Categories:Best Vendors of IT Security Products and Solutions, Best Vendors of Physical Security Products and Solutions and the 2011 Government Excellence Awards.
Government Security News has announced that its 2011 Homeland Security Awards Program will officially open for business and start accepting entries in the program’s 45 awards categories on Tuesday, April 26.
Despite official murmurings a few months ago that the fiscal year 2011 budget request for DHS might decline slightly, the budget package unveiled on February 1 actually shows a three percent increase in “discretionary spending” by DHS in 2011, versus the prior year, and modest growth, at approximately the predicted rate of inflation, in the outer years.
Hawaii Biotech, a Hawaii based biotechnology firm, has received a $5.5 million contract from the DoD’s Defense Threat Reduction Agency. The contract will provide funding to develop anti-botulism drugs that are designed to block the botulinum toxin that causes botulism, a potentially fatal disease. Botulinum is a powerful toxin that can cause serious illness or death through paralysis and respiratory failure. The substance can be used in small amounts for medicinal purposes in drugs such as Botox, but larger amounts of the substance can be used for potential terrorist attacks.
Portland, OR-based Erickson Air-Crane, a leading global provider of aviation services to a diverse mix of commercial and government customers, and the vertically-integrated manufacturer and operator of the powerful heavy-lift Erickson S-64 Aircrane helicopter, has announced that Brian Clegg has been named vice president of global aerial operations. In an anticipated move, previous vice president of aerial operations H.E.
Edward Davis, recently retired commissioner of the Boston Police Department, has joined the advisory board of Wallingford, CT-based Mutualink, which specializes in advanced real-time interoperable communications and multimedia solutions for public safety and emergency management.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has finalized a rule to increase thresholds for grant assistance available to disaster relief projects. The change aims to make more grant applications eligible to be processed as “small projects,” saving time and effort for grantees and FEMA.
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|Critical Infrastructure Protection and Resilience Europe||Feb 12 - 13|