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Tue, 2014-08-05 04:36 PM
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Craig Fugate has appointed 12 new members and reappointed two current members to FEMA’s National Advisory Council (NAC).The NAC is...
Mon, 2014-07-28 05:21 PM
Eight of the top 10 U.S. cities that have seen an increase in so-called “nuisance flooding” -- which causes such public inconveniences as frequent road closures, overwhelmed storm drains and...
Mon, 2014-07-28 04:56 PM
In addition to its other widespread destruction, Hurricane Sandy also undermined the effectiveness of multiple sets of the Atlantic City Fire Department’s (ACFD) personal protective equipment via...
Thu, 2014-07-24 05:40 PM
The Department of Transportation (DOT) has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) detailing a comprehensive proposal to improve railway safety while transporting large quantities of flammable...
Fri, 2014-07-18 04:43 PM
U.S. flights are no longer allowed to fly across eastern Ukrainian airspace until further notice, according to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The “Notice to Airman” declaration is due to...
Mon, 2014-07-14 02:04 AM
The House passed a bill last week approving the continuation of a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) program aimed to secure American chemical facilities.Passed by voice vote, H.R. 4007, the...
Sun, 2014-07-06 04:40 PM
U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Anthony Foxx has announced a final rule that expands DOT’s current requirement that air carriers report incidents involving the loss, injury, or...
Thu, 2014-07-03 02:51 AM
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has denied a petition for reconsideration of its findings in the investigation of the 1996 TWA flight 800 crash.The petition was filed in June 2013 by...
Wed, 2014-07-02 02:53 AM
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has opened its first investigation into the safety of parasailing and has found that the popular activity is largely unregulated with serious accidents...
Tue, 2014-07-01 07:30 PM
Live from PortSecurity2014 -- Washington, D.C.-based Captain Andrew Tucci, U.S. Coast Guard chief of Ports and Facilities, Information Issues and Supply Chain Security, delivered a chilling...
Mon, 2014-06-30 10:08 PM
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration is reminding passengers who are flying this July 4th holiday to leave their fireworks at home. Fireworks pose a significant...
Tue, 2014-06-24 08:04 AM

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Maker Consulting, a private firm with experience in emergency management, private security, and information technology, recently launched a new website, http://www.profarsystem.com, to showcase its new patent pending approach to public safety. The ProActive Fire and Rescue System “ProFARS” Mobile App will allow any individual user to work directly with local emergency departments by sharing, updating, and alerting one another.

As America prepares to celebrate Independence Day, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is urging consumers to celebrate safely. A new CPSC study highlights an increase in the number of fireworks-related deaths and injuries. Device malfunction and improper use are associated with the most injuries.

Willow Grove, PA-based NMS Labs has announced the launch of its newest test offering for the latest group of agents to have come to the fore in the rapidly changing Designer Drug arena in the US. The Pyrrolidinophenones or “Pyrros” are potent stimulants with psychoactive properties becoming popular with young people and drug users looking for a newer, different high.

The convergence of drought-parched conditions, a recent rash of suspected arson-caused fires around the state, and the increased movement of illegal fireworks into California are bringing renewed commitment to fire safety enforcement efforts in the run-up to the Fourth of July. A linchpin for these efforts is the sale of Safe and Sane fireworks, which not only has proven to reduce the use of illegal pyrotechnics but also provides funds for enhanced enforcement efforts.

Palm Beach, FL-based Global Digital Solutions Inc. (GDSI), a provider of cyber arms manufacturing and complementary security and technology solutions, has announced the acquisition of North American Custom Specialty Vehicles (NACSV), a provider of mobile command/communications and specialty vehicles for emergency management, first responders, national security, and law enforcement operations.

Exelis C4i, a business unit of Exelis Inc. has been awarded a contract extension by Airservices Australia to provide its voice communications system to six additional airports. This extension brings the number of Australian airports served by Exelis C4i to 27, with presence at all Australian capital city airports and 19 regional airports.

C4i, which was acquired by Exelis in January, 2013, was Winner in GSN’s 2012 Homeland Security Awards Program in the category of “Best Interoperable First Responder Communications.”

Framingham, MA-based Rave Mobile Safety, the trusted software partner for campus and public safety, has announced the availability of Rave Panic Button. Uniquely tying together 9-1-1, first responders and school personnel, Rave Panic Button shortens the time between the onset of an incident and the arrival of first responders on-scene, while improving collaboration during the critical first minutes, allowing for the fastest, most effective crisis resolution possible.

Emerging global trends are impacting the operating environment of light tactical interdiction vehicles for military, law enforcement and homeland security operations, particularly helicopters and patrol boats. As they engage in higher-risk scenarios, such as supporting clandestine operations and penetrating inner harbors and coastlines, such vehicles require enhanced armor protection that won't compromise their speed, agility, range and payload capacity.

Commentary and Opinions

Whether an incident occurs locally or overseas, the response to a disaster can become its own storm, pulling people in from their normal daily duties and placing them squarely in the middle of crisis response.

By Nicole Lurie, MD

[Editor’s note: Nicole Lurie, M.D., M.S.P.H., Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, U.S. Public Health Service, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), delivered on Oct. 18, 2011 the following testimony to the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, entitled, “Safeguarding our Nation: HHS Readiness to Respond to a Biological or Other Emergency.”]

 

[Editor’s note: Assistant Secretary for Health Affairs and Chief Medical Officer Alexander G. Garza, MD, MPH, of the Department of Homeland Security, testified before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, on Oct. 18, 2011, and submitted the following statement, entitled, “Ten Years After 9/11 and the Anthrax Attacks: Protecting Against Biological Threats?”]

By Alexander G. Garza, MD

By Craig Fugate

[Editor’s note: Craig Fugate, Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, delivered the following testimony on Oct. 13, 2011 before the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management, entitled "Streamlining Emergency Management: Improving Preparedness, Response, and Cutting Costs."]

Introduction

In the 2010 Quadrennial Review of Homeland Security, the department identified an objective regarding individuals and families. Specifically, it addressed the reduction of vulnerabilities and the enhancement of resources in order to minimize impact and fallout from attacks and disasters.

The reason seems to be obvious. However, this is not usually the approach of homeland security.  The practice of homeland security, to this day, has been a top-down approach, yet, if the system fails, it is the citizen or local responder left to deal with the fallout.

 

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Stephen Meer, one of the founders of Intrado, Inc of Denver, Colorado, indicates that his company provides services and products to the 9-1-1 infrastructure, which he says is a very complicated ecosystem with lots of different constituent groups. The 9-1-1 infrastructure is like an iceberg, he says, with a little piece that delivers services to the public that is above the water line, and a massive infrastructure under the water line that supports it in operating seamlessly, continuously, dealing with all the regulations and issues in the world of public safety communications.

Mike Bostic of Raytheon points out that he spent 34 years as an Assistant Chief in the LAPD, where he worked about a third of that time in technology  and communications. And one thing he learned from his LAPD experience is that everything the military needs, so does public safety. But Raytheon is in the business of solving operational problems rather than selling boxes and devices, he says, and as a systems integrator the company sells solutions to specific sets of problems.

Kevin Madden discusses the nation’s first demonstrated multi-vendor interoperable Public Safety Long Term Evolution (LTE) network, which was deployed by a consortium of companies including Cisco and Raytheon during the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, FL.

Spillman Technologies is a vendor of public safety software used by law enforcement, fire and emergency management agencies, according to Dave Snyder. The company provides an integrated solution and specializes in multi-jurisdictional assignments involving agencies that want to collaborate with other agencies with information systems in large geographic areas. Snyder points out that the company has been in business for almost 30 years and has an extraordinary degree of stability, and its customers can count on major upgrades each year at no cost.

ESRI is the innovator of GIS, or Geographic Information Systems, which Paul Christin describes as a way of managing information and understanding it geographically, or plotting information, visualizing the data, and analyzing the dots to make sense out of the data. The company sells to 40 verticals, one of which is homeland security. Christin describes how GIS technology is used for planning major events, such as political conventions or the recent NATO conference in Chicago.

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Add Jerusalem-based Identa Corp. to the handful of companies that issued statements in the wake of the failed...

Legalzoom.com, an online legal service, and Donate Life America (DLA), a non-profit organization, have created and are offering ICE App, intended to help users input the compreh...

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