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[3 Apr 2012 | Comments Off | 529 views]
If Japan-like disaster happened in U.S., results would be far worse

An estimated 20,000 people died or are still missing after a massive earthquake-induced tsunami struck Japan on 11 March 2011, yet some 200,000 people were in the inundation zone at the time; experts say that if the same magnitude earthquake and tsunami hits the Pacific Northwest, the death toll will be much higher because of the lack of comparable preparation; that 90 percent rate could be the number of victims, not survivors.

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[4 Aug 2011 | Comments Off | 2,019 views]
Emergency Management/ Disaster Preparedness Emergency Communications: Is It Finally Time for Next Generation 911?

By: Philip Leggiere
June 27, 2011
Texting, images and video can all be sent by handheld devices—perhaps the time has come to put them in the service of public safety.
When it comes to communication technology a lot has changed in America since 1968.
As a culture and economy we’ve moved from the rotary phone to the iPhone, from mainframes to laptops, from snail mail to e-mail, from telex machines to ubiquitous Internet connections.
Yet the 911 network, the nervous system of the nation’s emergency communications, has …

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[21 Jul 2010 | Comments Off | 1,694 views]
DHS adopts ASIS’s resilience standard for private sector organizations

DHS on Tuesday adopted ASIS International’s Organizational Resilience Standard as part of a program designed voluntarily to bolster the resilience of private organizations during man-made and natural disasters and emergencies.
Matthew Harwood writes that as part of DHS’s Private Sector Preparedness (PS-Prep) program, the ASIS resilience standard helps private organizations tailor a cost-effective, holistic resilience plan to ready themselves for a disruptive event.
“In light of the recent events in the Gulf, the importance of resilience cannot be understated,” ASIS international president Joseph R. Granger, CPP, said. “Preparing for, responding to, and recovering from …

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[5 Apr 2010 | 2 Comments | 1,118 views]
Most People Don’t Understand Cyber Threats, Says Former DHS Chief

–By Ben Worthen–
March 3, 2010
Michael Chertoff, who ran the Department of Homeland Security from 2005 to 2009, says there’s a reason that computer security isn’t up to the threat posed by cyber criminals: Doing it right is too complicated for most people.
A large part of the problem “is that the solution is inaccessible to the average consumer,” Mr. Chertoff said in an interview at the RSA conference in San Francisco. While it’s generally possible to secure a computer and protect one’s personal information. often those measures require technical expertise beyond …

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[11 Jan 2010 | Comments Off | 921 views]
President Obama releases ‘National Strategy for Countering Biological Threats’

We are experiencing an unparalleled period of advancement and innovation in the life sciences globally that continues to transform our way of life. Whether augmenting our ability to provide health care and protect the environment, or expanding our capacity for energy and agricultural production towards global sustainability, continued research and development in the life sciences is essential to a brighter future for all people.
The beneficial nature of life science research is reflected in the widespread manner in which it occurs. From cutting-edge academic institutes, to industrial research centers, to …

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[30 Dec 2009 | Comments Off | 1,891 views]
Wisconsin Emergency Management Administrator Ed Wall Hopes to Bridge the Gap

–December 30, 2009–
–by Eric Holdeman–
Ed Wall recently assumed the role of Wisconsin’s emergency management administrator. State directors come in many shapes, sizes and backgrounds. Wall comes with a law enforcement background. This might suit him well as he integrates emergency management and homeland security within his department.
Wall started his public service career in 1982 while in college in Connecticut working full time as an EMT. As a college senior he was hired at the Meriden, Conn., Police Department. He worked almost four years there as a patrolman, then five as …

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[30 Dec 2009 | One Comment | 2,041 views]
As attacks increase, U.S. struggles to recruit computer security experts

–Washington Post–
–By Ellen Nakashima and Brian Krebs–
The federal government is struggling to fill a growing demand for skilled computer-security workers, from technicians to policymakers, at a time when network attacks are rising in frequency and sophistication.
Demand is so intense that it has sparked a bidding war among agencies and contractors for a small pool of special talent: skilled technicians with security clearances. Their scarcity is driving up salaries, depriving agencies of skills, and in some cases affecting project quality, industry officials said.
The crunch hits as the Pentagon is attempting to …

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[21 Dec 2009 | Comments Off | 1,350 views]
DHS Procurement Office Eyes Contract Hybrids

Contracts would blend approaches
–by Ben Bain–
The Homeland Security Department’s Office of Procurement Operations is considering using hybrid contracts that include some performance-based provisions as a way to reduce high-risk acquisitions, according to a senior DHS procurement official.
In July, the Office of Management and Budget issued a memo that states that agencies should try to reduce by at least 10 percent the money they spend in fiscal 2010 — this fiscal year – on noncompetitive, cost-reimbursement, time-and-materials, and labor-hour contracts.
Although agencies are supposed to be using performance-based contracting as much as …

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[11 Dec 2009 | Comments Off | 1,308 views]
President Obama releases ‘National Strategy for Countering Biological Threats’

–continuity central–
President Obama has released the National Strategy for Countering Biological Threats. This ‘outlines the President’s vision for addressing the challenges from proliferation of biological weapons or their use by terrorists’ and ‘highlights the beneficial nature of advances in the life sciences and their importance in combating infectious diseases of natural, accidental, and deliberate origin’. It also outlines how ‘the risks associated with misuse and potential consequences of a biological attack require tailored actions to prevent biological threats’.
The Strategy emphasizes the need to:
(1) Improve global access to the life sciences …

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[8 Dec 2009 | Comments Off | 1,353 views]
Secretary Napolitano Announces Grant Guidance for More Than $2.7 Billion in Fiscal Year 2010 Grant Programs

– December 8, 2009
For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
Contact: 202-282-8010
FY 2010 Preparedness Grant Programs Overview
(PDF, 28 pages – 353 KB)
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano today announced the release of fiscal year 2010 grant application guidance kits for 13 DHS grant programs totaling more than $2.7 billion—funds for state, local, tribal and territorial governments and private sector entities to strengthen our nation’s ability to prevent, protect, respond to and recover from terrorist attacks, major disasters and other emergencies.
“These grants play a major role in our efforts …