Recently, responders and academics have trumpeted multiple emergencies as the next big threat to American security. These new threats include avian influenza, massive hurricanes and devastating earthquakes. Global media produce hundreds of stories calling attention to these looming disasters.Keep Reading
Colorado State University hurricane expert Dr. William M. Gray predicts 17 named storms, nine hurricanes and five intense hurricanes for the 2006 season, which began June 1. And though it's been seven months since Katrina's aftermath devastated the Gulf Coast region, we're not nearly ready to handle another major disaster.
Under the current framework for emergency preparedness, the burden of initial response falls largely to states and local governments. Historically, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has established 72-hours as the maximum amount of time for emergency response teams to arrive on scene, leaving local citizens vulnerable during what the National Response Plan refers to as “the initial 72-hour period of self-sufficiency.”Keep Reading
After a year that saw Texas experience both Hurricanes Rita and Katrina, Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) emergency management officials say they have learned from those disasters.Keep Reading
Inside one of America’s most unusual training grounds, elite units prepare for the worst.Keep Reading
After the attacks of September 11, 2001, many leaders in the private and public sectors began to recognize the promise of modeling and simulation technology in responding to terrorist attacks by helping decisionmakers reduce risk.Keep Reading
Public Affairs Offices (PAOs) provide the face and the voice of their emergency management agencies. Whether addressing the general public or first responders, public affairs practitioners must use every medium to disseminate effective, timely and accurate information.Keep Reading
Someday, first responders in training may feel the heat and face the danger—virtually.
The introduction of the National Incident Management System has created new challenges—and tensions—among local first responders.Keep Reading
Sometime this fall, the results of the TOPOFF 3 exercise will be made public. Authorities expect the after-action report to reveal—provided it isn’t sugarcoated—that, had this been an actual bioterror attack, the emergency healthcare infrastructure where the fictitious attacks took place would have collapsed under the weight of the sudden onslaught of so many sick and dying.Keep Reading
Scientists are weaving new technology into an old item of apparel, giving it a dazzling array of possibilities that could save lives in the future.
Imagine a shirt that monitors your body’s vital signsin combat conditions, detects bullet wounds and can sense the presence of chemical weapons to automatically seal, clean and decontaminate itself.Keep Reading
Scientists are looking to a lowly mollusk to learn the secrets that will make the next generation of body armor.
A look ahead at the largest and most advanced homeland security exercise to date.Keep Reading
As a panicked government desperately tried to identify the terrorists responsible for the Sept. 11, 2001, holocaust and to learn whether additional attacks were on the way, the nation was rattled by the unnerving possibility that it also was under bioterror attack. Within weeks of the Sept. 11 attack, letters containing anthrax spores—some highly refined to make them “aerosolized”—began arriving at the offices of news media personnel and US senators.Keep Reading
From lanterns to lasers, emergency response and warning has been critical to homeland security—and is getting new capabilities.Keep Reading
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The presidential election is upon us, budget negotiations for the next fiscal year are underway and the last round of homeland security grants has been dispersed and, in many cases, spent. ‘Tis the season for budget prognostication FY 2005. Based on past and current trends, budget requests and a potential political power shift, where do we go from here?
A tanker overturns on the Interstate outside a rural township; drums containing flammable chemicals are punctured in a factory; a fire at a local chemical plant requires the evacuation of nearby residents. Similar events may havehappened in your community. It’s also likely that most members of your community were unaffected or even unaware of these incidents. This is due to the planning, prevention and mitigation efforts of Local Emergency Planning Committees and the first responders who implement their policies. Since 1992, these groups have been aided through the Hazardous Materials Emergency Preparedness (HMEP) grant program, which awards funds to states, territories and tribal governments to support key training and planning activities.Keep Reading
Everyone knows that federal money is slow in coming but no one was sure exactly where the bottleneck lay. A pair of official studies looked at the problem—and revealed some surprising answers.
Applications for the 2004 State Homeland Security grants, administered by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), were due to DHS by November 30, 2003. As most first responders probably know by now, the states are required to pass through 80 percent of these funds to the local level. What you may not know is what exactly “pass-through” means, and what the implications are of your state’s pass-through approach on your ability to seek and obtain funds from the program.Keep Reading