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Homeland chief raps disaster law

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said Thursday that the agency's response to Hurricane Katrina has been hampered because the nation's current disaster law wasn't intended for such a mammoth catastrophe and agreed with Louisiana's lawmakers who want the act revamped.

 

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Shootings highlight need for emergency response system

The catastrophic shooting Thursday at Northern Illinois University, where a gunman opened fire on 21 individuals before taking his own life, serves as a terrifying reminder that incidents like the one that transpired at Virginia Tech on April 16, 2007 are not as few and far between as we would hope. This event brings the issue of campus safety crashing into everyone's consciousness and we are led to wonder: how would NCSU handle a situation like this?

 

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NYPD Warns of Chlorine Terror Risk

Undercover police secretly set up a fake company to demonstrate how easily and anonymously a terrorist could purchase chlorine on the Internet for a deadly chemical strike against the city. A videotape — presented Wednesday at a briefing of private security executives — discloses for the first time the results of "Operation Green Cloud" — a reference to the yellow-green color of chlorine gas.

 

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FEMA to Use Trailers After Tornadoes

Some of the thousands of trailers purchased by the Federal Emergency Management Agency in 2005 after hurricanes tore through the Gulf Coast may finally be put to use to help victims of last week's tornadoes, officials said Tuesday.

 

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Special ops to ramp up training

U.S. special operations, the top command in fighting the global war on terrorism, is reorganizing itself to show more of its softer side. Realizing brute force must be tempered by outreach and diplomacy, Special Operations Command (SoCom) is shifting some personnel away from the battlefield and toward the training of foreign armies, who in theory would then be able to hold al Qaeda in check without U.S. military intervention.

 

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Technology war game tests U.S. readiness

In the middle of the biggest-ever "Cyber Storm" war game to test the nation's hacker defenses, someone targeted the very computers used to conduct the exercise. The surprising culprit? The players themselves, the same government and corporate experts responsible for detecting and fending off attacks against vital computer systems, according to hundreds of pages of heavily censored files obtained by The Associated Press. Perplexed organizers sent everyone an urgent e-mail marked "IMPORTANT!" instructing them not to probe or attack the game's control computers.

 

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Command vehicles with a human interface

“In bureaucratic manuals, ‘command’ and ‘control’ are nouns,” noted Bill Iannacci, director of civil communications solutions for Raytheon, Waltham, Mass. “In the field, they know differently. ‘Command’ and ‘control’ are verbs there. You have to assert command and gain control of situations that inevitably are unpredictable and more complicated than anything you planned for.” Keep Reading

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Advocacy Group to Discuss Emergency Preparedness for People With Disabilities

The National Council on Disability (NCD) will hear presentations on emergency preparedness for people with disabilities at the New Orleans Marriott Convention Center, 859 Convention Center Boulevard, New Orleans, Louisiana, January 29, 2008, at 1:15 p.m. These presentations are open to the public and the media.

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Survey Finds Gender Gap in Attitudes Toward Disaster Preparedness

Men and women are on different pages when it comes to disaster preparedness, with males typically believing they are more prepared than women, according to a national survey by AxcessPoints, an online disaster preparedness service that helps consumers safekeep insurance, financial and medical information.

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Moulage Casts Reality With Mock Injuries

At first it appears to be the set of Hollywood’s latest horror film: Torn tissue, blood, lacerations, broken bones and even vomit are enough to make the strongest person nauseous and woozy. But this isn’t theater – it’s the Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) in Anniston, Ala. The use of artificial injuries isn’t a new… Keep Reading

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Americans Continue to Lack Disaster Emergency Plans

In 2007, the Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) declared 63 major US disasters. Almost every state in the country was affected, including Hawaii. In response to such emergency situations, Disaster Recovery America has formulated a Web-based emergency plan to help families and communities quickly get back on their feet.

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Pentagon Assesses WMD Response Training

A recent report has outlined weaknesses in the Defense Department’s training and education doctrine for military personnel who could be involved in the response to an unconventional weapons incident, Inside Missile Defense reported.

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