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Updates to the 2008 grant programs

On Feb. 1, after the 2008 Grants Guide went to press, the Department of Homeland Security announced changes to several of the most relevant homeland security grant programs. This addendum documents these changes and provides the most current information available. Deadlines are subject to change, particularly for those programs that have not been formally announced… Keep Reading

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Facing the Fires

Late last year, as southern California wildfires ravaged hundreds of thousands of acres, first responders in Los Angeles, San Diego and Orange counties were lauded for their rapid-fire readiness in battling the weeklong blaze. Keep Reading

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Pennsylvania Nuclear Plant Investigated

The chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission acknowledged Thursday that more should have been done to thoroughly investigate a tip that security guards routinely took naps while on the job at a Pennsylvania nuclear plant.

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America the Resilient

When it comes to managing the hazards of the twenty-first century, it is reckless to relegate the American public to the sidelines. During the Cold War, the threat of nuclear weapons placed the fate of millions in the hands of a few. But responding to today's challenges, the threats of terrorism and natural disasters, requires the broad engagement of civil society. The terrorists' chosen battlegrounds are likely to be occupied by civilians, not soldiers. And more than the loss of innocent lives is at stake: a climate of fear and a sense of powerlessness in the face of adversity are undermining faith in American ideals and fueling political demagoguery. Sustaining the United States' global leadership and economic competitiveness ultimately depends on bolstering the resilience of its society. Periodically, things will go badly wrong. The United States must be prepared to minimize the consequences of those eventualities and bounce back quickly.

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Campus Violence a Reality Schools Must Face

It has become all too familiar -- the newscast reporting a school shooting that leaves numerous innocent victims dead. A shooting at an Oxnard, Calif., middle school Feb. 12 left a 15-year-old brain dead. Two days later, Northern Illinois University lost five students on Valentine’s Day after a former graduate student stormed into a lecture hall and shot more than 20 people before killing himself.

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Emergency Alert System Loudly Makes its Debut

At noon yesterday, as a knot of professors climbed the Faunce House steps for lunch and a few straggling students rushed to class in Sayles and Wilson halls, a high, clear tone rose over the Main Green, hung in the air for about fifteen seconds, and stopped.

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No One Ready for Next Crisis, Canadian Nurses Warn

Almost five years after SARS, a broad-ranging University of Ottawa study that asked front-line health workers about their ability to cope with large-scale health crises found that many still don't feel prepared to respond. Keep Reading

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New Way to Test Nuclear Detectors Urged

The government needs to develop a better way to evaluate the effectiveness of technology to detect nuclear and radiological material at U.S. ports, according to a report commissioned by the Homeland Security Department.

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