Vermont Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security offers emergency response grants

Vermont Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security demhs

The Vermont Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (DEMHS) recently announced three grant funding opportunities for emergency response organizations. The grants are for communications equipment, the Law Enforcement Terrorism Prevention Program and the enhancement of special operations capabilities, according … Read More »

European Defense Agency holds defense workshop

European Defence Agency EDA

The European Defense Agency (EDA) recently held a biological reconnaissance and defense workshop in Warsaw, Poland. A total of 40 participants from 10 European Union member states participated in the workshop, according to an EDA press release. The workshop sought … Read More »

Asynchrony provides updated software release to CSTs


Asynchrony, an information technology consulting firm, recently announced that it provided an updated release of its mobile field kit (MFK) software to National Guard Civil Support Teams (CSTs) to help with July 4 events. The MFK has been deployed by … Read More »

OPCW Deputy Director-General Asirwatham inaugurates National Authorities in Asia meeting

Grace Asirwatham

Grace Asirwatham, the deputy director-general of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, recently inaugurated the 12th Regional Meeting of National Authorities in Asia in New Delhi, India. Asirwatham and Prajapati Trivedi, the chairman of the Indian National Authority, … Read More »

RFI for backpack-based radiation detection systems deadline extended

Nuclear symbol

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security recently extended its deadline on a request for information (RFI) for backpack-based radiation detection systems (BRDs). The deadline for the RFI is now July 31. Manufacturers are asked to provide a general description of … Read More »

Chicago Transit Authority seeks emergency preparedness coordinator

chicago transit authority

The Chicago Transit Authority is looking to hire an emergency preparedness coordinator. The emergency preparedness coordinator will provide general coordination to the Chicago Transit Authority’s Emergency Management Program by working with the City of Chicago, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security … Read More »

FAO warns of potential Ebola risk among West African fruit bats


The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) announced on Monday that enhanced efforts are needed to increase awareness among West African communities about potential Ebola infection risks from certain wildlife species. Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea are … Read More »

House committee to hold three hearings on counterterrorism

Michael McCaul

The House Homeland Security Committee scheduled three hearings for July 23-24 to discuss terrorist threats, terrorist travel and the emerging connections between criminals, terrorists and other foreign actors. The committee held the first hearing on Wednesday, which was called “The … Read More »

ChemImage Sensor Systems to develop CWA detector


Hyperspectral imaging company ChemImage Sensor Systems (CISS) announced on Monday that it was selected to develop a portable detection system for chemical warfare agents (CWAs) under the U.S. Army Next Generation Chemical Detector program. The work will be conducted under … Read More »

Study examines longterm benefit of rescue therapy

x-ray of ARDS patient

A recent study conducted by the Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, Wash., examined whether a long-term survival benefit develops for those receiving rescue therapies for severe acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). The results, published in Critical Care Medicine, found that … Read More »

Sen. Durbin praises passage of defense appropriations bill

Dick Durbin

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) praised the bipartisan approval on Thursday of the Defense Appropriations Act by the Senate Appropriations Committee. Durbin, the chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, applauded the approval of the $549.3 billion spending bill for … Read More »

Tekmira anticipates resolution of TKM-Ebola Phase I clinical hold


Tekmira Pharmaceuticals Corporation, a developer of RNA interference (RNAi) therapeutics, announced on Monday that it anticipates the resolution of a clinical hold on its Ebola therapeutic candidate by 2014′s fourth quarter. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration previously placed the … Read More »

FEMA, ARRL sign cooperative agreement


The Federal Emergency Management Agency and the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) announced on Friday a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) in the area of disaster communication. FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate and ARRL President Craigie signed the agreement, which aims to … Read More »

FEMA seeks federal preparedness coordinator

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency is looking to hire a federal preparedness coordinator. The position, which is located in Atlanta, Ga., has a salary range of $120,034 to $156,043 per year. If hired, the federal preparedness coordinator will manage large … Read More »

ChemImage Sensor Systems selected to develop portable chemical detector

chemimage sensor systems

ChemImage Sensor Systems (CISS), a subsidiary of ChemImage Corporation, announced on Monday that it was selected by the U.S. Army as one of the organizations to develop a portable chemical agent detection system. The U.S. Army Next Generation Chemical Detector … Read More »