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Bavarian Nordic announces two contracts for smallpox vaccine

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Bavarian Nordic announced on Tuesday that it signed two contracts with Canadian authorities for 65,700 doses of its IMVAMUNE smallpox vaccine. The IMVAMUNE doses, which will arrive this year and in 2015, will bring the total number of doses in … Read More »

DHS taking public comment on CFATS

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The U.S. Department of Homeland Security recently announced that it is currently accepting public comment on how to improve its Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS). CFATS was created in 2007 to fulfill the DHS authority to regulate the security of … Read More »

Utah approves State Hazard Mitigation Plan

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The Utah Division of Emergency Management‘s Mitigation and Recovery Section announced the recent approval of its State Hazard Mitigation Plan by FEMA. The plan is meant to evaluate the risks that currently pose the greatest threats to Utah. It includes … Read More »

Security specialist sought by State Department

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The U.S. State Department is seeking a security specialist for its WMD Countermeasures Division in Rosslyn, Virginia, according to a hiring notice posted last week on usajobs.gov. The person hired for the full-time, permanent position will spend 50 percent or … Read More »

DTRA hosting scientific opportunities webinars

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The Chemical and Biological Technologies Department of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) is hosting a webinar on Sept. 9 designed to answer questions about collaborative scientific opportunities. The webinar will consist of two sessions throughout the day and is … Read More »

University of Alaska seeks emergency preparedness director

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The University of Alaska is looking to hire an emergency preparedness director. If hired, the director will provide collaborative leadership and strategic direction for the University’s emergency preparedness capability at its three branches in Anchorage, Fairbanks and Southeast. They will … Read More »

Immunovaccine’s Ebola vaccine candidate shows promise in animal study

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Immunovaccine, a clinical-stage vaccine company, announced positive results on Monday for an Ebola virus vaccine formulated using its DepoVax technology in non-human primates. In a preliminary study using cynomolgus monkeys, the researchers gave one group two doses of the DepoVax-formulated … Read More »

PositiveID’s Firefly Dx system featured in Computerworld

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PositiveID Corporation, a biological detection system developer, announced on Friday that its Firefly Dx system was recently featured in the publication Computerworld. Firefly Dx is a handheld, point-of-need system meant to deliver molecular diagnostic results through the use of real-time … Read More »

CDC seeks health scientist

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is looking to hire a health scientist. The position, which will be based out of the CDC facility in Atlanta, Ga., will pay between $86,355 and $112,261 per year. If hired, the health … Read More »

CUSEC, emergency management personnel participate in massive disaster exercise

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The Central U.S. Earthquake Consortium (CUSEC) recently brought together first responders, emergency management personnel, and public and private sector organizations for one of the biggest disaster exercises in U.S. history. CAPSTONE-14, a week-long exercise that took place in mid-June, was … Read More »

Report released to guide construction of public safety broadband network

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The National Public Safety Telecommunications Council recently released a report differentiating between mission critical communications systems and standard or commercial grade networks. The report, “Defining Public Safety Grade Systems and Facilities,” is intended to guide the First Responder Network Authority … Read More »

Supervisory emergency management specialist sought by FEMA

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FEMA is seeking a supervisory emergency management specialist to serve as the director for a response division in Lakewood, Colorado, according to a hiring notice posted on Friday on usajobs.gov. The full-time, permanent position may require weeks to months worth … Read More »

Registration opening for Alaska preparedness conference

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Registration begins on Aug. 29 for the Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management 2014 Fall Preparedness Conference. Online registration for the event ends on Sept. 12. The conference runs from Oct. 7-9 at the Egan Center in Anchorage, … Read More »

CDC to award anthrax carbohydrate contract to University of Georgia

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced on Thursday that it intends to award a sole source contract to the University of Georgia (UoG) for the development of carbohydrate compounds necessary for anthrax research. The Division of Bacterial Sciences … Read More »

ASM issues lab guidelines for handling Ebola specimens

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The American Society for Microbiology issued interim laboratory guidelines on Thursday for handling and testing specimens from cases or suspected cases of hemorrhagic fever viruses (HFV) like Ebola. The guidelines follows the recent interim guidance issued by the Centers for … Read More »