Tuscaloosa EMA strives to coordinate, educate

Tuscaloosa County EMA

The Emergency Management team in Tuscaloosa County, Alabama, is directed by David Hartin, who recently said that his team stands ready to assist state agencies should an outbreak of Ebola or any other health-related emergency take place. “We and public … Read More »

Michigan’s DHD2 coordinates emergency response with other health organizations

Michigan DHD2

Michigan’s District Health Department No. 2 (DHD2), serving Alcona, Iosco, Ogemaw and Oscoda counties, addresses emergency preparedness by functioning as a liaison between local health care organizations and federal and state health authorities. “Our department’s priority in a biological outbreak … Read More »

Florida first responders attend hazardous materials course

Center for Domestic Preparedness CDP

Members of Florida’s Emergency Response Team (ERT) recently participated in a hands-on training seminar at the Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) in Anniston, Alabama. More than 20 ERT members from 12 Florida cities attended the Hazardous Materials Technician for CBRNE … Read More »

Hamilton County Public Health collaborates with Emergency Services for bio-emergencies

Hamilton County

The Hamilton County Public Health Nursing Service (HCPHNS) in New York heads up any necessary emergency response in the event of a biological outbreak strictly related to public health. The organization also partners with Emergency Services for the county until … Read More »

FDA approves rapid Ebola test for hospital use


The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rushed approval of a rapid-result Ebola test for hospital use on Saturday. The FDA issued an Emergency Use Authorization for the FilmArray Biothreat-E.1 test manufactured by Biofire Defense, LLC. The test can confirm or … Read More »

Nancy Dragani receives Distinguished Service Award

Ohio Emergency Management Agency

Nancy Dragani, director of the Ohio Emergency Management Agency, recently received the 2014 Lacy E. Suiter Distinguished Service in Emergency Management Award. Presented by the National Emergency Management Association (NEMA), the award recognizes emergency management workers who spend their careers … Read More »

Seaside fire chief calls local bioterrorism, outbreak preparedness efforts important

Seaside fire and rescue

Seaside, Ore., Fire Chief Joey Daniels is a member of the hazardous materials (HAZMAT) response team in Astoria, just 15 miles away, and is the head of the volunteer fire department in a coastal community with a strong tourist presence. … Read More »

U.S. making credible efforts to prepare for and prevent Ebola and other outbreaks

Peter Agre

Nobel Prize winning research scientist Dr. Peter Agre recently said the most important act in preparing for bioterrorism or disease outbreak is for the government to fully fund the budgets of research scientists. “I think lack of preparedness can be … Read More »

University of Iowa opens new Institute of Public Health

University of Iowa

The University of Iowa (UI) announced on Oct. 23 the opening of the Iowa Institute of Public Health Research and Policy (IIPHRP) that will bring people from multiple circles including healthcare and community leaders. The institute will be based out … Read More »

BioMARC awarded grant to help develop Ebola vaccine for soldiers


The Biopharmaceutical Manufacturing and Academic Resource Center (BioMARC) at Colorado State University was awarded a $2 million contract from the Department of Defense to aid in the development of an Ebola vaccine, it was announced this week. More than 3,400 … Read More »

Anthrax outbreak causes quarantine of Indian village


Indian health officials recently quarantined a village of roughly 30 houses in the Jharkhand’s Simdega district after an alleged Anthrax outbreak killed seven people. The infection has been traced back to a cow that had spores. Those who had eaten … Read More »

Battelle vice president: Better detection key to combating Ebola, other viruses

Matthew Shaw

Mathew Shaw, the vice president and general manager of Battelle‘s CBRNE Defense division, addressed a global conference on the future of biological threat detection on Wednesday. Homeland security and defense experts heard Shaw speak at the seventh annual CBRNE Convergence … Read More »

Fujifilm to acquire Kalon Biotherapeutics

Fujifilm Diosynth

Fujifilm Diosynth Biothechnologies U.S.A., Inc., (FDBU) will acquire Kalon Biotherapeutics, LLC, in a deal that was finalized on Monday. Kalon, which was founded in 2011 by the Texas A&M University System, is a biopharmaceutical contract manufacturing organization specializing in vaccine … Read More »

City of Malibu stresses individual preparedness


The City of Malibu in California wants its citizens to be prepared for any type of emergency that may arise. “We believe that it is every individual person’s responsibility to be as prepared as they possibly can be and to … Read More »

Alaska faces unique bio-preparedness challenges

Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management

The Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, under the direction John Madden, handles emergency management in the largest and northernmost state in the union. Jeremy Zidek serves as the Public Information Officer for the department and said that … Read More »