Philips Respironics to develop portable ventilator for pandemics

Philips Respironics

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently announced it will provide financial support to Philips Respironics for the development of a portable respirator in an effort to boost emergency response to pandemics. As part of a three-year, … Read More »

Indiana paramedics receive CDP training

Heather Coburn

Heather Coburn, the paramedic program director for Hendricks Regional Health in Danville, Indiana, is currently attending an Emergency Medical Operations (EMO) course at the Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) in Anniston, Alabama. Four other instructors and 15 paramedic students from … Read More »

European Union says it is fully engaged in Ebola fight


European Union Commissioner of Health and Consumer Policy Tonio Borg reassured West African countries affected by the latest Ebola outbreak on Friday that the EU is fully involved in the fight against the deadly virus. “The EU has been engaged … Read More »

CDP releases biological training overview video

Center for Domestic Preparedness CDP

The Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) released a video highlighting its Chemical Ordinance Biological Radiological (COBRA) facility in Aniston, Alabama, on Friday. The facility offers training focused on mass casualty emergency response to natural disasters or terrorist acts. In addition … Read More »

HHS funds drug to prevent cytokine storms


The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently signed an agreement to fund development of the drug AB103, which is expected to combat cytokine storms within the body. Development of AB103 will be supported by an 18-month contract … Read More »

FEMA awards $11 million in continuing training grants


Six organizations recently received training grants from the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency. The grants, from the Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 Continuing Training Grant (CTG) program, total $11 million and are meant to help with training and … Read More »

White House announces steps for Global Health Security Agenda

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The White House released a fact sheet on Friday that outlines the commitments of the U.S. government to implement the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) in response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. This year, countries created action packages … Read More »

Tularemia cases confirmed in Colorado


Several cases of tularemia, which is categorized by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as a category A Bioterrorism Agent, were recently reported in four Colorado counties. Tularemia is a zoonotic infection passed from host to host via arthropod bite, … Read More »

FEMA encourages National PrepareAthon! Day participation


The Federal Emergency Management Administration is encouraging citizens, organizations and schools across the United States to get involved in the national day of action America’s PrepareAthon! on Sept. 30. America’s PrepareAthon! is a campaign aimed at increasing emergency preparedness within … Read More »

The Scripps Research Institute receives funding to develop artificial immune system

The Scripps Research Institute

The U.S. Department of Defense’s Defense Advanced Research Agency (DARPA) awarded researchers at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) $7.9 million on Wednesday to research and develop an artificial immune system. The two research teams are located at both TSRI campuses … Read More »

Vaccine for Ebola to move into human trial

Inovio Pharmaceuticals

Inovio Pharmaceuticals, Inc., announced on Wednesday that its vaccine, SynCon, against the Ebola virus will enter the first phase of clinical trials. There are currently no known treatments or vaccines for Ebola, which has broken out in west Africa and … Read More »

Emergency preparedness council discusses disabled services


Representatives for the Interagency Coordinating Council (ICC) on Emergency Preparedness and Individuals with Disabilities met on Sept. 11 to solidify plans for the Fiscal Year 2015 exercise initiative, which includes coordination of programs and services that impact disabled disaster survivors. … Read More »

HHS agrees to fund WHO initiative


The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) agreed on Wednesday to fund an initiative that could create a regulatory pathway allowing the World Health Organization (WHO) to deploy medical countermeasures internationally in the event of an emergency. The … Read More »

Global Counterterrorism Forum details counterterrorism efforts

Global Counterterrorism Forum

The Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF) released a fact sheet on Tuesday that detailed efforts of member countries to develop action plans to meet civilian counterterrorism goals and actions that specific countries are taking to further the forum’s goals. The sheet … Read More »