FEMA opens 2014 Individual and Community Preparedness Awards application period


The application period for FEMA’s 2014 Individual and Community Preparedness Awards opened this week. The awards, which highlight innovative practices and achievements, recognize individuals and organizations making outstanding contributions to making their communities safer, stronger, better prepared and more resilient. … Read More »

International research group recognizes UTMB experts for decades of work with filoviruses

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University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) professors Frederick Murphy and Thomas Ksiazek were recently awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award at the sixth annual International Symposium on Filoviruses. “This award represents the culmination of a lifetime of scientific discovery and leadership … Read More »

SOFEX scheduled for May 5-8 in Jordan


The 10th Special Operations Forces Exhibition and Conference, a conference with an emphasis on counterterrorism, homeland security and special operations forces, will take place on May 5-8 in Amman, Jordan. SOFEX is the only special operations conference and exhibition held … Read More »

Indiana County first responders train for anthrax

Indiana’s Tippecanoe County Health Department conducted a bioterrorism training scenario on Tuesday which simulated a massive anthrax outbreak at the Tippecanoe County Fairgrounds. The hour-long training session prepared health officials to dispense medications, deal with certain kinds of medical issues … Read More »

USSOCOM calls for novel biomedical solutions

U.S. Special Operations Command

The U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) announced this week that it is seeking novel biomedical solutions to preserve the high level of performance and save the lives of special operations forces (SOF) in field environments. Proposed projects are required to … Read More »

University of Massachusetts Boston announces 2014 disaster mitigation conference

University of Massachusetts Boston

The University of Massachusetts Boston recently announced that it will hold its International Conference on Disaster Mitigation, Preparedness, Response and Sustainable Reconstruction on May 8-9. The conference will focus on the role of architectural, planning and engineering education in preparing … Read More »

Education technology specialist sought by FEMA


The Federal Emergency Management Agency is seeking an education technology specialist in Anniston, Alabama, according to a hiring notice posted on Wednesday on The full-time, permanent position will have the potential for future promotions based on the specialist’s ability … Read More »

CPM East conference scheduled for May 12-14

CPM East

CPM East, an event focused on continuity of operations, contingency planning and business continuity, will take place on May 12-14 in Washington, D.C., at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. The event serves as an opportunity for emergency response professionals … Read More »

Virginia searching for emergency response organization media relations specialist

Job Openings

The state of Virginia has started its search for an emergency response organization media relations specialist. The full-time position will provide emergency public information and media relations subject matter expertise to evaluate and observe, assess, and document the current capabilities … Read More »

Boston City Council holds special hearing for ordnance to ban Biosafety Level 4 pathogens

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The Boston City Council Committee on Government Operations held a hearing on Wednesday regarding public concerns about Biosafety Level 4 research to be conducted at the National Emergency Infectious Disease Lab in Roxbury/South End. The Roxbury Safety Net Coalition and … Read More »

Flir Systems receives production decision for CBRNE response system

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Flir Systems, Inc., a sensor systems designer, announced on Tuesday that it received a full-rate production decision from the U.S. government for FLIR’s integrated chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosives threat response system. The U.S. Department of Defense will receive … Read More »

Guinea reports 168 cases of Ebola virus disease


The Ministry of Health of Guinea reported 168 clinically compatible cases of Ebola virus disease, including 108 deaths, the World Health Organization said on Monday. A total of 71 clinical cases were laboratory confirmed as of Friday with 34 probable … Read More »

Business Continuity & Emergency Preparedness for Utilities Conference to be held in May

Business Continuity Conference

The second annual Business Continuity & Emergency Preparedness for Utilities Conference will be held in Chicago from May 13-15. The conference will cover the lessons learned in business continuity and emergency response planning, ICS implementation, mutual assistance, cybersecurity threats, regulatory … Read More »

New York City DOHMH seeks post-emergency canvassing operations planner

Help Wanted

The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene posted a hiring notice on Monday for a post-emergency canvassing operations planner to work in the Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response. The position will be full-time as a Public … Read More »

Ambition conference begins April 29 in London

Ambition 2014

Ambition 2014, a conference focused on pre-hospital care, resilience and interoperability, will occur on April 29-30 at Olympia, London. The show is the only conference with the full support of all National Health Service ambulance services. As a result, the … Read More »