Author Archives: Bryan Cohen

FEMA will evaluate use of preparedness grant money in Missouri

Brian Kamoie

Brian Kamoie, the assistant administrator for grant programs with FEMA, said on Tuesday that FEMA will evaluate the use of preparedness grant dollars in Ferguson, Missouri, following the death of Ferguson resident Michael Brown. Kamoie made the remarks during a … Read More »

HHS awards Ebola drug contract to Mapp Biopharmaceutical


The Department of Health and Human Services announced on Tuesday that it will try to accelerate the development of a treatment for Ebola virus through a $24.9 million contract with Mapp Biopharmaceutical, Inc. The HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary … Read More »

West Virginia health department urges public to be prepared for emergencies

West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources Center for Threat Preparedness urged the public on Thursday to plan for health threats by putting together a personal preparedness kit. Letitia Tierney, the commissioner of the West Virginia Bureau for … Read More »

Pennsylvania EMS Division Chief McDonald incorporates CDP training into exercises

Tim McDonald

Tim McDonald, a firefighter at Kirwan Heights Fire Department in Collier Township, Pennsylvania, and a chief for his local Emergency Medical Services (EMS) division, recently trained at FEMA‘s Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP). McDonald participated in the CDP’s Hospital Emergency … Read More »

ECBC demonstrates latest technologies at showcase


The Edgewood Chemical Biological Center (ECBC) showed off its latest technologies on August 5-6 during the first Team CBRNE Capabilities Showcase. More than 1,000 people attended the event, including industry partners, congressional stakeholders and government personnel. Attendees visited the two-day … Read More »

CDC increases efforts to curb Ebola outbreak in West Africa


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced on Wednesday that it is increasing its efforts to curb the West African Ebola outbreak and has deployed staff to Nigeria, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. The outbreak, which began in March … Read More »

Wivenhoe Group partners with CHCER to develop readiness program

Wivenhoe Group

Wivenhoe Group, a vulnerability assessment consulting firm, announced on Friday that it will partner with the Center for Healthcare Emergency Readiness (CHCER) to develop a hospital emergency readiness program. Wivenhoe will work with CHCER, a healthcare emergency readiness and management … Read More »

PositiveID receives new order to continue testing of M-BAND


PositiveID Corporation, a biological detection and diagnostics solution developer, announced on Thursday that it received a new order from a large government contractor to continue the testing and evaluation of its biological agent detector. The new order will support the … Read More »

DoD Secretary Hagel meets with Italian counterpart

Chuck Hagel

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel met with Italian Minister of Defense Roberta Pinotti at the Pentagon on Friday to discuss partnership, promoting regional stability and contributing toward the destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons. Hagel praised Italy’s leadership in the promotion … Read More »

Soldiers test new gas masks at Fort Gordon

M50 Gas Mask

Soldiers of the U.S. Army’s 67th Expeditionary Signal Battalion (ESB) trained at Fort Gordon in Georgia last week to field test the newly-issued M50 Joint Service General Purpose Masks. The M50 kit could replace the M40 series masks as the … Read More »

Army develops smartphone bioterror detection system


A team of researchers under the U.S. Army’s Research Development and Engineering Command recently developed a biological and chemical detection system that sends information to a soldier’s smartphone. The researchers developed volatile organic compound strips that work with a device … Read More »

Wyoming Homeland Security to host emergency kit cook-off

Wyoming Office of Homeland Security

The Wyoming Office of Homeland Security recently announced that it will hold an emergency kit cook-off to educate Wyoming residents on preparedness in a fun and entertaining way. In conjunction with the Wyoming Citizen Corps Council and Suncor Energy, the … Read More »

San Mateo County to conduct emergency drill

San Mateo County

Emergency response teams in San Mateo County, California, will conduct a countywide exercise on April 17 to simulate the mass distribution of medicine during a health emergency. Community emergency response teams will practice delivering large amounts of medicine and medical … Read More »

Elusys validates manufacturing process for anthrax antitoxin


Elusys Therapeutics, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company developing antibody therapies for infectious diseases, announced on Tuesday that it completed validation of the commercial manufacturing process for ETI-204, an anthrax antitoxin. ETI-204 is now undergoing Phase III clinical trials in healthy volunteers … Read More »

Operations officer sought by EMBC

Emergency Management British Columbia

Emergency Management British Columbia is seeking an operations officer in British Columbia, according to a hiring notice posted on Wednesday on The job will vary bi-weekly from no hours to full-time hours depending on operational demand and may require … Read More »