Author Archives: Paul Tinder

Arizona organizations partner to improve disaster preparedness

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The Arizona Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (ACDHH) recently partnered with the Arizona Division of Emergency Management (ADEM) to promote disaster preparedness for the whole community, which encompasses individuals, families, businesses and governments. As part of the … Read More »

U.N. Security Council to discuss Ebola crisis at emergency meeting

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The United Nations Security Council will hold an emergency meeting on Thursday to discuss the Ebola crisis that has spread through West Africa. The scope of the outbreak is unprecedented, impacting the countries of Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Nigeria. … Read More »

ETC Simulation to provide ADMS training system for Jordan

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Environmental Tectonics Corp.‘s Simulation Division, known as ETC Simulation, recently received a contract to provide the Jordan General Directorate of Civil Defense (GDCD) with an Advanced Disaster Management Simulator (ADMS). Once installed at the Civil Defense Academy, the ADMS can … Read More »

NACCHO recognizes work of Medical Reserve Corps

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The National Association of County and City Health Offices recognized the work of the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) on Thursday as part of the National Day of Service and Remembrance. MRC volunteers around the country responded to Tropical Storm Sandy … Read More »

MEMA launches Massachusetts Alerts app

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The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) launched an expanded smartphone app on Sept. 1 to provide residents with the latest information on disasters, public safety incidents and severe weather. Known as Massachusetts Alerts, the free app is the next generation … Read More »

OPCW, Japan, Malaysia hold CWC awareness workshop in Myanmar

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The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, along with the governments of Malaysia and Japan, conducted a three-day national awareness workshop and a two-day mock industry inspection activity on August 25-29 in Myanmar. The workshop, which took place in … Read More »

PositiveID ships M-BAND systems to Aberdeen Proving Ground

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PositiveID Corporation, a biological detection system developer, announced on Tuesday that it shipped three of its Microfluidic-based Bioagent Autonomous Networked Detector (M-BAND) systems to Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland for continued testing. The systems will be tested as part of … Read More »

Emergent BioSolutions receives $29 million contract for next-generation anthrax vaccine

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Emergent BioSolutions, Inc., a specialty biopharmaceutical company, announced on Monday that it received a contract worth up to $29 million to develop a dry formulation of NuThrax, its next-generation anthrax vaccine candidate. The five-year contract with the National Institute of … Read More »

DHS S&T may be essential for answering current homeland security challenges

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The House of Representatives held a joint subcommittee hearing on Tuesday to discuss the strategy and mission of the DHS Science and Technology Directorate (DHS S&T). The House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection and Security Technologies and the … Read More »

NIH launches new online public database of research regulations

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The National Institutes of Health announced the launch on Tuesday of an online public database of country-specific clinical research regulatory information that allows users to compare regulations across different countries. ClinRegs, a website created and maintained by NIH’s National Institutes … Read More »

House Homeland Security Committee to hold hearings on DHS S&T, ISIS

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The House Homeland Security Committee will hold multiple hearings in the next two weeks that focus on the Department of Homeland Security and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). The House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection … Read More »

CDP introduces patient identification technology to students

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FEMA‘s Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) announced plans on Thursday to introduce patient identification technology to students during mass casualty exercises. The CDP said that patient tracking is used in various U.S. healthcare facilities and is an important part of … Read More »

CDC Director Frieden says Ebola epidemic is outpacing response

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Tom Frieden, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, announced on Tuesday that the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa is outpacing current response and requires immediate action across nations. Frieden visited Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea … Read More »

CDC recommends three steps to protect families during emergencies

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended three simple steps on Tuesday to keep families safe during emergencies and disasters in honor of National Preparedness Month. The three recommendations include getting a kit, making a plan and staying informed. … Read More »

Ohio EMA, Ready Ohio to participate in National Preparedness Month

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The Ohio Emergency Management Agency (EMA) and ReadyOhio announced on Friday that they have committed to participating in National Preparedness Month in September to increase preparedness for all hazards and emergencies throughout Ohio. National Preparedness Month, which was originally created … Read More »