Author Archives: Paul Tinder

Inter-Tribal Council of California Member Brown trains at CDP

Belinda Brown

Belinda Brown, a member of the Inter-Tribal Council of California, recently visited FEMA’s Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) to attend the Healthcare Leadership for Mass Casualty Incidents course. Brown, an enrolled member of the Pit River Tribe, helps facilitate training … Read More »

WHO notified of EVD outbreak in DRC


The World Health Organization announced on Wednesday that it was recently informed of an outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in Equateur Province. The index case occurred in a pregnant woman who butchered a … Read More »

Utah approves State Hazard Mitigation Plan

Utah Emergency Management

The Utah Division of Emergency Management‘s Mitigation and Recovery Section announced the recent approval of its State Hazard Mitigation Plan by FEMA. The plan is meant to evaluate the risks that currently pose the greatest threats to Utah. It includes … Read More »

Immunovaccine’s Ebola vaccine candidate shows promise in animal study


Immunovaccine, a clinical-stage vaccine company, announced positive results on Monday for an Ebola virus vaccine formulated using its DepoVax technology in non-human primates. In a preliminary study using cynomolgus monkeys, the researchers gave one group two doses of the DepoVax-formulated … Read More »

CUSEC, emergency management personnel participate in massive disaster exercise

Central U.S. Earthquake Consortium cusec

The Central U.S. Earthquake Consortium (CUSEC) recently brought together first responders, emergency management personnel, and public and private sector organizations for one of the biggest disaster exercises in U.S. history. CAPSTONE-14, a week-long exercise that took place in mid-June, was … Read More »

ASM issues lab guidelines for handling Ebola specimens


The American Society for Microbiology issued interim laboratory guidelines on Thursday for handling and testing specimens from cases or suspected cases of hemorrhagic fever viruses (HFV) like Ebola. The guidelines follows the recent interim guidance issued by the Centers for … Read More »

Southeast Asian officials participate in Interpol counterterrorism workshop


More than 40 southeast Asian senior border security and law enforcement officials recently attended an Interpol workshop that marked the launch of a three-year regional counterterrorism program. The meeting, which took place on August 13-15 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, gave … Read More »

ECBC helps Army develop biological decontamination equipment


A team from the Edgewood Chemical Biological Center (ECBC) recently helped to develop a full-spectrum set of detection, protection and decontamination equipment for use by soldiers against biological and chemical hazards. The Joint Project Manager for Nuclear, Chemical and Biological … Read More »

Date set for Wisconsin’s 48th annual emergency management conference

Wisconsin Emergency Management

The Wisconsin Department of Military Affairs Division of Emergency Management announced on Saturday that the 48th annual Governor’s Conference on Emergency Management & Homeland Security will take place on March 11-12. The conference, which will be held at the Hilton … Read More »

PositiveID ships M-BAND to Korean Peninsula for testing


PositiveID Corporation, a biological detection systems developer, announced on Wednesday that one of its detection systems has been sent to the Korean Peninsula for testing to protect the U.S. military. The company’s Microfluidic-based Bioagent Autonomous Networked Detector (M-BAND) was sent … Read More »

WHO provides update on Ebola virus outbreak


The World Health Organization announced on Tuesday that there were 113 new cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD) between August 14-16 and 84 deaths in Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Liberia and Guinea. The reported cases included laboratory-confirmed, suspect and probable cases. … Read More »

Smiths Detection scanner receives ECAC regulatory approval


Smiths Detection, a security solutions company, announced on Monday that its HI-SCAN 10080 XCT Explosives Detection System achieved an approval milestone with the European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC). XCT was the first hold baggage screener to gain ECAC Standard 3 … Read More »

Exelis CEO Melcher wins national defense award


Exelis, a defense company, announced on Monday that David Melcher, the company’s president and CEO, was recognized by the Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA) for his contribution to national defense. The AUSA Council of Trustees presented Melcher with the … Read More »

Clinicians may be right to exercise caution with experimental Ebola treatments

Eric Toner

Given the many unanswered questions related to ZMapp, an experimental Ebola treatment, clinicians may be right in exercising caution about using the drug, according to an editorial published on Thursday in Clinicians’ Biosecurity News. Eric Toner, a senior associate at … Read More »

Saint Louis University studies experimental anthrax vaccines


Saint Louis University‘s (SLU) Center for Vaccine Development is investigating two experimental anthrax vaccines to compare the safety and ability of the vaccines to trigger an immune response against the bioterror threat. The two experimental anthrax vaccines, which are manufactured … Read More »