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

U.N. security council

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 »

CDC releases fact sheet for 2014 Ebola outbreak


Citing the 2014 Ebola outbreak as the largest in history, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released a fact sheet on the disease outlining how the organization is responding to the crisis. To combat the first epidemic … Read More »

Former student pleads guilty to ricin possession

Castor beans, ricin

Former Georgetown University student Daniel Milzman, 19, pleaded guilty Monday to a charge of unregistered possession of ricin, which was allegedly found in a plastic bag in his dormitory room in March. Milzman appeared before U.S. District Judge Ketanji Brown … Read More »

ETC Simulation to provide ADMS training system for Jordan

Environmental Tectonics Corp. Simulation

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 »

New Jersey highlights disaster readiness during National Preparedness Month

New Jersey Emergency Management

As part of National Preparedness Month in September, Gov. Chris Christie’s administration in New Jersey is reminding citizens of how they can prepare for emergencies and disasters. Residents can stay prepared by remaining in touch with credible sources that provide … Read More »

NACCHO recognizes work of Medical Reserve Corps


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 »

CDP training course prepares Native Americans for disaster response

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Native Americans from 12 tribes across six states recently met for the Healthcare Leadership for Mass Casualty Incidents (HCL) training course at the Center for Domestic Preparedness‘ Noble Training Facility. The training connects tribal communities to government agencies to streamline … Read More »

Minnesota outlines preparedness measures created in response to Sept. 11 attacks

Minnesota Department of Public Safety

Following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the state of Minnesota has incorporated improved safety methods to prepare for and respond to unexpected disaster, largely through the state’s Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division (HSEM). As part of the Threat … Read More »

MEMA launches Massachusetts Alerts app

Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency

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 »

AristaTek releases new PEAC-WMD software version


AristaTek recently announced the latest version of its PEAC-WMD software designed to help HAZMAT responders make informed decisions in the event of an emergency. The new PEAC version 6.0 software features include ALS/BLS protocols, an incident manager and built-in Google … Read More »

Tauri Group awarded $13 million contract from JPEO

Tauri Group

The Tauri Group, LLC., announced on Wednesday that it was awarded four task orders in August from the Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical and Biological Defense (JPEO-CBD) Omnibus Program Engineering and Technical Support (OPETS) contract. The task orders are … Read More »

Astrotech subsidiary receives contract for chemical detection program

1st detect

1st Detect, a subsidiary of space technology company Astrotech, announced on Thursday that its chemical detection technology has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Army‘s Next Generation Chemical Detector (NGCD) program. The company’s new instrument delivers lab performance mass … Read More »

CDP highlights preparedness course for HAZMAT techs

Center for Domestic Preparedness CDP

The Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) in Anniston, Ala., recently highlighted its Hazardous Materials Technician for CBRNE Incidents (HT) course, which prepares first responders to react to HAZMAT emergencies. The CDP outlined the five-day course in the most recent issue … Read More »

OPCW, Japan, Malaysia hold CWC awareness workshop in Myanmar


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 »