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 »

First of three pandemic manufacturing sites could be ready by 2016


A new GAO report revealed that Novartis’ Holly Springs, N.C., vaccine manufacturing site, one of three backed by U.S. authorities to be used in the event of a pandemic, could be the first to go online. The GAO report says … Read More »

Naval Surface Warfare Center solicits information for chemical identification systems

Naval Surface Warfare Center

The Naval Surface Warfare Center requested on March 31 information about commercially available Fourier transform infrared or Raman spectroscopy based handheld chemical identification systems. System capabilities should include identifying commercial and military explosives, in addition to homemade explosives, according to … Read More »

UAB nursing students train at CDP

Center for Domestic Preparedness CDP

Forty-seven nursing students from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing recently completed two courses at the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Center for Domestic Preparedness. The students took the the Standardized Awareness Authorized Training Program course before completing … Read More »

Human resources specialist sought by FEMA


The Federal Emergency Management Agency is seeking a human resources specialist for its cadre of on-call response/recovery employees program in Washington, according to a hiring notice posted on Thursday on The full-time, temporary position may require travel with little … Read More »

Ark. Red Cross office seeks disaster program manager

Help Wanted

The Hot Springs, Ark., office of the Red Cross is looking for a new disaster program manager to be responsible for implementing the disaster services program in an assigned geographic territory. The full time manager position is in support of … Read More »

Pentagon focuses funding request on program to counter biological weapons


The Pentagon recently requested funding for the Nimble Elder program, which tracks weapons of mass destruction. The Department of Defense received new information showing an increased need to locate chemical and biological weapons, according to USA Today. Nimble Elder uses … Read More »

General Dynamics receives $23 million from DoD to develop CBRN modeling software

general dynamics

General Dynamics Information Technology, a developer of aerospace, combat, information and marine technologies, announced on Thursday that it received a $23 million contract to develop modeling software for the U.S. Department of Defense. General Dynamics will develop software for Joint … Read More »

HHS encourages participation in PrepareAthon


The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services encouraged organizations and people throughout the U.S. on Friday to participate in the country’s first PrepareAthon! National Day of Action on April 30. Nicole Lurie, the assistant secretary for preparedness and response … Read More »

Hersman offers overview of defense programs to House Armed Services Committee

Rebecca Hersman

Assistant Secretary of Defense for Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Rebecca Hersman addressed the House Armed Services Committee on Tuesday to provide an overview of the Defense Authorization Request. Hersman said counter WMD efforts are focused on being able to … Read More »

VA Medical Center employees receive emergency response training at FEMA’s CDP

Center for Domestic Preparedness CDP

The Federal Emergency Management Agency said on Thursday that 39 Veterans Health Administration employees attended emergency medical response training at the Center for Domestic Preparedness. “This training provides a great opportunity for our VA staffs who have never experienced a … Read More »

Stockpiling smallpox vaccine may be best use of resources


More time and energy should be spent on developing smallpox vaccine stockpiles rather than pursuing new vaccines or antiviral agents, according to an editorial published on Tuesday in Biosecurity and Bioterrorism. D.A. Henderson, a distinguished scholar with the UPMC Center … Read More »

Apprio receives $20 million contract with FEMA’s CDP


Apprio, a technology solutions provider, announced on Wednesday that it received a new contract with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to provide consulting services to the Center for Domestic Preparedness. The five-year, $20 million contract consists of a $3.75 million … Read More »

FEMA looks to hire emergency management specialist in Washington, D.C.


The Federal Emergency Management Agency is hiring an emergency management specialist to work full-time in its Washington, D.C., office, according to a job posting on The specialist will work in the Operations Coordination Division as part of the National … Read More »

IAEM announces dates for Region 4 and 5 Training Summit and Expo


The International Association of Emergency Managers said on Tuesday that it will hold its Region 4 and 5 training summit and exposition on May 19-23 in Savannah, Ga. The training conference, titled “Doing More With Less: Collaboration, Coordination and Communication,” … Read More »