NIH supports development of Ebola vaccine

Microscopic view of the Ebola virus

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID), a division of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), is sponsoring a research project to develop a vaccine to prevent rabies and Ebola. Scientists at Thomas Jefferson University (TJU) and NIAID … Read More »

Russia will not destroy smallpox virus


Pending the decision of the World Health Organization (WHO) to destroy smallpox virus stocks, the Russian State Research Center of Virology and Biotechnology (VECTOR) will not eliminate its stocks prematurely Since the smallpox virus was considered eradicated in 1980, VECTOR … Read More »

Oxnard evaluates equipment, training for biological threats

Susan Duenas

Following the appearance of Ebola in the United States, emergency management for the town of Oxnard, Calif., is reviewing its equipment and training to enhance preparedness in case of an emergency. “Fortunately because of all the Homeland Security funding that … Read More »

Florida reallocates funds to improve emergency preparedness

John H. Armstrong

Florida Surgeon General John H. Armstrong told the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Tuesday that the Department of Health would immediately be redirecting funds to strengthen Florida’s emergency preparedness. In a letter sent to the CDC’s director, Armstrong … Read More »

FEMA accepting applications for Emergency Management Leaders Academy


Emergency management professionals in the public and private sectors were recently invited to apply for the National Emergency Management Leaders Academy, which is offered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The program consists of four day-long courses and a … Read More »

NTRR, partner offer free antimicrobial coating to first responders

Neutra Corp

Neutra Corp (NTRR) and joint-venture partner Surface to Air Solutions are offering an antimicrobial coating that can destroy pathogens and viruses on contact to first responders, especially in and around Dallas, where a man died of Ebola recently. The product … Read More »

Arkansas preparing for unlikely spread of Ebola

Arkansas Department of Health

The Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) is working closely with health care providers, local utilities, business and faith-based organizations and the state’s education systems to ensure everyone is prepared in the unlikely event that Ebola spreads to the state. Although … Read More »

Miami-Dade Emergency Management, Health Department partner to screen bio-threats

Miami-Dade County

In Miami-Dade County, Florida, the Emergency Management system and Health Department work together in a joint effort to detect biological threats and agents as early as possible and execute plans for protection. “We’re a bio-watch city so we do have … Read More »

Arizona county keeping close watch on Ebola situation

Navajo County

Even though Navajo County in Arizona is a relatively rural region, emergency management staff members are collaborating with the health department to watch for Ebola cases in the area. “We are taking a proactive approach in watching what happens in … Read More »

Cow diagnosed with anthrax in Texas


A single cow in Jim Wells County, Texas, has tested positive for anthrax infection, according to a report released on Monday. Anthrax is a bacterial disease that, when found in animals, usually includes acute fever and rapid death with bleeding … Read More »

Morse: Risk communication, warning systems are crucial to enhance preparedness

Stephen Morse

When it comes to bio-preparedness in America, Dr. Stephen Morse, a professor of epidemiology at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City, has mixed feelings. Before the first case of Ebola in the United States, Morse said he would … Read More »

CDC, Doctors Without Borders assist Uganda with Marburg containment


Doctors without Borders and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are working with Uganda’s Ministry of Health to train health workers in prevention, treatment and control of Marburg at the Mengo Hospital in Kampala, Uganda. The training … Read More »

FEMA hosts Girl Scouts Preparedness Day

Girl Scouts FEMA

The National Response Coordination Center at Federal Emergency Management Agency Headquarters in Washington, D.C., welcomed approximately 100 young women as part of Girl Scouts Preparedness Day on Oct. 2. The group, which included Daisies, Brownies and older Girl Scouts, learned … Read More »

Homeland Security chairman opens hearing for government coordination on combating Ebola

Michael McCaul

Opening comments at a hearing on government coordination for combating Ebola were made on Friday by Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas), the chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security. In McCaul’s opening at the hearing, titled Ebola in the Homeland: The … Read More »

Director of emergency management for Bucks County graduates FEMA academy


Scott Forster, the director of emergency management for Bucks County in Pennsylvania, successfully completed the National Emergency Management Executive Academy run by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in mid-September. Forster took four courses, completed project work outside of class … Read More »