Obama asks Congress for $6.2B to fight Ebola

Friday, Nov 7, 2014 @ 2:38pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Obama administration asked Congress on Wednesday to approve nearly $6.2 billion in emergency funding to combat the outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa and prevent any further cases in the United States.
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Alejandro Mayorkas visits U.K.

Friday, Nov 7, 2014 @ 1:11pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas visited London on Wednesday to discuss counterterrorism efforts, safety in air travel, and the curbing of illegal immigration and human trafficking with his counterparts in the United Kingdom.
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FEMA publishes new disease threat declaration guidelines, emergency procedures

Thursday, Nov 6, 2014 @ 5:56pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recently released the latest guidelines for declaring a disease threat or requesting a disease emergency declaration.
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FEMA seeks emergency management specialist for New York office

Friday, Oct 31, 2014 @ 5:15pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is looking for an emergency management specialist for its New York office.
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First responders meet to discuss U.S. capability gaps

Tuesday, Oct 28, 2014 @ 12:58pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Attendees at the recent First Responder Resource Group (FRRG) 2014 Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., focused on identifying high-profile capability gaps that could hinder emergency operations during a national crisis.
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DHS to host outbreak management webinar

Monday, Oct 20, 2014 @ 5:29pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The latest webinar in the Capacity Building Webinar Series will be hosted by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS,) Science and Technology Directorate's First Responder Group (FRG) and the National Information Sharing Consortium on Thursday at 1 p.m.
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OIG reports FEMA’s supply chain system may be inadequate during a catastrophic event

Thursday, Oct 2, 2014 @ 2:23pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

A report issued by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) has stated that after an audit it found that the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Logistics Supply Chain Management System (LSCMS) may not be able meet the needs of providing supplies to victims in the case of a catastrophic event.
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HHS selects nanoMR to develop device to expedite bacteria testing

Thursday, Oct 2, 2014 @ 1:50pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

New Mexico-based nanoMR Inc. received $5.9 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services on Monday to develop a device that could reduce the time needed to test for bacteria such as anthrax from days to hours.
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HHS funds drug to prevent cytokine storms

Tuesday, Sep 30, 2014 @ 7:56am by BioPrepWatch Reports

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The White House announces steps for Global Health Security Agenda

Tuesday, Sep 30, 2014 @ 7:36am by BioPrepWatch Reports

The White House released a fact sheet that outlines the commitments of the U.S.
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HHS agrees to fund WHO initiative

Friday, Sep 26, 2014 @ 2:01pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) agreed on Wednesday to fund an initiative that could create a regulatory pathway allowing the World Health Organization (WHO) to deploy medical countermeasures internationally in the event of an emergency.
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21st Century Cures initiative discusses growing threat of antibiotic resistance

Wednesday, Sep 24, 2014 @ 7:21am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Politicians and health experts gathered for the Subcommittee on Health on Sept. 19 to discuss the future of drug resistance and explore options to decrease this threat under the committee's 21st Century Cures initiative.
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NUSTL seeks information for program to aid emergency responders

Wednesday, Sep 24, 2014 @ 7:15am by BioPrepWatch Reports

The National Urban Security Technology Laboratory (NUSTL) issued a call on Monday for information on available CBRN SCBA for a new program for emergency responders.
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HHS sponsors development of next-generation portable ventilator

Thursday, Sep 18, 2014 @ 1:39pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has signed a $13.8 million contract with Phillips Respironics of Murrysville, Pennsylvania, to develop a user-friendly, low-cost portable repiratory ventilator to be used in the event of a public health emergency.
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Begich welcomes FEMA privacy reforms

Wednesday, Sep 17, 2014 @ 2:27pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

News that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has implemented reforms to increase transparency and protect the privacy of disaster survivors drew praise from Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska) on Tuesday.
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ASM praises Obama administration’s Ebola response

Wednesday, Sep 17, 2014 @ 1:48pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

TThe American Society for Microbiology (ASM) applauded the Obama administration’s announcement on Tuesday that it was expanding Department of Defense capabilities, medical expertise and resources to respond more rapidly to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
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Nimmich confirmed as FEMA deputy administrator

Tuesday, Sep 16, 2014 @ 4:19pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Senate recently confirmed Joseph Nimmich as the Deputy Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
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CDC names members of new safety workgroup

Monday, Jul 28, 2014 @ 4:30pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced on Thursday the creation of an external laboratory safety workgroup.
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ASM supports proposed Accelerating Biomedical Research Act

Monday, Jul 28, 2014 @ 3:00pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The American Society for Microbiology (ASM) recently announced its support for the proposed Accelerating Biomedical Research Act, which would increase funding for the National Institutes of Health.
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ASM issues statement on U.S. biosafety lapses

Friday, Jul 25, 2014 @ 1:00pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The American Society for Microbiology (ASM) said on Monday that microbiologists must take all steps possible to guarantee safety for themselves, their coworkers and the broader public from pathogenic microorganisms.
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