Florida's DEM to hire deputy director

Wednesday, Apr 1, 2015 @ 2:50pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Florida Division of Emergency Management (DEM) is looking to hire a deputy director; applications will be accepted until April 10.
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DRS signs partnership agreement with Beth-El Industries

Wednesday, Apr 1, 2015 @ 3:26pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Companies team up to produce CBRN protection systems for combat situations.
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HHS awards BioCryst $12 million contract

Wednesday, Apr 1, 2015 @ 6:27pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) under the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced Tuesday that BioCryst will be awarded a $12 million contract for an Ebola treatment.
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DHS, San Diego responders enhance nuclear detection

Wednesday, Apr 1, 2015 @ 6:37pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released a report on Tuesday detailing simulations of radiological and nuclear threats with law enforcement personnel and emergency services of San Diego.
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OPCW concludes basic course on CWC implementation

Wednesday, Apr 1, 2015 @ 7:03pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) announced that they have concluded the basic course on implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) on Tuesday.
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U.S. Treasury links 3 firms to Syrian arms program

Wednesday, Apr 1, 2015 @ 7:27pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The U.S. Department of the Treasury increased pressure on the Bashar al-Assad regime and aiming to inhibit the Syrian chemical weapons program, they stated on Tuesday.
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Panel: U.S. still has biopreparedness work to do

Thursday, Apr 2, 2015 @ 10:00am by BioPrepWatch Reports

In the nearly 14 years since the anthrax attacks, the United States has made progress on how to deal with potential bioterror threats, experts said Wednesday at the Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense.
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Anne Arundel County seeks emergency management specialist

Thursday, Apr 2, 2015 @ 2:59pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Anne Arundel County in Maryland is looking to hire an emergency management specialist with focus in training and exercise, according to a recent job listing.
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EPP Group calls for more research to fight Ebola

Thursday, Apr 2, 2015 @ 3:33pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Despite progress made against the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, increases in Ebola cases have been reported in Sierra Leone and Guinea the past few weeks, spurring the European People's Party (EPP) Group on Wednesday to call for further research into Ebola countermeasures.
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DARPA project focuses on immunity in fight against resistant pathogens

Thursday, Apr 2, 2015 @ 5:30pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is developing a program to combat drug resistance in pathogens with a change in pharmaceutical focus, the agency said on Tuesday. The Technologies for Host Resilience (THoR) aims to develop technology and treatment options that aid the immune-system response to pathogens rather than replicating it by destroying the pathogens.
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Brazil hosts basic protection course for CWC nations

Thursday, Apr 2, 2015 @ 5:59pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) hosted a basic Assistance and Protection for Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) nations course for Latin America and the Caribbean last week in Rio de Janeiro. A total of 42 participants attended the five-day course in Brazil, representing 17 nations in Latin America and the Caribbean.
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Holomic introduces new test reader

Thursday, Apr 2, 2015 @ 6:40pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Holomic LLC.,announced Wednesday that they plan to introduce a new portable dual reader that can process chromatographic and fluorescent tests, the HRDR-400.
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NACCHO Preparedness Summit this month in Atlanta

Thursday, Apr 2, 2015 @ 6:54pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) offered a preview on Wednesday of the upcoming Preparedness Summit that will take place April 14-17 in Atlanta. This year's main topic is global health security and preparation for emerging threats on a national scale.
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Randy Fraser named Security Professional of the Year

Friday, Apr 3, 2015 @ 2:42pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) announced on Thursday that Randy Fraser has been awarded the National Nuclear Security Administration's (NNSA) Security Professional of the Year award for 2014.
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FBI details explosive intelligence work

Friday, Apr 3, 2015 @ 3:02pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) released an overview of the duties and functions of the National Explosives Task Force (NETF) on Friday.
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CFD seeks assistant homeland security commissioner

Friday, Apr 3, 2015 @ 4:39pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Chicago Fire Department (CFD) is looking to hire an assistant commissioner for the department's homeland security programs, a job listing posted on Tuesday said. This position would be responsible for the management and coordination of all homeland security programs, projects and other issues.
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GSK to open vaccine-research facility in Maryland

Friday, Apr 3, 2015 @ 6:49pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) said on Thursday that it plans to open a global vaccine research and development facility in Rockville, Maryland. The U.K.-based company said the facility will allow it to boost its U.S. presence and will join others based in Rixensart, Belgium, and Siena, Italy.
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OPCW hosts 14 CWC nations for preparedness exercises

Sunday, Apr 5, 2015 @ 5:49am by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and the Indonesian government hosted table-top exercises (TTX) for Asian and other Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) countries recently in Indonesia. The three-day conference brought together 25 representatives from 14 countries to analyze chemical management, especially in emergency situations, using hypothetical scenarios.
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PositiveID: Phase II tests on Firefly Dx detection device a success

Sunday, Apr 5, 2015 @ 6:05am by BioPrepWatch Reports

PositiveID Corp., a developer of biological detection and diagnostics solutions, said on Wednesday that it successfully completed additional tests on its phase II Firefly Dx prototype handheld, real-time PCR (polymerase chain reaction) pathogen detection system, which can detect multiple organisms.
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Boston receives $18 million in homeland security funding

Monday, Apr 6, 2015 @ 12:23pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Boston and the Metro Boston Homeland Security Region (MBHSR) received $18 million in grant funding from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security through the Urban Area Security Initiative grant program, Mayor Martin Walsh said Thursday.
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