Updates

New Vector Control Response Seen as Game-Changer

The spread of Zika virus disease, the resurgence of dengue, and the emerging threat from chikungunya were results of weak mosquito control policies from the 1970s. During that decade, funding and efforts for vector control were greatly reduced. Over the past year, the World Health Organization has spearheaded a new strategic approach to reprioritize vector control.

Igniting a New Trend in Public Safety

U.S. Geological Survey scientists and partners are taking technology to the next level, using unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), commonly called drones, to acquire both fire intensity and emissions data during prescribed burns. Lessening the risk to property and lives during wildfires is a primary purpose of prescribed burns.

FEMA Encourages People to Prepare Now for the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season

The Atlantic hurricane season has started, and there is no better time to get ready than now. There is a lot of information available to help individuals and communities prepare. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) encourages residents and businesses across the nation to prepare by understanding their risk, planning together for the entire family, and downloading the FEMA mobile application.

DERMaL eToolkit

Emergency response personnel are often at risk of skin exposure to dangerous chemicals. The goal of the DERMaL eToolkit is to provide informational resources and tools associated with dermal exposures to chemicals. The resources and tools are used for hazard assessments associated with dermal contact with chemicals during emergency response activities.

HHS Ventures Team Helps Detect Disease Outbreaks

It was a no brainer for the HHS Ventures Fund to include the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) GHOST project in its latest round of funding. This CDC Ventures team is developing a cloud-based, public health research tool to help state and local health departments more quickly detect and fight the spread of disease.

Vayl S. Oxford Named Defense Threat Reduction Agency Director

Vayl S. Oxford, a member of the Senior Executive Service has been named Director of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) located on Ft. Belvoir, Virginia. As DTRA Director, he will lead over 2,000 uniformed service members and Department of Defense civilians working on the full spectrum of counter weapons of mass destruction and improvised threat efforts.

NIST Releases Six New Community Resilience Planning Guide Briefs

Six new “Guide Briefs” issued by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) cover planning for hazard events. The documents complement NIST’s Community Resilience Planning Guide for Buildings and Infrastructure Systems, which lays out a six-step process to plan for resilience in the face of natural, technological, and human-caused hazards.

Secure Schools Alliance Research & Education Releases Second Brief in 'Securing our Schools' Toolkit

The Secure Schools Alliance Research and Education organization has released the second brief in its new toolkit for K-12 learning institutions and law enforcement – Securing Our Schools – entitled, "Partner Roles and Responsibilities for Securing Our Schools." This brief discusses school preparedness, threats facing schools and the critical roles that all segments of the community have in securing our schools.

Cherokee Nation Emergency Management Now a Type 3 FEMA Response Team

Cherokee Nation’s Emergency Management team is now equipped with the expertise and vehicles to respond to a Type 3-level Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) disaster. As defined by FEMA, a Type 3 team can respond within hours to a natural disaster, a public health emergency, a large-scale crash, or another crisis within tribal boundaries.

Emergent BioSolutions Unveils Its Expanded Center for Innovation in Advanced Development and Manufacturing in Baltimore

Emergent BioSolutions Inc. celebrates the opening of the company’s newly expanded Center for Innovation in Advanced Development and Manufacturing (CIADM) in Baltimore. The facility is one of three centers designated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to provide advanced development and manufacturing of medical countermeasures to support the U.S. government’s national security and public health emergency needs.