Local Emergency Management: The CFATS Challenge

by Joseph Trindal -

The development and promulgation of stringent Chemical-Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards represented a major step forward in U.S. preparedness planning. Adherence to those standards is the next step, and will be a long, steep, and costly process.

Radiation Detection: Dosimeters Plus Common Sense

by Glen Rudner -

"Thermoluminescent" - that is the futuristic-sounding name, and operational characteristic, of the high-tech radiation dosimeters coming into play to prevent first responders from becoming secondary victims of radiation incidents.

First Responder Credentialing: Still a Secondary Priority

by Rodrigo Moscoso -

State & local agencies set the pace in development of FRAC ID cards to meet HSPD-12 requirements, but incident commanders need additional assistance - and, while waiting, should be advised to keep track of the number of fire trucks at the disaster scene.

Bournemouth Report: The Conference Where Nothing Happened

by Steve Fortado -

Working in close cooperation with the private sector - Thermo Fisher Scientific, to be more specific - the U.K.'s Dorset Police Department scored what Americans would call a "no hitter" at last year's Labour Party Conference in Bournemouth.

The All-Seeing Eye of Video Surveillance

by Gary Simpson -

Private-sector security forces have been growing both in numbers and in capability since the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Far too often, though, their working tools - detection & surveillance systems, primarily - are in urgent need of updating & modernization.

NIMS Training Plans: An Effort Without End

by Stephen Grainer -

If eternal vigilance is the price of freedom, its twin, eternal preparation, is the price of readiness. And of prevention. And recovery, restoration, and resilience. Relaxation, though, is not even in the vocabulary.

Interim Housing Following Disasters: The FEMA Temporary Housing Program

by Kay C. Goss -

The once-maligned Federal Emergency Management Agency displays determination as well as imagination in its innovative plans to provide temporary housing for those suddenly homeless in future times of disaster.

GIS & GPS: Making 'Police Presence' More Precise

by Rodrigo Moscoso -

The global positioning system & the geospatial information system - a technological marriage that has profound implications for law enforcement, national defense, & homeland security. But there are some potential pitfalls that also should be recognized.

Backups for Emergency Satellite Communications

by Kay C. Goss -

In today's fast-moving world comprehensive, rapid, & continuing communications are the key to business success - and, in times of conflict, success on the battlefield as well. But what happens if communications systems are destroyed or made inoperable?

Detection Equipment - An Ever Higher Technology Ceiling

by Glen Rudner -

New state-of-the-art detection instruments of all types are now being deployed to determine the presence of and specifically identify a broad spectrum of chemical, biological, and radiological threats threatening the United States and American citizens.