Quad City Interoperability Pilot Bolsters Regional Response Capabilities

by Sue Booth -

Cooperation & coordination among and between numerous city agencies and the Raytheon Company produce a best-practice example of how the public and private sectors can, and should, pool their resources to upgrade their collective response capabilities.

Crowd-Control Challenges in Pandemic Emergencies

by Joseph Steger -

Despite much improved health care throughout the world, when (not if) the "next pandemic" strikes it would almost certainly spread rapidly - and could kill millions, cause global economic chaos, and create widespread political unrest.

Rescue 21 Update: Advanced Comm Capabilities for the New Century

by Joseph DiRenzo III and Christopher Doane -

The upgrading of Coast's Guard communications capabilities is an achievement of life-and-death importance for those in distress at sea. The Rescue 21 system is now "operationally ready," says USCG Commandant Admiral Thad Allen.

Real ID: No Impediment to Law-Enforcement Photo Sharing

by Rodrigo Moscoso -

There are still some political hurdles ahead, but law-enforcement agencies throughout the country should soon be able to thwart terrorist acts and stop other crimes by the simple exchange of drivers-license photos from one state to another.

Credentialing of Private-Sector Disaster Support Personnel

by Kay C. Goss -

When disaster strikes U.S. government agencies often turn to the private sector for assistance. But incident commanders cannot always be sure if non-government volunteers who show up are who they claim to be and/or possess the skills/training needed.

Incident Action Plans for Hazmat/WMD Incidents

by Glen Rudner -

A quick but accurate analysis of unknown but potentially lethal agents detected by first responders at the scene of a mass-casualty incident can save many, many lives. That analysis requires skill, knowledge, and state-of-the-art analytical equipment.

Incident Action Planning - A Step-by-Step Process

by Stephen Grainer -

The key to coping successfully with a mass-casualty incident or similar event is to plan ahead - as carefully and in as much detail as possible. It takes a lot of work, and all of it extremely tedious. But the end result is well worth the effort expended.

U.S. Businesses Respond to Community Needs

by Kay C. Goss -

Three Cheers for three retail giants - WalMart, Home Depot, and Lowe's, all of which stepped forward to provide urgently needed building materials and the mountains of other supplies required to help restore order in the aftermath of Hurricanes and Rita.

TVA and Protection of the Critical Infrastructure

by Adam Montella -

The Tennessee Valley Authority is basically a huge and highly successful mega-corporation that has to deal with private-sector funding and operational realities while also adhering to federal, state, and local rules and regulations.

Incident Action Planning: Staying the Course

by Stephen Grainer -

When and how do operating procedures become standard? Why are incident action plans so important? And what is the definition of an "expanding" incident? Anyone who cannot answer these questions will not meet the NIMS criteria for ICS-300.