Checklists for All-Hazards Food Defense Planning

by Kay C. Goss -

In the not-too-distant past, most food consumed by Americans traveled directly from the farm to the kitchen table. Today, there are a dozen or so stops of varying duration on the way - all of them vulnerable to mold, theft, sabotage, spoiling, and/or infection from zoonotic diseases.

New Mexico - 'Defensive' About Agriculture & Food

by Kelly J. Hamilton -

In a state with a large agricultural and food industry, protecting that infrastructure is a difficult yet necessary task that New Mexico takes very seriously. Guidance and support from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration have helped initiate innovative programs and exercises to protect the state's cattle, alfalfa hay, milk, cheese, pecans, chile, and other agricultural products.

Security Technology Trends to Watch in 2014

by Jay Hauhn -

As security needs continue to change, the technology to meet those needs also must constantly evolve. In 2014, five key technology trends may change the way that business managers protect their employees, data, and facilities: cloud services, wireless technologies, standards, distance biometrics, and business intelligence.

Reducing Risk, Building Resilience

by Sherri Goodman & Gretchen Hund -

The devastating impacts of Hurricane Sandy and other natural disasters that have followed stress the importance of improving disaster-response planning. By gathering and sharing information, however, everyone can play a greater role in reducing risk and creating communities that are more resilient.

Redirecting Dual-Use Research Regulations

by Courtney Gavitt -

Life science research benefits society in many ways, but also creates certain risks - particularly when that research falls into the wrong hands, either deliberately or unintentionally. Clearly defined rules and regulations governing the results of such dual-use research could help keep scientific research focused on less dangerous and more beneficial results.

Protecting Life & Civil Liberties - Masters of Collaboration

by Charles J. Guddemi -

This exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the United States Park Police (USPP) highlights the special event planning process, from the application form to the after-action report. The men and women of the USPP protect First Amendment rights, ensure the safety and security of visitors, and provide daily law enforcement protection. From "Park Watchmen" to "Masters of Collaboration," the uniformed men and women of the USPP have a legacy worth modeling.

Public Health & the Congressional Budget Standoff

by Chris N. Mangal -

The federal government shutdown caused major disruptions throughout the nation. Federal employees are now back at work, but employees of U.S. public health laboratories still risk losing much more than their paychecks. Congressional budget conflicts and further public health funding reductions are likely in the near future, and those cuts may not be worth the adverse consequences that follow.

Rapid Dispatching Reduces Call-Processing Times

by Michael E. Cox Jr. -

During emergencies, every minute within the "golden hour" is of lifesaving importance. One county fire department in Maryland has developed and implemented a new protocol that shaves valuable time off the dispatching process. Getting medical units en route in less time ensures fast delivery of medical care to those who need it most.

When the First Down Becomes the Worst Down

by Joseph Cahill -

Automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) are available in many modern venues, but are still underutilized. By building awareness and training for AED use as well as understanding the plans and procedures in place for managing such emergencies, school staff can increase the survival rates of young athletes who suffer from cardiac arrest.

Operationalizing the Nation's Critical Infrastructure Resilience

by Dane Egli & John Contestabile -

Defining "resilience" is one challenge; putting it into action is another one, more difficult and more complex. The Johns Hopkins University's Applied Physics Laboratory is addressing both challenges, and recently asked a broad spectrum of thought leaders to help strengthen the nation's ability "to adapt, withstand, and recover."