Superstorm Amplifies Need for Power Grid Modernization

by J. Michael Barrett -

The cost of updating the U.S. electrical grid structure is high, but the cost of not updating it is even higher. When assessing risks and setting goals, leaders must make tough decisions in order to develop an efficient, cost-effective system with standardized and interchangeable parts that can be shared among and between jurisdictions.

Understanding the Mobile Detection Deployment Program

by The Domestic Nuclear Detection Office -

Terrorist threats of radiological/nuclear attacks continue to raise concern at all levels of government. To assist state and local responders during "surge" events, the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office maintains detection units that can be deployed, along with laboratory personnel, to supplement the jurisdictions' existing radiological and nuclear detection capabilities and resources.

Protecting Responders From the Known and Unknown

by John Lazier -

Law enforcement officers secure the scene, hazmat teams enter the hot zone, emergency medical technicians transport victims, and emergency room doctors and nurses receive patients following a radiological incident. Each responder plays an important role, but each requires a different level of protection, which is dictated by different standards. Resources are available to help determine the best protection.

The ABCs of Transportation Planning for Special Events

by Laurel J. Radow -

Washington Nationals' owner Mark Lerner recently told The Washington Times that his team "would love to host a future All-Star Game." That honor, though, would require extensive preparations to ensure the safety and security of people in and around the nation's capital. Fortunately, the Federal Highway Administration has many useful plans and programs available to assist with such preparations.

Mass Transit Security Force Multipliers

by Douglas K. McDaniel -

Situational awareness and information sharing are key factors in the guidelines recommended for mitigating terrorist threats. By developing the standards and policies needed to train all employees to recognize and report suspicious activity - and regularly reassessing such training - mass transit agencies can build a strong front line of defense and reduce current vulnerabilities.

Improving Healthcare Sector Interoperability

by Thomas P. Russo -

Having choices opens many opportunities for patients and responders as well as medical staff within the U.S. healthcare system. However, that benefit has led to complications in communications and the sharing of information. Healthcare coalitions are seeking better ways to meet daily operational goals while at the same time expanding the capabilities available to cope with emergency surges and mass-casualty incidents.

Lightweight Networks - Enabling the Homeland Security Enterprise

by Dennis R. Schrader -

One of the geniuses of "the American system" is the frequently complex working relationships between the federal branch of government and the private sector. More than two centuries of experience show that coordination, cooperation, and collaboration continue to be the keys to eventual success - despite some complications from time to time.

Colorado Builds a New Generation of Emergency Managers

by Christopher Mailliard -

The next generation of first responders is starting earlier and growing faster, thanks in large part to new educational initiatives. High school now offers not only initial emergency management courses, but also classroom training with hands-on operational experience, college credits, and opportunities for a broad range of professional careers.

U.S. Citizens: The First Line of Defense

by Vernon Herron & Michael Vesely -

Today, as in the Colonial era, homeland defense and emergency management begin at home. Homeowners and their neighbors are often the first responders available when disaster strikes. Whether they are ready to meet that challenge is not always certain, but individual citizens are starting to learn the fundamentals of planning, preparedness, response, and recovery.

Securing the Torch - 2012 London Olympics

by Richard Schoeberl -

During World War II, the United Kingdom deployed ground, air, and naval forces in a war that affected all nations around the globe. Today, London and the Olympic Games Committee are again preparing for war to cope with a broad spectrum of security threats that could affect the city's own residents as well as visitors from all parts of the world.