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Opportunity Knocking: Coordinate With Nontraditional Organizations

By   /  February 29, 2012  /  Emergency Management  /  No Comments

Prior to the American Red Cross/U.S. Geological Survey trip in July 2010, an earlier opportunity arose to travel to Chile as a representative of the American Red Cross with a different multidisciplinary team, which was created through the Los Angeles Operational Area’s Critical Incident Planning and Training Alliance. The purpose of this trip was to […]

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Health Funding Cuts Endanger U.S. Bioterror Defenses, Veteran Expert Warns

By   /  February 29, 2012  /  General News, Grants & Funding  /  No Comments

Proposed reductions to U.S. health preparedness funding in fiscal 2013 pose the danger of “killing” the nation’s capability to blunt the impact of an act of biological terrorism, an internationally known public health specialist said on Friday (see GSN, Feb. 24). Federal support for two critical preparedness grant programs has succumbed to “complacency” since 2001, […]

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Cybersecurity and partisan politics: Let’s not go there

By   /  February 29, 2012  /  Homeland Security  /  No Comments

Could someone please rescue cybersecurity from the peril of partisan politics? The trouble started last month when Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) introduced a bill that would put the Homeland Security Department in charge of protecting civilian government systems and overseeing the security of private systems deemed to be critical infrastructure. Lieberman said he based his […]

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Planning for “What If”

By   /  February 29, 2012  /  Emergency Management  /  1 Comment

From the FEMA Blog by Dan Stoneking It seems like there are plenty of disasters to test our capability as a nation and as individual communities, so why would we spend time thinking up – and planning for – a disaster even bigger than what we’ve seen in our lifetime, in the U.S.? In 2011, […]

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New report paints dire picture of Japanese Fukushima response

By   /  February 29, 2012  /  Emergency Management, General News  /  No Comments

A new report reveals that last year’s nuclear crisis at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi atomic energy plant was dangerously close to spiraling out of control as senior officials bickered internally, lacked critical information on the extent of the damage, and covertly considered the possibility of evacuating Tokyo. The New York Times, which obtained an advance copy of […]

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