Two bills (S. 430 and H.R. 718) introduced by Sen. Christopher Bond (R-MO) and Rep. Tom Davis (R-VA) would require the military to identify gaps between federal and state capabilities to respond to emergencies that have been created by the deployment of National Guard troops to Iraq and Afghanistan. The bill would also make the Chief of the National Guard Bureau a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Damage to a building’s fire and life safety systems can occur during an earthquake, making it difficult for people to evacuate the facility and impeding the work of first responders. Researchers from Worcester Polytechnic Instituteconducted a series of tests on a building that simulated post-quake fires. They assessed how the damage affected the passive and active fire protection systems to contain fire and smoke.
After a series of storms battered the state, Maryland convened a task to examine lessons learned and offer recommendations for improving the resilience of the state’s power grid. The group’s final report offers 11 recommendations, ranging from policy improvements to disaster drills.