NEWS & ANALYSIS

DHS Taps ASIS, NFPA, BSI Private-sector Preparedness Standards

DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano announced the selection of three existing emergency management and business continuity standards for use under the agency’s Voluntary Private Sector Preparedness Accreditation and Certification Program (PS-Prep).

FEMA Guidance on Recovery After Radiological Event Insufficient, GAO Reports

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has not developed a strategy to help cities and states across the United States recover from a dirty bomb or improvised nuclear device (IND) attack, a representative from Congress' investigative arm told legislators yesterday.

Google Analyzes Flu Web Searches to Create Early Warning System

As the Northern Hemisphere gears up for flu season amid the H1N1 pandemic, companies are analyzing Web activity to create early warning systems, reports The Washington Post.

"Superbug" Fears Remote, But Swine Flu Fitter Than Other Strains

Researchers experimenting with various flu strains in ferrets found no evidence that a supervirulent hybrid flu strain could arise but did discover that swine flu outcompetes other flu strains, reports the University of Maryland Newsdesk.

Government Encourages Companies to Prepare for Flu Season

The idea that workers should be encouraged to tough it out and come to work even if they don't feel well is so 20th century. In the new millennium, with its pandemic flu threat hanging in the air, the government hopes that workers who think they may be coming down with something will stay home so as not to infect their coworkers. And the government wants companies to encourage that attitude with flexible sick leave policies, among other efforts.

Experts Divided on Stockpiling Medicine as Flu Season Approaches

The New Scientist asked 60 experts whether they are taking personal precautions as the autumn flu season approaches.

FEMA Cannot Handle Emergency Housing Alone, FEMA Head Testifies

The head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency told lawmakers today that his agency cannot handle the demand for temporary housing after a catastrophic disaster.

DHS OG Berates FEMA Over Trailers

The Department of Homeland Security's Office of the Inspector General yesterday released a report that dressed down the Federal Emergency Management Agency for its response to contaminated trailers given by the agency to victims of hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005.

U.K.: More to Fear from Swine Flu Than Terrorism

Home Secretary Alan Johnson told the BBC that the United Kingdom has more to fear from swine flu than terrorism, reports the Daily Mail.

Rat-like Robot to Aid Disaster Response

A British research team is developing a rat-like robot that may one day help first responders search and rescue victims of man-made and natural disasters, reports The New Scientist.
 




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