Morning Security Brief: New York Testing Location-Based Alerts, Illegal Gun Sales, Hospital Malware, and More

New York is testing its cell phone notification emergency alert system today. An investigation finds that private sellers are willing to sell to buyers who say they can't pass a background check. Malware forces a hospital to close for three days. And more.

CHEMM-IST to help First Responders Diagnose Chemical Exposure

Diagnosing illness after a mass casualty chemical attack? Ask a CHEMM-IST.

FEMA Says Alert System Test Yielded Positive, Unexpected Results

Things didn’t go exactly as planned with FEMA’s emergency alert test earlier this month, but despite its shortcomings--including some of the public not getting any alerts at all--FEMA, the FCC, and NOAA agree the test was a success.

FEMA Promotes Innovation In Emergency Management

FEMA creates an online forum to gather ideas on improving disaster preparedness response.

Did the Emergency Alert System Fail Its First Test?

Initial reactions to the nationwide Emergency Alert System test scheduled for Wednesday show it may still have some kinks to work out.

FEMA Releases Video About Planned Nationwide Emergency Alert Test

Across the nation, a three minute set of beeps and tones, followed by a voice repeating, “this is a test,” will be broadcast simultaneously on all regularly scheduled television, radio, cable, and satellite programs.

Guidance for Working in Disaster Areas

New standards are designed to help security contractors operate safely in areas with weakened rule of law.

Community Colleges Less Likely to Implement Layered Notification Systems

Forget getting the message out, experts say redundancy is key.

Looking Ahead: Disaster Response

Associate Editor Matthew Harwood interviews Lt. Gen. Guy C. Swan III, CPP.

Bush Shares Disaster Recovery Lessons At ASIS Event

Bush, who was Florida’s governor from 1999 until 2007, recounted his time as governor in 2004 and 2005, when the state faced eight hurricanes and four tropical storms in a span of 16 months.

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