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Urban Area Perspective - Indianapolis

- Security Management interviews Dr. Frank Straub, director of public safety for the City of Indianapolis, and Gary Coons, chief of Indianapolis' Division of Homeland Security.  ----------------------------------------------------------------------------

Quick and Easy Business Continuity Plan for Your Small Business

- This software program is an inexpensive, simple means to ensure that any company has a basic plan in place to deal with emergency situations.

Bird's Eye View

- First responders to disasters are learning how to leverage the wealth of data available through social Web sites like Twitter and Flickr.

Safeguarding Homeland Security: Governors and Mayors Speak Out.

- In this multiauthor text, leading government stakeholders share the strategies that have bolstered their states and cities' emergency preparedness.

Biodefense Innovation

- A publicly funded, privately run investment corporation to support high-risk, high-reward research could speed production of countermeasures after a biological attack or disease outbreak (.pdf) and is recommended by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Urban Area Perspective – Memphis

- Security Management interviews Robert Nations, Jr., director of the Shelby County, Tennessee Office of Preparedness.

The Beltway Battle Over Block D

- What began as an uncontroversial plan to use freed-up radio frequency spectrum for a national wireless broadband network for first responders has degenerated into a pitched policy battle in Washington.

U.S. Congressional Legislation: Disaster Management

- A bill (S. 3249) that would renew a grant program designed to help state and local governments prepare for disasters has been approved by the Senate. The House of Representatives will consider the measure. The competitive grant program would provide grants to state and local governments for projects that mitigate damage from natural disasters such as hurricanes and floods. A 2007 study on the program by the Congressional Budget Office found that the program is successful. For every $1 spent on the program, the federal government saved $3.  

U.S. Congressional Legislation: Homeland Security Grants

- A bill (H.R. 5562) that would amend the use of homeland security grants has been approved by the House Homeland Security Committee. The bill must now come before the full House of Representatives for a vote. Under the bill, the government could not require that grants issued under the Urban Area Security Initiative be used for specific purposes. Also, H.R. 5562 would require that the government study the costs of administering the grants to determine whether the grantees should be awarded a greater percentage of funds to be used for management and administration of the grant award.  

Urban Area Perspective – Seattle

- Security Management interviews Barb Graff, director of Seattle Office of Emergency Management.

A Fight Over First-Responder Bandwidth

- Private industry, government agencies, and first responders are locked in a battle over the allocation of radio frequencies.

Rocket-Propelled Life Preserver Wins 2010 James Dyson Award

- A student invention to save people drowning at sea wins the prestigious 2010 James Dyson Awards.

The Law of Emergencies

- Nan Hunter's The Law of Emergencies is an excellent primer on how federalism complicates public health and disaster management.

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