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Improve Coordination

- Coordination between the military and the private sector has improved, according to this GAO report, but some problems remain.

First - Responder Tool

- Find out how video game technology is helping first responders deal with hazardous materials.

Can Your Business Withstand a Flu Pandemic?

- What businesses can do to prepare for the business continuity and security implications of a flu pandemic before it hits. (Online Exclusive)

Keeping Mass Transit Ahead of the Curve

- Mass transit is using training, technology, and K-9 units to secure its routes.

Lessons from New Orleans

- The Gulf Coast hurricanes exposed the need for business and government to enhance emergency response. What lessons can be learned?

Reporting of Potential Health Problems Examined

- Are the systems that public health agencies have in place to receive and handle reports of suspicious diseases adequate? In an effort to answer that question, the RAND Corporation polled 19 of the 2,800 public health agencies around the United States. The study found inconsistencies in reporting methods that showed a need for national standards. The study also found that staff training needed to be enhanced.

No Consensus on FEMA Focus

- Experts disagree on merits of FEMA preparedness function.

First responders

- Two Senate bills have been introduced to address communication issues that arose in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. One bill (S. 1554), introduced by Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), would establish a grant program to improve overall communications equipment for first responders. Collins, who is chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, said that “This bill takes an important step toward improving emergency communications nationwide so no community experiences the communications failure we saw in parts of the Gulf Coast in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.” The bill has one cosponsor—ranking minority member on the committee Sen. Joseph Lieberman (D-CT)—and has been referred to the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. Another bill (S. 1762), introduced by Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA), would also establish a grant program. However, it would be designed to establish an interoperable communications system for first responders.

High and Dry

- ARMA International's Web site lists resources that will help businesses protect and recover their critical business records in case of floods.

Quick Bytes: Remote problem

- Should a disaster such as a flu pandemic hit the United States, many companies will deploy their work forces remotely so that business can continue without jeopardizing the health and welfare of workers

Mine Safety

- The law requires that mine operators adopt and maintain an accident response plan for when miners are trapped. Under the law, the plan must include redundant local communications systems, emergency air supplies, escapeways, emergency training, and wireless communications systems to allow contact between trapped miners and officials on the surface.

State of Readiness

- Learn how Arizona is using training exercises to prepare for both natural disasters and the possibility of a terrorist attack.

Numbers

- 80 Percentage of U.S. cities that say they have not received sufficient federal resources to achieve full communications interoperability during a crisis. That’s according to a 183-city survey on disaster preparedness conducted by the U.S. Conference of Mayors.
 




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