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Pandemic Resources for Business

- Thwarting spy cameras, security for competitive advantage, pandemic resources, female suicide bombers, and laptop lessons

Communications

- A bill (A.B. 1848) in California would require that state officials provide an annual report to lawmakers on the state’s interoperable public safety communications network. Existing law says that such as system must be established using federally specified frequencies to ensure that first responders can communicate during an emergency.

Emergency management

- A bill (H.R. 5351) introduced by Rep. David Reichert (R-WA) would establish a Directorate of Emergency Management within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The bill has been approved by the House Homeland Security Committee. However, it is still under consideration in the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

Security Gets Offensive

- Reactive security is so 20th century. Today’s mantra is adding to the corporate bottom line, generating return on investment, or serving as a source of competitive advantage. The problem is how to turn the jargon into reality. Rachel Briggs and Charlie Edwards, who work for the security arm of the British think tank Demos, have spent a year examining multinational companies, seeking the ones that best align security with business objectives. They’ve found six common attributes of the most successful companies.

Pandemic Web Site

- The University of Minnesota Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy has developed a Web site to provide information on state pandemic plans.

Hurricane Defenses

- Find out how buildings could be strengthened against hurricanes in a NIST report that recommends enforcing strict building standards for hurricane-prone regions.

Numbers

- 14 Percentage of Arkansas trial court judges who said that their courthouses had written security policies and plans, according to a survey by the state’s Administrative Office of the Courts. Only 7 percent said they had written emergency plans for natural disasters.

State Perspective – New Mexico

- Interview with Tim Manning, director of homeland security for the state of New Mexico

Information Sharing

- A report offers recommendations on how government agencies can better share sensitive information.

Homeland Security

- An interview with Tim Manning, director, New Mexico Office of Homeland Security.

In for Nasty Weather

- WeatherBug operates some 8,000 weather stations around the country, providing live local weather data to end users. “We’ve married this with detailed weather intelligence from the National Weather Service, radar information, [and] lightning information, and we can get down to a five-kilometer-grid resolution providing truly neighborhood-level weather information,” Jim Anderson, WeatherBug’s director of business development, explained in a recent Webinar.

Numbers

- The number of state and city emergency plans across the United States that were found to have preparedness gaps by the Department of Homeland Security.

State Perspective - California

- Spotting suspicious conduct by air travelers, limiting sensitive exports, and speaking with California’s homeland security director.
 




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