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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.


- 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.

Pandemic Resources for Business

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


- 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.


- 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.

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