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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.


- 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.

Evacuation plans.

- A new Oklahoma law (formerly S.B. 1709) requires that cities and towns in the state develop evacuation plans. The plans must give instructions on how to evacuate all citizens in the case of a disaster and must be reviewed annually. The plans must also include risk assessments, training of personnel, and annual exercises. Each town will be required to maintain an office of emergency management, which will be responsible for communications, warnings, and damage assessments. Town citizens will be given a copies of the plan.

Bioterror Focus Changing Public Health Systems

- Every U.S. state has an agency that handles public health, but how the public health apparatus functions from state to state diverges widely. Some agencies are freestanding, others are part of a larger health and human services department. The way they deal with local health agencies varies as well: some states centralize control over local health agencies, others grant local agencies wide latitude in operations, and still other states fall somewhere in between. The services provided by these agencies are also all over the map. Does the structure matter? Not really, say researchers at the RAND Corporation who recently examined “whether there is a link between how state and local public health departments are organized and the level of their emergency preparedness.” Read the report.

State Perspective – California

- Read the entire interview of Matthew R. Bettenhausen, director, California Office of Homeland Security.

Catastrophic Event

- Banks faced unique challenges during Hurricane Katrina. This report highlights the lessons they learned.


- 11 Percentage of Security Management readers who have had business continuity planning added to their list of responsibilities in the last 12 months. Other new fields of responsibility cited in the survey were disaster preparedness and response (7 percent of readers) and risk management (another 7 percent).

State Perspective - New York

- Interview with James W. McMahon director of New York's Office of Homeland Security.

Data Rivers Overflowing

- With the hurricane season underway—and with memories of last year’s catastrophes still fresh in mind—businesses in areas that are likely to be affected by summer storms are doing whatever they can to secure their premises from damage or destruction. But what about digital assets? The Florida Chamber of Commerce is helping Florida businesses to ensure that their e-mail traffic keeps flowing throughout hurricane season, even if flood waters shut down mail servers. The Digital Disaster Preparedness service is being offered for free by AppRiver, LLC, a Gulf Breeze, Florida-based company that provides e-mail security services. The company will monitor the mail servers of Florida companies that have an Internet domain name and have signed up for the service via the Florida Chamber of Commerce or App River Web sites. If bad weather hits and a company’s mail server goes down, AppRiver will reroute incoming messages to its own data centers in Texas, Virginia, and England until the damaged servers are back up, or until the company asks the mail to be redirected (messages can be made available online if requested). Spam and virus filtering are included. The free service runs through October 31. @ Point your browser to SM Onilne to link to these two sites, where you can sign up for the Digital Disaster Preparedness service if your company is based in

Evacuation Plans Evaluated

- The amount of rain and wind delivered by Katrina and Rita last year was nothing compared to the criticism that poured down on the federal government, Louisiana, and New Orleans for shoddy hurricane preparation and response. In the aftermath, Congress asked the Departments of Transportation and Homeland Security to review federal and state evacuation plans for catastrophic hurricanes. The two agencies have just issued a nearly 200- page report on evacuation plan assessment and jurisdictional roles in evacuation. @ Read it now by going to SM Online.


- The director of the New York Office of Homeland Security shares his thoughts on terrorism with Security Management. The complete interview is available online.

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