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National Response Plan Lacks Substance Say Critics

- The Washington Post reports on a September 11 congressional hearing in which state and local emergency responders raise fears that problems with disaster response that became evident during Hurricane Katrina are not fixed by the new National Response Framework from the Bush Administration.

Flu Preparedness

- Check out this checklist intended to help businesses prepare for the worst if a flu pandemic hits.

Predicting Events

- A study of advanced data analytics and other predictive software looks at the potential for predicting terrorist attacks.

Huge Earthquake off Sumatra Stokes Tsunami Fears

- Coastal inhabitants fear a tsunami similar to 2004.

Will Belgium Go the Way of Yugoslavia or Czechoslovakia?

- Belgium's three-month crisis continues. Is disintegration round the corner?

First-Responder Testers Sought

- Video-game technology being adapted to help train first responders. One of the latest examples is Hazmat: Hotzone, a program being developed by the Entertainment Technology Center at Carnegie Mellon University in collaboration with the Fire Department of New York to train first responders to deal with hazardous materials. @ If you wish to participate in the beta testing, sign up on the Hazmat: Hotzone mailing list and express your interest. A link on SM Online takes you to the sign-up page.

Germ of an Idea

- Is the national flu strategy the right plan?

Masters of Disasters

- Find out what firms that provide disaster recovery assistance have learned from a year of back-to-back naural disasters.

Va. Tech Report: Police Preparedness and Response Outstanding

- University police had mutual aid agreements with other law enforcement agencies and trained and practiced active shooter response plans with local police.

Tsunami Warning

- Due to be completed by the end of 2008, a system of buoys will provide advance warning of a tsunami to countries that border India.

State Perspective – Kansas

- An interview with Maj. General Tod M. Bunting.

The Long Road to Secure Infrastructure

- New government plans to protect critical infrastructure lack substance despite a decade-long effort by federal officials and private-sector partners.

Waive Goodbye to Liability

- Penetration testing of a computer network requires careful planning and limits on the scope of work.

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