NEWS & ANALYSIS

Urban Area Perspective: Tuscaloosa

Associate editor Matthew Harwood interviews David Hartin, director of the Tuscaloosa County Emergency Management Agency.

HHS Lists Top Disaster Apps For First Responders and the Public

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Disaster Information Research Center has published a list of recommended smartphone apps and mobile optimized Web sites to put disaster information at the fingertips of both first responders and the public.

Occupiers, Capitol Police Make Security a Priority During Occupy Congress

Security and maintaining a peaceful protest were primary concerns for occupiers, who converged on the lawn of the U.S. Capitol Building on Tuesday morning.

Morning Security Brief: FedEx Fined For Violating Sanctions, Somali Pirate Report, Queensland Flooding Revisited, and More

FedEx fined for shipping "security sensitive" items to sanctioned companies. The number of pirate attacks off the coast of Somalia has increased,but the number of successful hijackings has fallen, says a new report. An Australian police commissioner stands by his decision to lock residents out of a flooded town after a major disaster. And more.

Morning Security Brief: New York Testing Location-Based Alerts, Illegal Gun Sales, Hospital Malware, and More

New York is testing its cell phone notification emergency alert system today. An investigation finds that private sellers are willing to sell to buyers who say they can't pass a background check. Malware forces a hospital to close for three days. And more.

CHEMM-IST to help First Responders Diagnose Chemical Exposure

Diagnosing illness after a mass casualty chemical attack? Ask a CHEMM-IST.

FEMA Says Alert System Test Yielded Positive, Unexpected Results

Things didn’t go exactly as planned with FEMA’s emergency alert test earlier this month, but despite its shortcomings--including some of the public not getting any alerts at all--FEMA, the FCC, and NOAA agree the test was a success.

FEMA Promotes Innovation In Emergency Management

FEMA creates an online forum to gather ideas on improving disaster preparedness response.

Did the Emergency Alert System Fail Its First Test?

Initial reactions to the nationwide Emergency Alert System test scheduled for Wednesday show it may still have some kinks to work out.

FEMA Releases Video About Planned Nationwide Emergency Alert Test

Across the nation, a three minute set of beeps and tones, followed by a voice repeating, “this is a test,” will be broadcast simultaneously on all regularly scheduled television, radio, cable, and satellite programs.
 




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