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Introduction to Emergency Management

- An outstanding text for students and a good source of information for anyone wanting to improve their fundamental knowledge of the subject.

Text Message Alerts and Tips

- Emerging security applications for text messaging.

Online Security and Preparedness Forum for Virginian Colleges

- While we await the Virginia Tech Review Panel's report on the Virginia Tech massacre due sometime this August, a new online forum has been created to allow Virginia colleges and universities to discuss campus security and preparedness issues. The online forum's creator, the Virginia Higher Education Preparedness Consortium, says it "will improve campus security in Virginia by giving these institutions a central information source.” Only college and university users will have permission to access the forum. To access the Web site, go here.

Reforming the Reserves

- Assessing National Guard readiness.

National Guard

- Two bills (S. 430 and H.R. 718) introduced by Sen. Christopher Bond (R-MO) and Rep. Tom Davis (R-VA) would require the military to identify gaps between federal and state capabilities to respond to emergencies that have been created by the deployment of National Guard troops to Iraq and Afghanistan. The bill would also make the Chief of the National Guard Bureau a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Emergency Planning

- Don't know what to do if pandemic influenza hits the U.S.? Then read the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's pandemic influenza preparedness and response guidelines for the healthcare field.

Disaster Response

- A small nuclear weapon would have a catastrophic impact on the healthcare systems of four major U.S. cities say two scientists, but advise deployable medical equipment coupled with environmental modeling software could save lives.

Testing IT Plans

- Contingency and computer-security emergency-response plans must be kept in a state of readiness. Three key components of readiness are tests that ensure that the plan will work as described; training that informs personnel of their roles and responsibilities vis-a-vis the plan; and exercises that simulate an emergency to test the plan's viability. The National Institute of Standards and Technology has created an in-depth guide to tests, training, and exercise programs as they relate to IT plans. The guide includes checklists as well as detailed sample objectives and scenarios. Read the guide: Test, Training, and Exercise Programs for IT Plans and Capabilities.

State Perspective - Illinois

- William C. 'Bill' Burke has served as director of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency since 2003, coordinating incident response while building terrorism preparedness alongside Illinois Homeland Security and the state's Terrorism Task Force. Prior to that, Burke served as a regional administrator for the U.S. General Services Administration and Inspector General of the Illinois Department of Military Affairs. An Army veteran of the Vietnam War, Burke received the Bronze Star and Army Commendation Medal. Read the full interview.

Homeland Security

- To find out what's at risk in Illinois, read the full interview with William C. 'Bill' Burke, director of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency.

Terrorism and the Chemical Infrastructure: Protecting People and Reducing Vulnerabilities

- The book has its place in the security literature for professionals working in the chemical infrastructure arena.

A Healthy Dose of Security

- South Carolina's Greenville Hospital System upgrades its security program thanks to a healthy dose of funding.

State Perspective – Tennessee

- A talk with Tennessee's top homeland security official.
 




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