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Ohio, California and Minnesota

A dirty bomb is hidden inside a vessel at a port facility somewhere on Lake Erie. SWAT teams, more than 180 first responders, and a large number of EMS student victims are among the many-splendored participants in an extended counter-terrorism exercise at Ohio Tests Lake Erie Dirty-Bomb Scenario Just two weeks
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Ohio, Hawaii, California, and Minnesota

┬á Ohio Just two weeks before the large “TOPOFF3” exercise tapped major resources in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, the state of Ohio held a small tabletop exercise focusing on the threat of a sea borne radiological dispersal device. The scenario included a “dirty bomb” hidden within a vessel
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Risks and Realities, Grants and Vulnerabilities

The mostly successful launch of the Department of Homeland Security has been followed, not surprisingly, by allegations of wasteful spending and a failure to establish priorities. The new team at DHS meets the challenge head-on, and is already working wit
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Upgrading an Armory: The 1033 Solution

The handgun, the shotgun, and the rifle – each has its advantages and disadvantages. But today’s law-enforcement officer needs at least one effective weapon not only to carry out his duties but also to protect himself and the thousands of innocent people
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Maryland, Georgia, Arizona, & Mississippi

This issue: Maryland focuses on assistance grants; Georgia assigns responsibilities to Homeland Security Task Force; Arizona continues TOPOFF4 planning; and Mississippi provides a full calendar of training options.
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The North Shore – LIJ Approach to Patient Decontamination

ÔÇťTrain everybody to do decon [decontamination],ÔÇŁ says Frank Califano, safety services specialist assigned to Network Emergency Management for the North Shore – LIJ Health System in Long Island, N.Y. ÔÇťEverybody includes security guards, pharmacists, dieticians, and folks from the environmental services. It takes a lot of people to set up
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Hospital Staffing for Decontamination

In the new post-9/11 world the emergency community can no longer afford the luxury of compartmentalization. Planning, cooperation, and training together all will be needed – along with additional funds.
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Missouri, Rhode Island, and Nevada

Missouri, Rhode Island, and Nevada By Anthony Lanzillotti Missouri Funeral Directors seek help with PPE funding Funeral home directors in Missouri have asked the state to help them obtain federal funding for the purchase of personal protective equipment (PPE). The request came after a recent meeting of the directors to discuss
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Ohio, California and Minnesota

A dirty bomb is hidden inside a vessel at a port facility somewhere on Lake Erie. SWAT teams, more than 180 first responders, and a large number of EMS student victims are among the many-splendored participants in an extended counter-terrorism exercise at Ohio Tests Lake Erie Dirty-Bomb Scenario Just two weeks
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Ohio, Hawaii, California, and Minnesota

┬á Ohio Just two weeks before the large “TOPOFF3” exercise tapped major resources in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, the state of Ohio held a small tabletop exercise focusing on the threat of a sea borne radiological dispersal device. The scenario included a “dirty bomb” hidden within a vessel
Read More ┬╗

Risks and Realities, Grants and Vulnerabilities

The mostly successful launch of the Department of Homeland Security has been followed, not surprisingly, by allegations of wasteful spending and a failure to establish priorities. The new team at DHS meets the challenge head-on, and is already working wit
Read More ┬╗

Upgrading an Armory: The 1033 Solution

The handgun, the shotgun, and the rifle – each has its advantages and disadvantages. But today’s law-enforcement officer needs at least one effective weapon not only to carry out his duties but also to protect himself and the thousands of innocent people
Read More ┬╗

Maryland, Georgia, Arizona, & Mississippi

This issue: Maryland focuses on assistance grants; Georgia assigns responsibilities to Homeland Security Task Force; Arizona continues TOPOFF4 planning; and Mississippi provides a full calendar of training options.
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The North Shore – LIJ Approach to Patient Decontamination

ÔÇťTrain everybody to do decon [decontamination],ÔÇŁ says Frank Califano, safety services specialist assigned to Network Emergency Management for the North Shore – LIJ Health System in Long Island, N.Y. ÔÇťEverybody includes security guards, pharmacists, dieticians, and folks from the environmental services. It takes a lot of people to set up
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Oregon, Nebraska, Tennessee, and Kentucky

Oregon┬áCity of Portland Selected for Terrorism Exercise in 2007Portland, Ore., one of the fifteen cities that applied to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in 2004, has been chosen as one of two sites for the ÔÇťTOPOFF4ÔÇŁ exercise scheduled for 2007. The Oregon Office of Homeland Security (OOHS) is
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Rosie the Riveter and Homeland Security

Rosie the Riveter was the poster girl for the U.S. arsenal of democracy that played a major role in the WWII Allied victory. She has been recalled to active duty in the U.S.-led global war on terrorism, and last week made a personal appearance at the Home
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Arkansas, New Jersey and Alaska

Arkansas┬áArkansas Department Of Emergency Management (ADEM)The vision of the ADEM states, ÔÇťThe Arkansas Department of Emergency Management will be the┬árecognized leader nationwide for state-level homeland security and┬ádisaster preparedness programs, policies, and procedures by 2010.ÔÇŁ In keeping with this vision, the ADEM has implemented a list of Suggested Protective Measures for
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State Defense Forces: An Untapped Resource

With a high percentage of the U.S. active-duty forces, and Reserve and National Guard units as well, now deployed overseas, the nation’s governors may be hard-pressed to cope with in-state disasters. The SDFs provide a quick-response, low-cost, experience
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First-Responder Accreditation: The Pros and Cons

States, cities, and the federal government are moving at flank speed to upgrade their various, and varying, domestic-preparedness and counterterrorism capabilities. But are they moving in lockstep, and headed toward the same goal? No one knows.
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Days of Reckoning: The Maximum Effort

In times of major disasters, natural or manmade, few if any hospitals or other agencies have the personnel and other resources needed to handle all the casualties. But a good start can be made by planning ahead, training, working with other hospitals, and
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