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House passes bill to boost DHS use of social media in emergencies


Legislation to establish Department of Homeland Security standards for emergency responses on social media during terrorist attacks passed in the House on Tuesday.Passed 375-19, the bill would create a working group within DHS to provide guidance on the use of social media before, during and after terrorist attacks. Rep. Susan Brooks R-Ind., the bill’s sponsor, […]

FBI — National Cyber Security Awareness Month 2013


October marks the 10th anniversary of National Cyber Security Awareness Month. Established by presidential directive in 2004, the initiative—administered by the Department of Homeland Security—raises cyber security awareness across the nation by engaging and educating public and private sector partners through a variety of events and programs. The ultimate goal is to protect the country […]

Homeland Security Developing Systems to Detect Concealed Person-Borne Bombs at a Distance

A favored tactic due to its simplicity and low cost, these bombings creates maximum fear because the victims are randomly chosen, and in public areas such as schools, churches, hospitals, sporting events, bus or train stations, or other populated areas. Unfortunately, person-borne IEDS are often shaped from a variety of metals and concealed under clothing […]

DHS Launches New Active Shooter Preparedness Webpage

  DHS has launched a new webpage dedicated to Active Shooter Preparedness.

Department Of Homeland Security Wants You To Disable Your Java

  We’ve been concerned about the security of Java for a while now. There was that vulnerability that affected like a billion computers, and Apple went so far as to remove Java plugins from all OSX browsers.  Now even the Department of Homeland Security is in on the act with a special message: “Yo, shut […]

Using Social Media to Enhance Situational Awareness

Social media has amply demonstrated its abilities as an outbound tool, a means for government to push information out to its constituents. Municipalities tweet emergency information during crises. Politicians rally friends on Facebook. Even as these active uses of social media come into their own, newer passive uses are evolving. Rather than shout, government agencies […]

Active Shooter: What You Can Do


From the people at Ready Houston: a six minute video suggesting what to do if you’re at work, or church or elsewhere and someone starts shooting.

National Geographic and CDC offer preparedness tips on Doomsday Preppers

Although National Geographic channel admits that some of the families in the show “Doomsday Preppers” take things a little too far, the channel is teaming up with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to provide viewers with disaster preparedness tips beginning Dec. 11, just 10 days before the predicted end of the world, says a […]

‘Local Planning for Terror and Disaster’: One of the most important books of the year

Hurricane Sandy was far worse than most people expected, but that should have been no surprise. One of the key lessons we’ve learned from natural disasters, as well as terrorist attacks, is that you should “expect the unexpected.” Anticipate the unusual. Black swans are rare, but they exist. That’s one message of a fine new […]

Red Cross, FEMA and Verizon Stress the Importance of Disaster Preparedness, Emergency Communications

To mark the end of National Preparedness Month, representatives from the American Red Cross, the Federal Emergency Management Agency FEMA and Verizon gathered on Thursday Sept. 27 to stress the importance of disaster preparedness and to highlight the tips and technological tools available to help people prepare for emergencies or disasters. “Disasters can strike quickly […]

Zombie Alert issued by Homeland Security

If zombies take over, the government wants you to be prepared. The Homeland Security Department warned citizens on Thursday that the “zombies are coming,” and urged them to be ready for a walking-dead apocalypse, The Associated Press reported. Read More

Reality TV – New Show Will Have Families Competing for Spot in Underground Bunker

The Last Family On Earth – Spike TV. New One-Hour Competition Reality Series Features Families Competing for a Spot in an Underground Bunker

U.S. Remains Vulnerable to an EMP

An article recently published by the Los Angeles Times discusses how solar storms pose a grave threat to Earth. Mike Hapgood, a space weather scientist in England, says that the world is unprepared for such a storm, and one is likely to occur soon. The Heritage Foundation has led a vital campaign aimed at informing […]

Emergency In Your Area? Public Alerts On Google Maps Shows Warnings

Google announced a new layer of data being added to Google Maps for public alerts.

Local Cops Ready for War With Homeland Security-Funded Military Weapons

A decade of billions in spending in the name of homeland security has armed local police departments with military-style equipment and a new commando mentality. But has it gone too far? Andrew Becker and G.W. Schulz of the Center for Investigative Reporting report. Read More

The threat of Electro Magnetic Pulse

A businessman man in Elma is leading the fight against a major threat to the nation’s electrical grid. WBFO news contributor Rich Kelmman and senior correspondent for WGRZ-TV tells us about Electro Magnetic Pulse or EMP. Have you ever considered what would happen if one day all electricity just stopped. Local businessman Henry Schwartz thinks […]

New Nanosensor Sniffs Bombs One Molecule at a Time

Imagine a piece of metal 30,000 times thinner than one of the hairs on your head. Mixed with a little protein from bee venom, that microscopic filament becomes the most powerful explosives-detection system in history, able to detect a single molecule of dangerous chemicals. Now imagine having that in an airport. No need for taking […]

Army orders radios for bio-threat system

Harris Corp. of New York is providing the U.S. Army with high-frequency radios for use with a biological threat detection system under a $9 million order. Read More

Bio-threat system being showcased

The North Carolina Bio-Preparedness Collaborative is showcasing a bio-surveillance system for early outbreak threat detection. When complete, the NCB-Prepared system will integrate data from sources as disparate as the environment, animal and human clinical services and food production, processing and distribution to detect emerging health threats more quickly and effectively. Read Full Article

FEMA To Use Social Media For Emergency Response

The Federal Emergency Management Agency plans to engage the public more in disaster response by sharing data and leveraging reports from mobile phones and social media, FEMA administrator Craig Fugate said today. People are increasingly connected in disaster areas, and FEMA needs to factor that into its disaster planning, Fugate said in a keynote speech […]