DHS has launched a new webpage dedicated to Active Shooter Preparedness.
Category: Emergency Preparedness
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 [...]
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 [...]
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. FEMA also offers an online course called “Active Shooter: What You Can Do.” It takes about 45 minutes to complete the course, according to the website.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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
The Last Family On Earth – Spike TV. New One-Hour Competition Reality Series Features Families Competing for a Spot in an Underground Bunker
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 [...]
Google announced a new layer of data being added to Google Maps for public alerts.
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
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 [...]
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 [...]
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
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 [...]
The Oklahoma City-based Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism is using two former local police officers to spearhead its national training efforts. Former Oklahoma City police Maj. Charles Allen and former city police inspector Ed Killebrew each retired from the department this year and soon thereafter moved to training positions at the institute. Read [...]
Charles Reinighaus thinks Americans are “disenfranchised” when it comes to the war on terror. He feels like the federal government has all the power to keep the country safe and is missing a key component: the American people. He loves to point out that the Times Square Bomber was not stopped by high tech cameras [...]
There has been much discussion by national security experts inside and outside of government as to how Congress and the President should ensure that the United States is safe from a terrorist attack. But there has been relatively little discussion in comparison as to how we would respond if an attack did occur. Are we [...]