May 2014 journal cover Safety and Security

The Sewol Ferry Disaster - Cultural Considerations

Culture plays a key role in how communities plan for, respond to, and recover from disasters. In South Korea, the cultural behaviors surrounding training, regulations, and obedience all may have played a role in the number of people who died when the Sewol ferry sunk on 16 April 2014.

USDA Annual Report on Technology Transfer FY2013

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced a new report on scientific breakthroughs discovered by United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) researchers that led to new patents and inventions with the

Critical Incident Stress Management & Peer Support

  In the aftermath of 9/11, aviation and other transportation incidents have become the focus of much national and international attention. Commercial aviation incidents like U.S. Airways Flight 1549 making

Mexican & U.S. Aviation Security

The airport security environment, especially in the United States, has changed significantly since 9/11. Technological advances have helped raise the standards at security checkpoints around the world, but technology is not infallible. Maintaining a high standard of security requires a balance between technology and human intelligence.

Airport Security - Beyond the Perimeter

Although the primary objective of a security system is to prevent crimes, some technologies provide limited information only after a security breach occurs. Information gaps can occur when detection and identification are limited to a specific moment in time. The solution is a layered approach using radar, thermal imaging, and other technologies.

The Team Spirit of Emergency Management

In the area of emergency management, teams and organizations strive to mitigate the outcome of any potential or actual emergency. Such intervention, though, requires trust in team members to perform their tasks when needed. As with any successful football team or racecar pit crew, emergency managers also must devote the time to train together as a team.
Airport check-in area with kiosks and a dome ceiling

Securing Airports - Both Inside & Outside

Deficiencies in the current U.S. security efforts at airports have raised various concerns. Examining past breaches in security and defining the roles of law enforcement agencies are critical security steps. However, passengers also must be prepared to sacrifice some level of convenience to ensure safer and more secure airports and air travel.

Maryland - A State of Good Repair

The condition of the nation’s transit infrastructure is a challenging issue that requires much attention. To address the safety and security concerns, safety professionals are taking a more active role during the plan, design, and build phases of modern transit systems and vehicles. Maryland is one state that is making an effort to maintain its transit systems in a “state of good repair.”

DOE Issues WIPP Radiological Release Investigation Report

The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Environmental Management recently released the initial accident investigation report related to the radiological release at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) near Carlsbad,

National Climate Assessment Report

The National Climate Assessment Report takes the most comprehensive look at climate change impacts in the United States. This report integrates four years of work by hundreds of experts from
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