Updates

New Fentanyl Detection Standards Will Protect First Responders in the Field

ASTM International, one of the largest standards development organizations in the world, published three new standards for the field detection of fentanyl and fentanyl-related compounds. “This project is truly a win-win for first responders and manufacturers of field chemical detection equipment,” said Rich Ozanich, the lead researcher at PNNL who developed the standards and is leading the development of expanded instrument libraries and assessment of instrument performance. He added, “having these expanded libraries will improve responder capability to identify new drugs they encounter and respond in a more effective manner.”

S&T and New York City Partners Conduct Above/Below Ground Air Sampling Study

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) announced that it will join several New York City agencies for an above- and below-ground air sampling study that will ultimately help urban areas prepare for and recover from incidents involving hazardous materials.

IAEM-USA Children and Disaster Caucus seeks input via survey on 'Addressing Needs of Children During COVID'

The caucus is asking IAEM members to please share their organization and emergency management/work experiences in respect to how the needs of children were addressed during COVID to date. Demographic data will be collected for statistical analysis, but responses will be anonymous.

DHS CWMD Awards Two Contracts for $60.8M to Equip DHS Partners with Radiological and Nuclear Detection Equipment

The Department of Homeland Security’s Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Office awarded two contracts to supply U.S. Customs and Border Protection with 216 additional Radiation Portal Monitors (RPMs) to scan cargo as it passes through our Nation’s various ports of entry and to train their staff on the new systems.

DHS Publishes Two Free Resources to Protect Critical Infrastructure from GPS Vulnerabilities

The Global Positioning System (GPS) Receiver Whitelist Development Guide and a new release of the Positioning, Navigation, and Timing (PNT) Integrity Library to protect against the spoofing, or deceiving, of GPS devices through false signals has been released. These resources advance the design of PNT systems and increase resilience of critical infrastructure to PNT disruptions.

Commission Warns Critical Infrastructure at Biological Risk

The Bipartisan Commission on Biodefense released a new report today entitled, Insidious Scourge: Critical Infrastructure at Biological Risk. The report details immediate actions to defend the nation’s critical infrastructure against biological threats.

TDEM Becomes New Home for Domestic Preparedness Journal

The Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) and The Texas A&M University System are proud to announce the Domestic Preparedness (DomPrep) Journal and its associated publications will now be hosted by TDEM.

Risk Communication: Plan With the Whole Community

FEMA’s whole community approach promotes community participation in emergency planning, response, recovery, and mitigation activities. Integrating community partners into the emergency planning process can help planners better understand and address the needs of the community. These stakeholders should be included in the development of risk communication messages to ensure they are accessible, understandable, and actionable.

S&T Wildfire Sensor Initiative Heats Up

At the California field event in June 2021, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) successfully tested four prototype technologies for early detection of wildfires, closing out Phase 1 of the Smart Cities Internet of Things Innovation (SCITI) Labs wildland fire sensor effort. SCITI Labs brings together government and private sector partners to identify technologies that meet first responders’ operational needs and ensure the nation’s critical infrastructure remains secure and resilient.

DHS S&T Calls for Technologies for 2022 First Responder Electronic Jamming Exercise (JAMX 22)

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) today released a Request for Information (RFI) for participation in the 2022 First Responder Electronic Jamming Exercise (JamX 22) at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, April 25-29, 2022.