Summer 2014 Newsletter

In this issue: landslides, hurricane season, wearable tech


landslideLandslides and mudslides have been in the news lately, claiming lives, destroying towns, disrupting infrastructure, rerouting waterways, and wreaking havoc on the environment. They often occur as the result of heavy rains, but can also be activated by natural disasters such as earthquakes or volcanic eruptions and they become more likely when vegetation has been destroyed on hillsides and slopes by wildfires or human modification. Landslides into or under large bodies of water can also result in tsunamis. Learn more regarding this type of disaster including lessons learned, historic mapping, predictive modeling and emergency planning.

Photo credit: Mark Reid/USGS

Atlantic Hurricane Season Began June 1

hurricane seasonWhat does 2014 have in store for the 6-month hurricane season that began June 1? With an El Nino system setting up in the Pacific, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is forecasting lighter hurricane activity in the Atlantic this season. However it takes just one storm the size of Hurricane Katrina or Superstorm Sandy to create a widespread and multifaceted disaster. Make plans now to be ready for whatever nature brings on shore.

Photo credit: NOAA

Wearable, Portable and Augmented Reality Technology

google glassCan wearing a computer or relying on an app add value and safety in the field, or does it get in the way of intuition and situational awareness? Will the cost and training of using these technologies outweigh the benefits? Will use by different agencies working together be sporadic, increasing communication problems or efficiently provide more information to all involved? The following resources provide valuable insights regarding the challenges and benefits of some of the latest on-the-spot technology currently being used by homeland security professionals:

Photo credit: Creative Commons

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Homeland Security Commemorations and Anniversaries

As winter moves into spring, there are several commemorations and anniversaries of significant homeland security events. Featured below are select incidents affecting the U.S., accompanied by pertinent HSDL documents. For the full list, visit the Upcoming Homeland Security Events calendar.


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