Tagged: preparedness

National Preparedness: Where Do We Stand? FEMA Releases Annual Report

This month, FEMA released the third annual iteration of its “National Preparedness Report.” From the FEMA site and Executive Summary: “Required annually by Presidential Policy Directive 8: National Preparedness, the National Preparedness Report summarizes progress in building, sustaining, and delivering the 31 core capabilities described in the National Preparedness Goal...

As Hurricane Season Approaches, the EIA Goes Mobile

In a press release issued this Tuesday, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) announced that its online tools will be accessible on mobile devices just in time for the 2014 hurricane season. The EIA has made available its U.S. Energy Mapping System and Energy Disruptions tools that will allow the...

Chemical Facility Safety and Security: A Shared Commitment

In August 2013, the Obama Administration issued Executive Order (EO) 13650: “Improving Chemical Facility Safety and Security” that aims to “improve the safety and security of chemical facilities and reduce the risks of hazardous chemicals to facility workers and operators, communities, and responders.” To identify the ways in which improvements...

US Cybercrime: On the Rise

Together with the United States Secret Service, CSO magazine, and the CERT Division of the Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon University the PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers) published the “2014 US State of Cybercrime Survey“, an annual survey of cybercrime trends. This study reveals that cybercrime is on the rise and most...

Public Feedback Following the Purdue University Shooting: Lessons-Learned and Plans for the Future

On January 21, 2014, Purdue University student Andrew Boldt was fatally shot on the school’s West Lafayette campus by fellow student and teaching assistant, Cody Cousins. In response to the shooting, Purdue officials convened an ad hoc panel to evaluate and analyze feedback received from the public following the event....

Building a More Secure LAX: How the 2013 Active Shooter Incident Shaped the Future of Public Safety

Yesterday, March 18, 2014, The Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) Officials released a report on the response and recovery efforts following the November 1, 2013 active shooter incident at the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). This 83 page document analyzes the 26 areas of the emergency response and recovery efforts...

New Budget, Old Ideas: DoD Releases 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review

Today in Washington, The Secretary of Defense, in conjunction with the President’s FY2015 Budget Proposal, released the 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR).  Current legislation (USC 10, Sec. 118 (a)) mandates that the QDR “outlines the strategic direction of the Department and establishes priorities to determine appropriate resource investments.” The 2014...

Benghazi Investigation Update: House Armed Services Committee Reports Six Key Findings

Yesterday, February 10, 2014, the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations of the House Armed Services Committee released the “Majority Interim Report: Benghazi Investigation Update.” To view the committee’s Press Release, click here. Immediately after the terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012, the Committee on Armed Services began...

Security Heats Up as the Olympic Torch Nears Sochi: Is Russia Doing Enough To Freeze Terrorism at the 2014 Winter Games?

The Olympic Games have historically been a target for terrorist attacks. Since 1972, 16 of the countries to host the Olympics experienced terrorist attacks in the year or months approaching the Games. With the international presence and heightened media coverage, the Olympics provides a stage that few malicious actors can...

Putting Out the Mystery of Fire Incident Causes: NASFM Gives Fire Incident Reporting a Facelift

The National Association of State Fire Marshals (NASFM) Fire Research and Education Foundation has released a report focusing on these burning questions: why do so many fire incident causes remain undetermined, and how can they improve the system of reporting? The report is called “Conquering the ‘Unknowns’: Research and Recommendations...