Tagged: safety

National Preparedness Month Blog: U.S. Disaster Preparedness and Resilience: Recommendations for Reform

The Center for Strategic and International Studies, along with the Pennington Family Foundation, has published a new report titled, White Paper on U.S. Disaster Preparedness and Resilience: Recommendations for Reform. According to the report, the United States faces a growing number of natural disasters which present "a variety of challenges...

Rising Cost of Wildfire Protection

Headwaters Economics has released a report on the Rising Cost of Wildfire Protection in the Western United States. The organization, along with Ross W. Gorte formerly of the Congressional Research Service, “produced this report to better understand and address why wildfires are becoming more severe and expensive.” Wildfires are becoming...

May 25th is National Missing Children’s Day

In addition to Memorial Day Weekend the nation will also be honoring National Missing Children’s Day this Saturday, May 25th. Established by President Ronald Reagan in 1983, the Day has been recognized as such every year since. “National Missing Children’s Day is dedicated to help remind parents, guardians, and other...

New Website Offers Public Safety and Emergency Response Apps

The Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International launched the new website Application Community or AppComm. This website is dedicated to public safety and emergency response apps for use by the general public, app developers, and first responders. “AppComm is the single, trusted online forum where public safety professionals, the...

Columbine: 14 Years Later

On April 20, 1999, beginning at approximately 11:19 a.m., seniors Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold set off bombs and fired guns at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado. The massacre has become one of the most infamous mass shootings in United States history. During their rampage, 12 students and one...

New Study Evaluates Effectiveness of Crew Sizes in High-Rise Fires

A new study from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) finds that that firefighting crews of five or six members are significantly faster in putting out fires and completing search-and-rescue operations when responding to fires in high-rise buildings than crews of three or four. This research will greatly...

Texas Public Safety Threat Overview 2013

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) has recently released its Texas Public Safety Threat Overview 2013, a report which examines the threats currently facing the state. According to the report, “Texas faces the full spectrum of threats. The globalization and convergence of crime and terrorism; an unsecure border with...

Anniversary of the Three Mile Island Incident

On March 28, 1979, a partial nuclear meltdown occurred at the Three Mile Island Unit 2 (TMI-2) reactor, near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. It was the most serious accident in U.S. commercial nuclear power plant history, and was given a rating of 5 out of 7 on the International Nuclear Event Scale....

Nuclear Power Plant Safety in the U.S. a “Near-Miss”

The new report “The NRC and Nuclear Power Plant Safety 2012 Report: Tolerating the Intolerable” from the Union of Concerned Scientist is the third annual review of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC) implementation of safety policies in the U.S. nuclear power industry. “According to the report, the NRC’s lax oversight...