Tagged: safety

New Report on Strengthening the US Response to Foodborne Disease Outbreaks

When Good Food Goes Bad: Strengthening the US Response to Foodborne disease Outbreaks The Center for Biosecurity of University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) has released a new report that highlights foodborne illness and the importance of early detection. The report suggests there is a strong need for the US...

DHS and Super Bowl Security

As Super Bowl XLVI approaches, the question of security inevitably arises. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano was in New Orleans on Wednesday to finalize security preparations for the upcoming Super Bowl. DHS is providing security assistance to local officials. The Washington Post’s ‘Federal Eye’ posed a number...

Now is the Time: The President’s Plan to Protect Our Children and Our Communities by Reducing Gun Violence

The White House released today “Now is the Time: The President’s Plan to Protect Our Children and Our Communities by Reducing Gun Violence”. The report outlines the Obama Administration’s Plan for gun control and includes four key points: 1. “Closing background check loopholes to keep guns out of dangerous hands;...

Reducing Risks of Future Disasters: Priorities for Decision Makers

Reducing Risks of Future Disasters: Priorities for Decision Makers The United Kingdom’s Government Office for Science has released a report entitled, “Reducing Risks of Future Disasters: Priorities for Decision Makers”. From the foreword by Professor Sir John Beddington, Chief Scientific Adviser to Her Majesty’s Government and Head of the Government...

Transportation During and After Hurricane Sandy

The Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management, part of New York University’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, released a report this month examining Hurricane Sandy’s impact on transportation in the New York Region during and after the storm. This storm “demonstrated the strengths and limits of the transportation...

Examining the Effects of Drought on Human Health

The Disaster Information Management Research Center of the National Library of Medicine has made available a new disaster topic page focused on Droughts and Health. The webpage looks primarily at the human health effects of drought conditions as experienced in the United States. “Health effects in the United States have...

Improving Technology to Share Information Between Public Safety Agencies

The report Designing Collaborative Networks: Lessons Learned from Public Safety from the IBM Center for the Business of Government examines the question: “How does an agency effectively contribute to a partnership in the face of existing technological, organizational, or political boundaries?” “Government agencies face increasing internal and external pressure to...

Administration Safety Data Initiative Challenges App Developers

From the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy: “Safety is the number one priority at the US Department of Transportation (DOT), so National Transportation Week is the perfect time for DOT to help launch the Obama Administration’s critical Safety Data Initiative–an historic effort to make government data relating...

Columbine Was 13 Years Ago

On April 20, 1999, Columbine High School made history in an unfortunate manner. Within only 16 minutes, two Columbine High School students, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, killed 13 people and injured 21 more. The gunmen used an assortment of weapons and explosive devices in their attacks. The attack was...