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  • NIH announces National Biosafety Stewardship Month

    2 Sep 2014 | 11:30 am

    NIH announces National Biosafety Stewardship Month The National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced on Wednesday that September will be known as National Biosafety Stewardship Month. The NIH said that recent lapses of biosafety involving federal laboratories underscore the importance of continuing vigilance over biosafety practices. The … Read More »

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  • NIH launching human testing of investigational Ebola vaccine

    2 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am

    NIH launching human testing of investigational Ebola vaccine The National Institutes of Health (NIH) said on Thursday that initial human testing of an investigational Ebola virus vaccine will begin next week by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). The vaccine, which was co-developed by NIAID … Read More »

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  • IAEM updates program for annual conference

    2 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am

    IAEM updates program for annual conference The International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) recently updated the program for the 62nd annual IAEM-USA 2014 Annual Conference. The conference, which will take place on November 14-21, seeks to provide a forum to discuss current topics and trends, share … Read More »

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  • Argon Electronics releases CBRN training white paper

    2 Sep 2014 | 9:30 am

    Argon Electronics releases CBRN training white paper CBRN and hazmat training systems company Argon Electronics released a white paper on Thursday that offers tips for emergency services and first responders on how to provide better CBRN training. The company said the paper, called How to Enhance Training … Read More »

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  • DTRA Director Kenneth Myers attends bio lab ribbon cutting in Kazakhstan

    2 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am

    DTRA Director Kenneth Myers attends bio lab ribbon cutting in Kazakhstan Kenneth Myers, the director of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), attended a ribbon cutting on Wednesday for a Biological Safety Level Three Laboratory in Otar, Kazakhstan. John Ordway, the U.S. ambassador to Kazakhstan, joined Myers at the ceremony opening … Read More »

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  • Inter-Tribal Council of California Member Brown trains at CDP

    2 Sep 2014 | 8:30 am

    Inter-Tribal Council of California Member Brown trains at CDP Belinda Brown, a member of the Inter-Tribal Council of California, recently visited FEMA’s Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) to attend the Healthcare Leadership for Mass Casualty Incidents course. Brown, an enrolled member of the Pit River Tribe, helps facilitate training … Read More »

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  • West Virginia health department urges public to be prepared for emergencies

    2 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am

    West Virginia health department urges public to be prepared for emergencies The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources Center for Threat Preparedness urged the public on Thursday to plan for health threats by putting together a personal preparedness kit. Letitia Tierney, the commissioner of the West Virginia Bureau for … Read More »

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  • CDC releases ebola management guidelines for first responders

    29 Aug 2014 | 11:30 am

    CDC releases ebola management guidelines for first responders The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released interim guidelines on Tuesday for first responders and managers of 911 Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) to manage patients known or suspected to have the Ebola virus. The CDC said that managers … Read More »

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  • Research investigates possible improvements to Emergency Wireless Alerts system

    29 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am

    Research investigates possible improvements to Emergency Wireless Alerts system TeleCommunication Systems, Inc., recently released a research report on using radio frequency coverage area footprints to improve accurate delivery of emergency messages and geotargeting granularity through the Emergency Wireless Alerts (WEA) system. The Department of Homeland Security‚Äôs Science and Technology … Read More »

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  • Missouri tests mass fatality disaster response

    29 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am

    Missouri tests mass fatality disaster response The Missouri State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) recently trained and tested a new state capability to respond to mass fatality disasters. SEMA tested its integrated mass fatality management capability during an exercise scenario on May 8-11. The situation involved a … Read More »

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  • FEMA seeks supervisory program specialist

    29 Aug 2014 | 9:30 am

    FEMA seeks supervisory program specialist The Federal Emergency Management Agency is looking to hire a supervisory program specialist. The salary for the position, which will be based out of Washington, D.C., ranges from $124,995 to $157,100 per year. If hired, the supervisory program specialist will … Read More »

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  • DARPA awards two biological technologies contracts

    29 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am

    DARPA awards two biological technologies contracts The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) announced on Aug. 19 that it awarded Open Source Robotics Foundation, Inc., and Roboti, LLC., with contracts to develop leading edge approaches intersecting biology and technology. Open Source Robotics Foundation was awarded approximately … Read More »

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  • WHO notified of EVD outbreak in DRC

    29 Aug 2014 | 8:30 am

    WHO notified of EVD outbreak in DRC The World Health Organization announced on Wednesday that it was recently informed of an outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in Equateur Province. The index case occurred in a pregnant woman who butchered a … Read More »

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  • DoD plays important role in response to disasters

    29 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am

    DoD plays important role in response to disasters The U.S. Department of Defense plays a key role in the national response to emergencies, Todd Rosenblum, the acting assistant secretary of defense for homeland defense and Americas’ security affairs said on Tuesday. Rosenblum said that DoD personnel must be … Read More »

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  • Bavarian Nordic announces two contracts for smallpox vaccine

    28 Aug 2014 | 11:30 am

    Bavarian Nordic announces two contracts for smallpox vaccine Bavarian Nordic announced on Tuesday that it signed two contracts with Canadian authorities for 65,700 doses of its IMVAMUNE smallpox vaccine. The IMVAMUNE doses, which will arrive this year and in 2015, will bring the total number of doses in … Read More »

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