Archives: September, 2008

Doug Bedell — September 26, 2008, 7:00 am

Websites for Security/Emergency Management Training

Whether emergency management and homeland security belong under the same roof, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), says Government Technology, has done a good job of bringing together the training offerings available in the two fields. They truly are worth checking out on FEMA’s training website.  Two other training websites are the Homeland Security and […]

Doug Bedell — September 23, 2008, 1:28 pm

Inland Port Security Needs Attention

Trying to protect equally against all possible security threats across the nation may not be doable, but it certainly makes little sense to neglect security at inland ports.  SecurityInfoWatch reports on a warning that was given at the recent ASIS trade show not to overlook security procedures at smaller ports. Laurie Thomas, of the University of […]

Doug Bedell — September 19, 2008, 12:34 pm

Water Utilities Assessing their Security Standings

The nation’s water utilities have taken the lead in national infrastructure security planning. This is collaboraiton with a truly vigilant purpose.  The water sector, advises Government Security, is becoming the first of the country’s “critical infrastructure and key resource sectors to develop a metric and launch a tool to guage security progress under the National […]

Doug Bedell — September 17, 2008, 8:25 am

Fooling GPS Systems to Waylay Trucks

Truckdrivers, like everyone else, need to know where they are going, only moreso. It may not be a great idea for truckers with sensitive loads to rely on GPS systems for directions. Bruce Schneier passes along an account of how fake GPS signals can be transmitted from nearby vehicles to waylay a truck using GPS. […]

Doug Bedell — September 15, 2008, 11:27 am

‘Lurking’ a Security Technique for Transportation – and Elsewhere

Federal authorities are taking what might be termed a “lurking” approach to aviation security. It may have application for earthbound security needs as well. It amounts to keeping terrorists guessing – and fearful – about whether they can be confronted with live opposition. The Federal Air Marshal Service (FAMS) has increased the number of marshals […]

Doug Bedell — September 12, 2008, 6:31 am

Check Out This ‘Fully Loaded’ SUV

Here’s how the U.S. Army is decking out its emergency response vehicles. We pass this along, not to provoke Army-envy, but to indicate what’s electronically possible these days with mobile emergency communications in an SUV. This Chevy Suburban is operated by the Army North, the command that responds to civil disasters. In this case, it […]

Doug Bedell — September 4, 2008, 9:03 am

Illinois Requiring Emergency Response Plans at Colleges

A place to watch the evolving standards for security procedures at schools and colleges is Illinois, where Governor Rod Blagojevich has signed the Campus Security Enhancement Act. The Illinois law goes into effect Jan. 1, 2009, and requires Illinois universities to have emergency response plans. Illinois becomes the first state to require colleges to develop […]

Doug Bedell — September 2, 2008, 11:36 am

Social Media a Great Pipeline in Emergencies

For the potential and presence of social media in emergencies and disasters, check out David Stephenson’s blog on homeland security. He introduces us to two information streams on Hurricane Gustav – Gustavfeed and Gustav Info Center Gustavfeed was created on Twitter and Gustav Info Center on Ning, two social media sites making possible the quick, […]