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Saturday, February 27th, 2021

FEMA, Pennsylvania conduct mass care exercise

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region III recently conducted an exercise in Central Pennsylvania to test the state’s ability to provide mass care services during a winter storm event leading to power outages and flooding. The Mass Care Tabletop Exercise was held with the... Read More »

Air Force effort bolsters cyber weapon systems

The Air Force has launched an initiative designed to streamline its cyber weapon systems tools. Sixteenth Air Force personnel, also known as Air Forces Cyber, said the 12N12 project, which launched July 1, seeks to replace, reduce and consolidate the tools, systems and applications operators and... Read More »

Challenge targets disaster response, resilience

Three agencies within the Department of Commerce have initiated a $1 million initiative they said is designed to accelerate disaster response and resilience technology. The Economic Development Administration (EDA), in collaboration with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)... Read More »

GAO issues new disaster resilience guidelines

Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued last week new disaster resilience guidelines to help entities refine responses to the growing threat posed by natural disasters. Disaster Resilience Framework: Principles for Analyzing Federal Efforts to Facilitate and Promote Resilience to Natural... Read More »

Bill targets DHS immigration enforcement concerns

A group of Democratic senators introduced a bill last week that addresses southwest border challenges while improving Department of Homeland Security (DHS) border community engagement. Sens. Ron Wyden (D-OR), Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Tom Udall (D-NM) joined colleagues in supporting the Homeland... Read More »

Senators ask for security assessment of Chinese platforms

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) have requested the intelligence community conduct an assessment of the potential national security risks from China-owned content platforms operating in the United States. The formal request was sent to Acting Director... Read More »

Los Alamos National Lab wins CDC’s FluSight Challenge

Researchers at the Los Alamos National Laboratory won the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s FluSight Challenge by providing the most accurate state, national, and regional flu forecasts in 2018. The lab beat out 23 other teams with its probabilistic artificial intelligence computer... Read More »

Few countries prepared for global disease outbreaks

Countries are not prepared for the possible international spread of new or emerging pathogens or for the deliberate or accidental release of dangerous agents, according to a new index that assesses the capabilities of 195 nations. The Global Health Security Index is a joint project by the... Read More »

Senate bill seeks to reduce mass shootings

A group of Senate Republicans recently introduced the Restoring, Enhancing, Strengthening, and Promoting Our Nation’s Safety Efforts (RESPONSE) Act, which would provide law enforcement with new tools, expand resources for mental health treatment and boost school safety. Law enforcement would... Read More »

Senate bill would thwart prescription drug diversion

Legislation that would prevent drug diversion in real-time was introduced in the Senate this week by Sens. Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Chris Coons (D-DE). The Suspicious Order Identification Act of 2019 to enhance oversight related to prescription drug diversion. Currently, law enforcement or other... Read More »