Search and rescue roaches? North Carolina State University researchers have developed technology that allows cyborg cockroaches, or biobots, to pick up sounds with small microphones and seek out the source of the sound. This fascinating technology is intended for application in disaster response operations. NCSU press release.
The Town of Methuen (MA) Has installed an “Active Shooter” detection in one of its schools. The system was tested in an exercise on November 11, 2014, a school holiday, and has garnered national attention: “Methuen Demos ‘Active Shooter’ System” (WBUR), “Massachusetts school deploys ‘shooter detection system'” (Reuters), Methuen School Demos ‘Active Shooter’ System (CBS and Associated Press)
Two slide sets on Ebola now available at the bottom of this PHE.Gov site, including Ebola 101 – CDC Slides for U.S. Healthcare Workers.
Regroup published 4 free webinar recordings covering best practices in many critical areas, including how to prepare for an active shooter event, severe weather preparedness and emergency communications.
Also available online is Regroup’s 2013 Active Shooter Report.
Every two weeks, the Homeland Security Digital Library identifies a targeted collection of recently-released documents of particular interest or potential importance.
The 2014 edition of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Hospital Evacuation Toolkit is available online here. This resource was developed by the Harvard School of Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Exercise Program in collaboration with the MDPH Office of Preparedness and Emergency Management.
The International Society for Infectious Diseases is offering travel grants to individuals attending the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Ebola safety training courses being held in Anniston, Alabama. Licensed clinicians that have been admitted to the class and have plans to deploy to West Africa are eligible. Grants will be accepted on a rolling basis and distributed until funds are depleted. For more information and to apply for funds, visit the following links:
ISID travel grant application page
CDC training course information page
Deadline: Open until funds are depleted
In this article, Kevin McCaney of DefenseSystems.com discusses how the Army is providing a communications backbone for Ebola response organizations.