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    Emergency Management and Homeland Security

    Articles of Interest 1-25-08

    (The articles, reports and additional information contained in this edition were collected from 1-18

    to 1-25)

I still believe that one day mankind will bow before the altars of God and

    be crowned triumphant over war and bloodshed, and nonviolent

    redemptive goodwill will proclaim the rule of the land. Most of these

    people will never make the headlines and their names will not appear in

    Who's Who. Yet when years have rolled past and when the blazing light of

    truth is focused on this marvelous age in which we live -- men and women

    will know and children will be taught that we have a finer land, a better

    people, a more noble civilization -- because these humble children of God

    were willing to suffer for righteousness' sake.

    Martin Luther King Jr.

    U.S. News Reports

    Emergency Management and Homeland Security

Lawmakers criticize immigration backup

    http://www.nj.com/newsflash/washington/index.ssf?/base/politics-

    14/1200608440245490.xml&storylist=washington

Joliet emergency director dies (Illinois)

    http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/heraldnews/news/746914,4_1_JO18_BOTTINO_S1.articl

    e

FEMA awards firefighters grants to Fla. cities, counties

    http://www.miamiherald.com/775/story/384832.html

It's FEMA to the rescue? OEM brief officials on recovery funds (Oregon)

    http://www.currycountyreporter.com/news/story.cfm?story_no=3259

Chertoff to critics of border rules: 'Grow up'

    http://www.govexec.com/story_page.cfm?articleid=39068&sid=60

CIA official: North American power company systems hacked

    http://www.govexec.com/story_page.cfm?articleid=39081&sid=60

Ridge: Fighting terror takes 'People plus technology'

    http://www.govexec.com/story_page.cfm?articleid=39075&sid=60

DHS preparing HSIN's 'next generation'

    http://www.fcw.com/online/news/151372-1.html?topic=homeland_security

Former Homeland Security chief renounces water boarding

    http://www.abc15.com/news/national/story.aspx?content_id=8ca6d81d-8b1e-4edd-b1c2-

    a8ccdde22526

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Homeland Security inspector general to review immigration raid

    http://www3.whdh.com/news/articles/local/BO71283/

Experts Challenge Homeland Security Strategy

    http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=18118652&ft=1&f=1003

    Homeland Security Offers „Pre-Written‟ Weather Articles to Media http://www.7dvt.com/2008/homeland-security-offers-pre-written-weather-articles-media#

Bush to seek less drastic cuts in state and local homeland security grants

    http://www.startribune.com/politics/13899726.html

The security badge for the future

    http://www.fcw.com/print/22_2/features/151364-1.html?topic=homeland_security

Emergency Managers Invited to Take Part in BC Management Compensation Benchmarking

    Survey

    http://www.iaem.com/publications/news/news.htm#bcm011908

    Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties to Leverage NC4‟s E Team (Florida) http://www.nc4.us/nc4/documents/Hillsborough_012208_000.pdf

Public Confidence in Education Institutions' Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery

    Capabilities up in 2008

    http://www.govtech.com/em/articles/253293

    Group defines cyber attack prevention rules for nation‟s power grids http://www.networkworld.com/news/2008/011708-ferc-power-grid-reliability-

    standards.html?page=1

Massive Emergency Drill to Take Place in South Carolina

    http://www.emsresponder.com/web/online/Top-EMS-News/Massive-Emergency-Drill-to-Take-

    Place-in-South-Carolina-/1$6863

All together now

    http://americancityandcounty.com/publicsafety/government_together_2/

Do you have a plan? (Florida)

    http://www.miamiherald.com/456/story/388424.html

McCain opposes national cat fund

    http://www.palmbeachpost.com/blogs/content/shared-

    blogs/palmbeach/floridapolitics/entries/2008/01/21/mccain_opposes_national_cat_fu.html?cxntfid

    =blogs_q_the_florida_politics_blog

New ID cards to ease border crossings

    http://www.miamiherald.com/news/broward/story/388448.html

Airports fingerprint foreign travelers

    http://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation/AP/story/389476.html

Snapping Back

    http://www.govexec.com/features/0607-15/0607-15s2.htm

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New Orleans' record on rebuilding firehouses: 0-22 (Louisiana)

    http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/01/24/nola.firehouses/index.html

Report Looks At Pipeline Security (Hillsborough County, FL)

    http://www.tbo.com/news/metro/MGBKW9EBKBF.html

NASA Tsunami Research Improves Warning Systems

    http://www.redorbit.com/news/science/1221268/nasa_tsunami_research_improves_warning_syst

    ems/index.html

DNI McConnell Sheds Light on Cyber Strategy in Interview with New Yorker

    http://www.hlswatch.com/2008/01/15/dni-mcconnell-sheds-light-on-cyber-strategy-in-interview-

    with-new-yorker/

Cybersecurity Plans Subject of Panel Discussion

    http://www.hlswatch.com/2008/01/14/cybersecurity-plans-subject-of-panel-discussion/

Border agent killed by drug smuggling driver, officials say (Arizona)

    http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/01/20/border.agent.killed/index.html

Homeland Security Secretary Chertoff warns of border violence surge

    http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-border23jan23,1,1550150.story?track=rss

EMA Directors clash with head of Guard (Rhode Island)

    http://www.projo.com/news/content/bray_at_ema_01-19-08_0P8LKFR_v103.27a76eb.html

Bucks official mulls state auditor run (Pennsylvania)

    http://www.mcall.com/news/local/all-b3_5sanko.6234935jan19,0,2776605.story?track=rss

CITY EVAC PLAN: FLOTILLA TO JERSEY (New York City, NY)

    http://www.nypost.com/seven/01202008/news/regionalnews/city_evac_plan__flotilla_to_jersey_5

    62647.htm

Riley appoints new EMA director (Alabama)

    http://www.bizjournals.com/birmingham/stories/2008/01/21/daily11.html?ana=from_rss

    Emergency responders tell state officials, „Listen to us‟ (Pennsylvania) http://www.standardspeaker.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=6627&Itemid=2

Roberts unveils Storm Response Plan (Rhode Island)

    http://www.turnto10.com/northeast/jar/news.apx.-content-articles-JAR-2008-01-22-0029.html

State unveils 211 Storm Emergency Number (Massachusetts)

    http://www.thebostonchannel.com/news/15112853/detail.html?rss=bos&psp=news

How the U.S. Government regulates chemicals

    http://www.redorbit.com/news/science/1224935/how_the_us_government_regulates_chemicals/in

    dex.html

Institute of Medicine Recommends Research Priorities for Emergency Preparedness and

    Response

    http://www.iaem.com/publications/news/EMNews.htm

Emergency Management Secretary faces murder charges (Missouri)

    http://www.kfvs12.com/global/story.asp?s=7764493

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Emergency Workers making evacuation survey calls (Santa Rosa County, FL)

    http://www.nwfdailynews.com/article/11514/

Catastrophe Experts Press for Answers from Presidential Hopefuls

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/usnw/20080123/pl_usnw/catastrophe_experts_press_for_answers_from

    _presidential_hopefuls

'Averaging' faces could improve ID card security

    http://technology.newscientist.com/article/dn13222-averaging-faces-could-improve-id-card-

    security.html

Foreigners Keep Out! High Tech Mapping Starts to Redefine International Borders

    http://www.wired.com/science/planetearth/magazine/16-02/mf_continentalshelf

3M honored as storm ready facility (Nevada)

    http://www.nevadadailymail.com/story/1306420.html

NOAA Selects Bill Read as New National Hurricane Center Director

    http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/stories2008/20080125_read.html

Rural towns bundling a blueprint for broadband (Vermont)

    http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080124/NEWS02/801240322/1

    007

CRISIS LEADERSHIP VS. CRISIS MANAGEMENT

    http://securitysolutions.com/fire_life_safety/security_crisis_leadership_vs/

311 Center Launched Amid Qualms (District of Columbia)

    911 System Could Suffer, Official Says

    By David Nakamura

    Washington Post Staff Writer

    Wednesday, January 23, 2008; B01

    District officials launched an expanded 311 call center yesterday aimed at making customer

    service more efficient. But the new system angered a key D.C. Council member who warned that

    it could slow the city's response to emergencies.

    Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) said the 311 number will replace the old 202-727-1000 number that

    people had long used to reach the mayor's call center. Using an easy-to-remember number will

    make it simpler for residents and visitors to get service, whether it's trash pickup or reaching

    government agencies, Fenty said.

    "The reason to do this is for efficiency," Fenty said at a news conference at the city's Unified

    Communications Center, where operators were taking calls. "It's a lot easier to explain and a lot

    easier to manage."

    But council member Phil Mendelson (D-At Large), chairman of the Committee on Public Safety,

    warned that the new system will confuse residents and could create delays in 911 responses.

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    Under the old system, people called the 911 number for police, fire and medical emergencies and they called 311 for police and fire service that required a response but was not an emergency -- say, from a homeowner who wanted to quell a noisy party next door. The mayor's call center handled all other requests.

    Under the new system, anyone needing any kind of police or fire response will call 911 -- emergency or not. The operators will then decide whether the call constitutes an emergency. Mendelson said that could slow response times.

    "It's wrong, it's wrong, it's wrong," Mendelson said. "This confusion is not helping anybody. It's contrary to public safety."

    In fiscal 2007, 986,000 calls were placed to 911; 606,000 to 311; and 930,000 to 202-727-1000, according to city data.

    Fenty administration officials disputed Mendelson's analysis. Under the old system, they said, the same operators received 911 and 311 calls. The difference now is that calls not requiring a police or fire response -- such as residents inquiring about what police precinct they live in -- should go to the mayor's call center, relieving the burden on the police and fire call operators. Janice Quintana, director of the Unified Communications Center, said she expects that 1,000 fewer calls a day will go to the 911 operators after people learn the new system. Fenty said the District is following the lead of other large cities, including Chicago, New York and Los Angeles. San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom (D), who launched a similar hotline last year, joined Fenty at the news conference.

    Newsom said that San Francisco found that 60 percent of the 911 calls were non-emergency. "When we launched the 311 number, there was a substantial reduction of 911 calls," said Newsom, in town for the annual U.S. Conference of Mayors.

    Mendelson will hold an oversight hearing tomorrow on the new system.

Jan. 23, 2008

    House Votes to Phase Out Some Flood Insurance Subsidies

    By Erin McNeill, CQ Staff

    Flood insurance subsidies for certain higher-priced houses would be phased out under a bill passed Wednesday by the House.

    The legislation (HR 3959), passed by voice vote, would apply to primary residences built before 1974, when flood insurance rate maps went into effect and homes already in flood zones began receiving subsidies.

    People who buy the older single-family houses for at least $600,000 would see flood insurance costs rise to market-based rates. The higher rates would be phased in.

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    House Financial Services Chairman Barney Frank, D-Mass., said the bill “advances the legitimate

    concerns of both those interested in saving taxpayer money and those interested in

    environmental protection.” Proponents argue the subsidies encourage development in fragile

    environments subject to flooding.

    Bill sponsor Scott Garrett, R-N.J., said it represents a compromise between those who want to

    leave insurance rates for primary residences alone and those who want the higher rates in place

    immediately.

    Garrett intended to offer the proposal as an amendment to a broad reauthorization of the National Flood Insurance Program (HR 3121), passed by a wide margin Sept. 27, but the Rules

    Committee did not allow its consideration.

    The House bill includes a provision that would phase out subsidies for vacation properties.

    Both chambers are considering measures to put the flood program, which protects about 5.5

    million property owners, on a more sound financial footing. The program had to borrow about

    $17.5 billion from the Treasury to pay claims from the 2005 Gulf Coast hurricanes Katrina, Rita

    and Wilma. The current authorization expires Sept. 30.

    Frank said he intends to treat the subsidy bill as part of the House overhaul proposal in

    deliberations with the Senate.

    The Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee approved reauthorization legislation

    (S 2284) in October, but it has yet to reach the floor.

    Senate Banking Chairman Christopher J. Dodd, D-Conn., said he intends “to do all I can to move

    this legislation to the president‟s desk before the end of the year.”

    But he said at least two senators have indicated they would put holds on the legislation.

    The House bill includes optional wind damage coverage; the Senate bill does not, despite the

    efforts of some Gulf Coast senators. The White House has threatened to veto any bill that

    expands the program to include wind coverage.

Senators Challenge DHS on Border Stops

    Friday, January 25, 2008; A17

    Did Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff put a convenient spin on statistics about

    apprehensions at the U.S.-Canada border in order to support new rules that his department is

    imposing there? Senators who oppose the plan to tighten identification requirements say he did.

    In announcing an end to the "honor system" under which Americans and Canadians can enter the

    United States simply by presenting a driver's license or declaring their citizenship, Chertoff wrote to lawmakers that people had made 1,517 false claims of U.S. citizenship at land crossings in the past three months. That included one man with an outstanding arrest warrant for a homicide

    charge in California.

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    A spokesman for U.S. Customs and Border Protection acknowledged this week, however, that

    only 20 of the recent cases -- and 210 out of 31,060 false claims in the past three years -- occurred at the border with Canada. The other 99 percent came at the Mexican border.

    Sen. Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vt.), one of the recipients of Chertoff's letter, said that "the number along the U.S.-Canadian border is minimal at best," while the economic costs of delays caused by tighter security will be greatest on the northern border.

    "Even one illegal crossing is one too many, but Secretary Chertoff ought to at least level with the public in his justifications for turning a policy inside out," said Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), who also received the letter from the head of the Department of Homeland Security.

    Chertoff's spokeswoman defended the new rule, under which people 19 and older will be asked to present a passport or, when available, an enhanced driver's license or border pass card. Otherwise, both a regular driver's license and a birth certificate or other citizenship document will be required.

    "Clearly, we need to decrease the number of documents that officers need to sift through in order to make admissibility decisions," said DHS spokeswoman Laura Keehner. "Regardless of

    whether people are coming in at the northern or southern borders, this is a known vulnerability that the 9/11 Commission has recommended that we change or close."

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Campus Safety and Security

More bombs from Odyssey Middle detonated today (Florida)

    http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/orange/orl-bk-

    bombs012108,0,4466872.story?coll=orl_tab01_layout

In a crisis your money or your life? (California)

    http://www.dailybruin.com/news/2008/jan/22/em-crisis-your-money-or-your-lifeem/

Text messaging a success (Florida)

    http://insideuf.ufl.edu/2008/01/22/text-msg-success/

Idaho School District Installs Crisis Management System

    http://www.newmeadowsidaho.org/contentDetail.aspx?region=1&ContentID=303334

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Hazard Research and News

Man with gun detained near U.S. Capitol

    http://blogs.usatoday.com/ondeadline/2008/01/report-man-with.html

Levee rules anger Sacramento landowners (California)

    http://www.upi.com/NewsTrack/Top_News/2008/01/16/levee_rules_anger_sacramento_landowne

    rs/9156/

2 tornadoes, storms knock out lights in Orlando area (Florida)

    http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/weather/orl-

    storm2008jan20,0,1060104.story?coll=orl_tab01_layout

White separatists protest in Jena, La.

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080121/ap_on_re_us/jena_six

Ask al Qaeda: Questions for terrorist network posted online

    http://www.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/meast/01/21/ask.alqaeda.ap/index.html

Bin Laden's son to father: Change your ways

    http://www.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/meast/01/21/binladen.son/index.html

Blaze leaves 150 homeless in Mass.

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080122/ap_on_re_us/massachusetts_fire

Dozens of bridge victims prepare to sue (Minnesota)

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080122/ap_on_re_us/bridge_collapse_legal

Convicted terrorism supporter gets 17-year sentence (Florida)

    http://www.cnn.com/2008/CRIME/01/22/padilla.sentence.ap/index.html

Indiana man faces charges in Catalina Island fire (California)

    http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-catalina23jan23,1,4449610.story?coll=la-headlines-

    california

The waters may rise

    http://americancityandcounty.com/publicworks/government_waters_may_rise/

Snow strands hundreds of vehicles north of Los Angeles (California)

    http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/weather/01/24/california.weather/index.html

Deaths by avalanche rise this season

    http://www.usatoday.com/weather/news/2008-01-24-avalanches-snow_N.htm?loc=interstitialskip

Natural disasters taking greater global toll, UN report

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20080118/sc_afp/worlddisastersenvironment_080118213457;_ylt=At

    cvAX0OSviwMYR0vuAxh_jPOrgF

Drought plan opens rifts over fairness (California)

    http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-water20jan20,0,5461319.story?coll=la-home-center

5 dead as planes collide in Calif.

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080121/ap_on_re_us/planes_collide

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