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Voice and Data Interoperability –Initiatives and Emerging Standards Multiple organizations are working with several federal entities in a coordinated effort to accomplish at least a mid level of interoperability through the use of middleware. Bill Lent tells us more. Click HERE>>
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CDC Says States Are Better Prepared for Health Disasters
Health officials say states and cities are more prepared than ever to deal with pandemics, bioterrorism and other health crises – but there are still challenges ahead. Click HERE>>

Maryland County Abolishes Homeland Security
In the wake of 9/11, cities, states and counties across the country formed their own homeland security divisions. Now one Maryland county is abolishing its department. Click HERE>>

Emergency Crews Not Immune from the Flu
It’s an old problem: Who responds to the first responders? Crews in Knoxville are working on the answer as more workers than usual have been hit by the flu this year. Click HERE>>

TSA Security Officer Joins Contractor Under Investigation for Security Lapses
Is the TSA’s chief information security officer leaving her post to take a job with a contractor currently under investigation for security lapses? Click HERE>>

FEMA “Misdirected” $13 Million in Disaster Aid, Probe Says
Did FEMA make $13 million from selling used trailers and buy new SUVs and GPS systems? The DHS’s inspector general says it did. Click HERE>>

Federal Agencies Still Lax on Identity Protection, GAO Study Finds
It’s been almost two years since a federal agency was embarrassed after putting personal information at risk, but most agencies still aren’t doing enough to protect data. Click HERE>>

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National Hurricane Conference March 31 - April 4: Orlando, FL
Since its inception in 1979, the primary goal of the National Hurricane Conference has been to improve hurricane preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation in order to save lives and property in the United States and the tropical islands of the Caribbean and Pacific. In addition, the conference serves as a national forum for federal, state and local officials to exchange ideas and recommend new policies to improve Emergency Management. Click HERE>>

R&A Crisis Management Services Offers a Free Webinar on Securing Reputation
Des Plaines, IL – Crises can ruin an upstanding reputation if the enterprise is not prepared to deal appropriately with the incident. This webinar, to be be held on March 18, from 12 – 1 pm CST, will explain why crisis communications should be part of the business resiliency program, and provide tips on what you can do before, during and after an incident to help ensure your enterprise will come out smelling like a rose. Ask questions and get answers! Click HERE>>

Avalution Consulting’s Partner Participation in the Gartner BC Mgmt Summit
Cleveland, OH – Avalution Consulting has announced that the firm will participate as a partner in the Gartner Business Continuity Management Summit to be held March 5-7 in Chicago. The summit will focus on the key trends, best practices, technologies and services needed to develop and implement a risk-based strategy and framework for ensuring an organization's recovery from various types of business and IT disasters and interruptions. Click HERE>>

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