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Tennessee City Makes Response a Multi-Agency Effort
What city is more prepared for a major disaster than any other community in the United States? Oak Ridge, Tennessee, says its mayor. To find out why, Click HERE>>

The Democratic Convention This Week: How Secure?
Security is tight in Boston this week at the Democratic National Convention, but are organizers overlooking one key area? A security expert says they are. Click HERE>>

Firms Form Disaster Response Network
A group of corporations are joining forces to create a new disaster response network that will offer public safety officials the materials and services they will need if disaster strikes. Can you learn from their example? Click HERE>>

Congress Approves Delay on Biometric Passports
Biometric passports that match a person's unique physical characteristics with his or her travel documents won't be a reality this fall, as Congress delays the deadline for countries to issue these passports. Why the delay? Click HERE>>

West Virginia Tops List For Disaster Assistance Payouts
West Virginia has the dubious distinction of being the state to receive the most federal funding for disaster assistance this year. Click HERE>>

Are Your Employees Jeopardizing Your Security?
Do you think sophisticated software is enough to protect you from outside attack? Think again. Security experts agree: people - your people - are the weakest security link. Click HERE>>

 

Business Continuity Workshop - Participants learn best practices for designing a comprehensive, enterprise-wide BC Plan. Two instructors employ lecture and video clips to deliver an energetic, content-rich agenda. Click HERE>>

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2004 National Earthquake Conference
Sept. 26-30, 2004. Hear about successful risk management practices. Connect earthquakes and DHS. Discover new solutions to earthquake preparedness and mitigation.
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“Share the Wealth”…Industry Organizations Update
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A DHS Update from the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM)
IAEM participated in a conference call with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Office of State & Local Government Coordination and Preparedness. Updates include:
National Preparedness Month - Kristen Gossel, (202) 282-8010, DHS has been working with a coalition including the Department of Education, National Association of Broadcasters, and many other grassroots organizations to promote citizen emergency preparedness in their communities. Secretary Ridge has asked all governors to likewise conduct preparedness events such as town hall meetings, www.ready.gov links, host Citizens Corp chapters, etc.
Registered Traveler Program - Justin Oberman, TSA, Credentialing Program Office. In response to air carriers' request for assistance in expediting frequent travelers who do not pose a threat, the U.S. Transportation Safety Administration launched this program. It was launched with Northwest Air in Minneapolis a few weeks ago and other current participants include United Airlines in Los Angeles, Continental in Houston, and American Airlines in Washington, DC and Boston. Travelers are invited to submit to a background check, get finger-printed and iris-scanned.
National Incident Management System Integration Center (NIMS IC) - Gil Jamieson, Homeland Security Presidential Directive #5 directed that NIMS be established. Secretary Ridge published the document in March, 2004 which is available at http://www.fema.gov/nims/. It provides a framework by which we will organize our responses, based on the Incident Command System and establishes common terminology and consistent standards for training and response using the location foundation as building blocks, and scaling the response as appropriate. The NIMS IC ensures the successful implementation of the NIMS concept. There are liaisons of all DHS elements invested in the IC. Secretary Ridge expects the IC will be the driving force behind the NIMS roll-out. There are a standards and resource branch, resource typing, training and exercise, and research and technology. Also on the web site is a Q&A section and NIMS Awareness Training.
New DHS Director of Public Safety Coordination - Christy McCampbell has been appointed the new director of public safety coordination in the DHS State and Local Government Coordination Office. She will liaison with first response organizations.

INDUSTRY VETERAN D'ARCY JOINS MESSAGEONE AS VP OF MARKETING
Austin, Texas, July 23, 2004 - MessageOne (www.messageone.com), the leading provider of affordable business continuity, disaster recovery, and crisis communications solutions for enterprise organizations, today announced that Paul J. D'Arcy has joined the company as Vice President of Marketing.

With more than 10 years of technology marketing experience, D'Arcy joins MessageOne from Austin-based Troux Technologies, a venture-backed provider of IT Governance software to the Fortune 1000, where he served as Director of Marketing with responsibility for corporate marketing, analyst relations, and inside sales. Prior to Troux, D'Arcy held marketing management and product management positions with Perceptant Software, Trilogy Software, and Apple Computer. He holds an MBA from Harvard University and a BA from Wesleyan University.

With the addition of Paul D'Arcy, current MessageOne Vice President of Marketing, Mike Rosenfelt has been promoted to the role of Executive Vice President. In addition, Mr. Rosenfelt has been named to the MessageOne Board of Directors .


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