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DHS S&T competition awards 2 companies for tech proposals to track first responders indoors

The Homeland Security Department's Science and Technology Directorate announced that the Vreeland Institute and Certa Cito have won a prize competition around developing new technologies to track first responders inside buildings.

DHS awards final, $834M contract to complete advanced bio and agro facility

It's the third and final phase of construction of the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility, expected to cost a total of $1.25 billion. Construction is supposed to finished in 2020 with the facility becoming fully operational two years later.

House subcommittee OKs bill aimed at improving interoperable first responder communications

The State Wide Interoperable Communications Enhancement Act would require states to coordinate activities related to interoperability communications policies that are coordinated through an individual or group.

Fed document aims to help US communities at risk from rail transport of crude oil

The Public Intelligence blog, which posted the document on its website May 4, obtained it from the official site of Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), who has long campaigned for better national standards for the rail transport of crude oil.

NASA, DHS technology leads to rescue of 4 men trapped in Nepal earthquake debris

Advanced technology, called Finding Individuals for Disaster and Emergency Response, or FINDER, can detect heartbeats of people and was jointly developed by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and DHS's Science and Technology Directorate.

NOAA reports average global carbon dioxide in atmosphere hits major milestone

NOAA first reported 400 ppm when all of its Arctic sites reached that level in spring of 2012. The following year, the agency's Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii exceeded that mark.

GAO: States may have to rethink funding approaches as disasters become more common, costly

The Government Accountability Office didn't provide any recommendations in its report, but made several observations based on a review of 10 selected states.

NIST releases draft guide to help communities better plan for, recover from, disasters

Over the last four years, there have been 42 extreme weather events "that caused at least $1 billion in damage, for a total cost of about $227 billion and 1,286 lives lost."

Former senator says he was 'discouraged' by government response to U.S. Ebola cases

Although the position of assistant secretary for preparedness and response has been established to coordinate these types of scenarios, Jim Talent said he didn't see that person during this Ebola event.

Feds plan to improve resilience of four regions around US to impacts from climate change

The Interior Department, Environmental Protection Agency and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said the goal is to ensure that long-term conservation efforts in the selected areas in southwest Florida, Hawaii, Washington state and the Great Lakes region take climate change into account.