January 9, 2018

Under a new contract with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Dayton, Ohio-based Woolpert will provide emergency engineering and architecture resources in support of the agency's disaster relief efforts. Woolpert was award part of a $610 million, five-year, indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity vehicle and will work with Serco, Inc. The company will examine public infrastructure over a 17-state region, evaulating and assessing damage and needed repairs to public infrastructure in regions declared a natural disaster or emergency by the U.S. President. The contract divides its assistance to governmental entities, tribes and nonprofit organizations into three zones.

December 1, 2017
By Maryann Lawlor
Personnel with the Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency provide emergency coordination, response and recovery services for people affected by Hurricane Irma. U.S. military and civilian organizations supported the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and local authorities in disaster-relief efforts.

Even before weather reports start rolling in, U.S. Coast Guard and Department of Homeland Security communicators prepare for the search, rescue and recovery missions they will face when a hurricane hits. But the winds of this hurricane season blew some nasty currents their way. Harvey, Irma and Maria not only were record-breaking hurricanes but also left little time for recuperation from one event to the next.

June 22, 2016
By George I. Seffers

Cloud computing, mobile devices and apps and automation are some of the top technologies that will affect the future of homeland security, according to a panel of technology officers at the 2016 AFCEA Homeland Security Conference in Washington, D.C.

“If you talk about technologies we’re really leaning on today, of course it’s the usual suspects. We really do need to make better use of virtualized infrastructure, i.e. cloud technologies and services,” said Michael Hermus, chief technology officer, Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

May 16, 2016
FEMA has awarded the Contingency Satellite Services Project contract to UltiSat Inc.

UltiSat Inc., Gaitherburg, Maryland, announced it has been awarded the Contingency Satellite Services Project by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). This task order is part of the Future COMSATCOM Services Acquisition-Custom Solutions 2-Small Business (FCSA-CS2SB) contract. UltiSat will provide FEMA with satellite services to support operational communications requirements for response and recovery missions. This support will be provided through an always-on network that will be utilized for training, testing and operations responses. This network will also have the ability to surge and increase in size as necessary in terms of bandwidth, data rates and geographic coverage.

December 27, 2013
By Maryann Lawlor

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has joined the UN and the White House in establishing a Thunderclap account. The agency’s goal is to encourage citizens to be prepared for emergencies. Thunderclap syncs social media accounts to release an automatic Facebook post, tweet or both. By signing up and using #Prepared2014 throughout 2014, friends and followers will be reminded to be ready for natural disasters and man-made emergencies throughout the year.

November 9, 2012
George I. Seffers


February 21, 2012

The Federal Emergency Management Agency, part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, is looking for the next members of its National Advisory Council (NAC). The NAC provides external guidance on issues ranging from terrorist response to federal preparedness. The agency is seeking applications and nominations from qualified individuals in both the public and private sectors in emergency management, emergency response and cybersecurity. In addition, FEMA is seeking applications from state and local elected officials. Deadline for applications is Friday, March 9, 2012. More information is available online.

January 20, 2012

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Basic Training Participant Manual now is available in Braille and PDF screen reader versions. They contain the same nine units of the course and 13 hazard annexes as the other versions. The screen-reader format can be accessed online.

August 26, 2011
By Beverly Schaeffer

Little did Defense Editor Max Cacas know when he wrote his article, "Army Post Develops Disaster Management Strategies" in this issue of SIGNAL Magazine, that a U.S. Army post-and indeed, the entire mid-Atlantic region stretching from Canada to as far south as Georgia-would be put to the test with a 5.8-magnitude earthquake. The shocking temblor on August 23 served to highlight preparedness operations already taking place at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, and how those actions can benefit the community and the nation.

July 19, 2010
By Henry Kenyon

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has appointed Kenneth Dean Murphy as FEMA regional administrator for Region X, which encompasses Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington.