NEWS UPDATE:Chemical Corps tests new equipment(Army.mil)Soldiers at Fort Hood field-tested the newest equipment for chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear reconnaissance during an exercise Feb. 28 - March 4. The new M1135 NBC Reconnaissance Vehicle, a Stryker-platform vehicle capable of detecting and identifying chemi¬cal, biological, radiological and nuclear, commonly referred to as CBRN, hazards, was used by Soldier of the 181st CBRN Company.They also field-tested the new Dismounted Reconnaissance Sets, Kits and Outfits, or DRSKO. Outwardly the modular DRSKO looks like an unmarked storage container. But equipment inside allows Soldiers to detect and identify CBRN hazards as well as toxic industrial chemicals and materials. It also contains a variety of protective suits and equip¬ment for decontamination, sample collection, marking contaminated areas, and hazard reporting.“The equipment we have is an extreme improvement over what’s been around in the past,” said 1st Lt. Jaciel Guerrero, the 3rd Platoon leader, 181st CBRN Company. “Not only do we have the capabilities to detect conventional weapons of mass destruction, normal chemical agents, biological, radiological and nuclear agents, but now we can detect a lot of the industrial chemicals and industrial materials you may find anywhere, no matter what country or what region you’re in.”Senators question U.S. preparedness in wake of Japan’s crisis(Government Executive)Members of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on March 17 questioned which federal agency and individ¬ual within the federal government would take the lead in responding to a catastrophe like the one gripping Japan. FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate said that the response would depend on several factors, such as where the disaster occurred and whether local first responders survived. Overall, Fugate said, FEMA has made “significant progress” in preparing to deal with a catastrophe, but “we have much work to be done.” But FEMA does not yet have an adequate system to assess available due to quake-induced fires at large oil refineries and the ab¬sence — or precarious condition — of the electrical grid. Six refiner¬ies were shut down after the quake. The loss of roughly 25 percent of electric capacity — including that at the Fukushima nuclear plants — will be difficult to restore in the near-term. Further, while the highway and other transportation systems by-and-large did not collapse, they did suffer enough damage to seriously complicate resupply efforts. As a result, in the Tohoku region most impacted, at least 500,000 evacuees and up to six million survivors have been left largely to what¬ever happened to be at hand.On March 15, the Japanese Department of Social Services actu¬ally ordered a “pause” in resupply to the Northeast because the DSS was not sure the supply was going to the right places and it did not have “precise information” or a “holistic picture.” As a US colleague remarked, “leadership craving better situational awareness is the universal problem.”On March 17, the President of the largest Japanese business associa¬tion is quoted as saying, ”Though companies are trying to send relief supplies, they cannot secure fuel for returning,” stressing that gasoline stations along expressways and supply roads are in need of swift sup¬plies of gasoline.What is now beginning to happen across Fukushima Prefecture and the Kanto region (Metropolitan Tokyo) is an emerging exodus south¬west. The fear of radiation, lack of essential supplies, and doubt that conditions will improve anytime soon is unfolding farther and deeper… physically, socially, psychologically.First-Ever National EAS Test Will Come From the White House(Emergency Management Magazine)For the first time, the White House will take over the nation’s airwaves to speak to the American public through the Emergency Alert System (EAS). The FCC recently ordered all participants in the EAS to take part in a national test later this year. While state and local officials throughout the na¬tion regularly use the EAS, a president has never used it — not even for a test. FEMA Assistant Administrator Damon Penn recently told broadcasters that “we have to show the courage to have a test so we know what works and doesn’t work.” Exact timing of the test currently is unknown.
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