By Kathryn Coulter Mitchell, Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Under Secretary for the Science and Technology Directorate
It’s been a matter of weeks since the 2022 hurricane season kicked off, and in that time, we have already seen one named tropical storm.
Experts predict that this will be a busier-than-usual season, which means that getting resources to those on the front lines in our coastal communities, or inland cities and towns potentially in storms’ paths, is of the utmost importance.
At the Science and Technology Directorate (S&T), we make it our mission to arm first responders, emergency managers, businesses, non-government organizations, and others with knowledge, tools, and technologies that will serve them before, during, and after storms come ashore.
We continue to seek out the strongest partnerships and invest in cutting-edge solutions that save time and spur action when every second counts. Here are three recent updates on S&T hurricane-related efforts that are sure to play an important role this season.
Single Automated Business Exchange for Reporting (SABER)
This month, the S&T-funded SABER platform transitioned to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Corporate Citizenship Center. SABER provides users with a means to upload and share real-time data—particularly with government aid entities like FEMA—during an emergency or crisis.
The data, which could include a company’s operational status, obstructions like blocked roads, building damage or power outages, or resources needed to resume normal operations, can effectively help businesses (and, in turn, private citizens) recover and get back on their feet.
As the Chamber mentioned in a recent email announcing the transition, “adding SABER to [their] portfolio of disaster response tools will enhance operational coordination across both public and private sectors.”
The platform has been used in the aftermath of earthquakes, in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, and in previous storms like Hurricane Dorian. We have no doubt it will continue to serve as an invaluable resource under the stewardship of the Chamber Foundation.
Chemical Security Analysis Center (CSAC) Technical Assistance Hotline
Our national lab offers a 24/7 hotline staffed by CSAC chemical security experts who can execute crucial modeling and analysis on a variety of chemical hazards, vulnerabilities, and incidents—including tropical storms, hurricanes, and other severe weather conditions.
(The Chemical Security Analysis Center (CSAC) identifies and assesses chemical threats and vulnerabilities while developing responses to potential chemical hazards. Courtesy of DHS Science and Technology Directorate and YouTube.)
CSAC arms emergency managers and first responders with science-based data that can inform planning and preparedness before a storm hits. For instance, the lab identifies chemical facilities in a storm’s predicted path and analyzes which infrastructure could be particularly susceptible to chemical release resulting from building damage or loss of power.
The data can also inform response efforts, particularly in areas near industrial facilities or where chemicals are transported by road and rail. Learn more about the six vital steps CSAC takes to support preparedness and resiliency in the face of extreme weather.
Post-storm, we’re rethinking how relief is delivered to areas impacted by disasters. During these chaotic times, first responders and civilians need crucial support, and one of the most essential requirements is a stable power supply.
S&T is working alongside the Department of Energy, Army Corps of Engineers, Army Ground Vehicle Systems Center, and Cummins Inc. to design and prototype an innovative emergency response vehicle, known as H2Rescue—a hydrogen fuel cell-powered truck that will serve as a lifeline to responders and community members during response and recovery efforts.
The zero-emission vehicle will soon be able to deliver life-saving medical, food, and water supplies; establish a mobile command center, and generate a significant amount of external power to support field operations.
S&T and the H2Rescue team will demonstrate this cutting-edge technology to FEMA and response agencies in California and Colorado later this year.
We remain committed to ensuring that science and technology in general, and the Science and Technology Directorate especially, have a lasting impact on our nation’s disaster resilience.
Emergency managers and planners across the U.S., we want to hear from you—how are you leveraging science and technology to make your community hurricane-resilient?
Tell us @DHSSciTech on all major social media platforms or CIR_STMCS@hq.dhs.gov.
About the Author
Kathryn Coulter Mitchell was appointed the Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Under Secretary for Science and Technology (S&T) on May 5, 2021.
As the science advisor to the Homeland Security Secretary, Ms. Coulter Mitchell heads the research, development, innovation and testing, and evaluation activities in support of the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) operational Components and first responders across the nation.
Originally posted at www.dhs.gov/science-and-technology/news/2022/06/15/shelter-storms
DHS S&T Recognized with Multiple 2021 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards
American Security Today’s Annual ‘ASTORS’ Awards is the preeminent U.S. Homeland Security Awards Program, and now entering it’s Seventh Year, continues to recognize industry leaders of Physical and Border Security, Cybersecurity, Emergency Preparedness – Management and Response, Law Enforcement, First Responders, as well as federal, state and municipal government agencies in the acknowledgment of their outstanding efforts to Keep our Nation Secure.
DHS Science & Technology (First of Four)
Excellence in Public Safety
The DHS Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) awarded a grant to the National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health (NCDMPH) to develop the school-age trauma training that became First Aid for Severe Trauma (FAST).
FAST is the first national STOP THE BLEED® course designed specifically for high school students and made available through the American Red Cross, thanks to the S&T grant.
While FAST is available for anyone, the course and digital materials are offered at no charge to high school students under the age of 19.
(The FAST education program is based on funding provided by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) to the National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health (NCDMPH). The FAST course and digital materials, developed by the American Red Cross in collaboration with NCDMPH, will be offered at no charge to high school students under the age of 19, thanks to the S&T grant. Courtesy of the DHS Science and Technology Directorate and YouTube.)
DHS Science & Technology (Second of Four)
Excellence in Public Safety
The Wildland fires present a significant threat to the United States, and the DHS Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) is fighting fire with technology.
Wildland Fire Sensor Technology could provide the public with the advanced notice necessary to reduce the loss of life and property while giving communities the information and time necessary to make life-saving evacuations.
(Learn More, courtesy of the DHS Science and Technology Directorate and YouTube.)
DHS Science & Technology (Third of Four)
- Excellence in Homeland Security
In the event of a radiological or nuclear incident, emergency response agencies and HAZMAT teams could utilize this new technology to set up community reception centers to screen members of the public for potential exposure to radioactive contaminants.
Two inventors from the DHS National Urban Security Technology Laboratory (NUSTL) have developed a personal radiation detector (PRD) that could be placed beneath an entry ramp to detect radioactivity on the shoes of people being pre-screened before entering main screening areas.
This innovative and unique new device emits an alarm sound that is both louder than, and distinctive from other alarms, to ensure it can be easily heard and distinguished from other devices.
Additionally, the remote alarm box does not require any batteries nor external power and can be stored indefinitely without maintenance so that it is immediately ready for use in an emergency.
DHS Science & Technology (Fourth of Four)
Excellence in Homeland Security
DHS S&T identifies research the agency will conduct to understand the opportunities, as well as the risks, that accompany the rapidly changing AI/ML technology landscape and its impacts to DHS missions, and incorporate the technological advancements in AI/ML to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of the DHS operational components and the broader Homeland Security enterprise.
S&T’s three strategic goals are to 1) drive next-generation AI/ML technologies for cross-cutting homeland security capabilities; 2) facilitate the use of proven AI/ML capabilities in homeland security missions; and 3) build an interdisciplinary AI/ML-trained workforce.
The Strategic Plan aligns with the DHS Artificial Intelligence Strategy, which lays out goals to govern the Department’s approach to integrating AI into the DHS mission.
Excellence in Homeland Security
Deputy Director, Technology Centers Division (Acting) at U.S. Department of Homeland Security
(Learn More about how the DHS Science and Technology Directorate (S&)T is mobilizing innovation to secure our world. From sensors to cybersecurity to technology for first responders, we work with you to find tomorrow’s solutions, today. Courtesy of DHS Science and Technology Directorate.)
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Legendary Police Commissioner William Bratton of the New York Police Department, the Boston Police Department, and former Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department was also live at the event, meeting with attendees and signing copies of his latest work ‘The Profession: A Memoir of Community, Race, and the Arc of Policing in America,’ courtesy of the generosity of our 2021 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Premier Sponsors.
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