2011 call for presentations deadline
extended to July 19!
If you have not submitted your presentation proposal for PRIMA's 2011 Annual Conference in Portland, Ore., it's not too late! PRIMA has extended the deadline for proposal submission to Monday, July 19!
Don't miss your chance to present at the ONLY conference devoted entirely to risk managers in the public sector. We encourage you to submit at least one proposal (or more!) to speak at PRIMA's Annual Conference, to be held in Portland, Ore., June 5-8, 2011.
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Scientists develop new approach to predicting losses from disasters
A group of engineering and scientific experts have developed a new model to better predict losses due to natural and man-made environmental disasters. Researchers say their approach has the potential to assist emergency planners and other disaster preparedness experts reduce negative impacts through improved prediction. More
Hospital's planned emergency center will provide
Fierce Healthcare Share
A $10 million capital grant recently announced by Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn will cover half the cost of a new $20 million emergency facility planned for Rush University Medical Center in Chicago that will allow for treatment of patients during potential bioterrorism attacks, the Chicago Tribune reports. More
Security, threats increase at Texas State Capitol
Troopers from the Department of Public Safety were once again on high-alert after a 911 caller shut down the Texas State Capitol in Austin with a bomb threat for the second time in two weeks. "I don't understand why anyone wants to make a bomb threat or anything like that,” said James Eudy whose visit to the Capitol was cut short by DPS. More
Pentagon may change Metro security
The Washington Post Share
The Pentagon is considering changes in security at the Metro station that would restrict the ability of commuters to access walkways and escalators there, according to a report by Markham Heid in the Washington Examiner. More
Law to train bouncers mostly ignored
The Des Moines Register Share
A law enacted in 2008 is intended to require training for Polk County, Iowa, bouncers, but has resulted in training for only a fraction of the people doing that work in nightclubs. Fewer than 100 people have been trained, even though the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division identified about 1,300 establishments that could fall under the training requirement, said Kerry Koonce, a spokeswoman for Iowa Workforce Development, whose labor services division oversees the training. More
Uniformed deputies can't patrol private events
Sioux City Journal Share
A new policy in Woodbury County, Iowa, that prohibits county sheriff deputies from wearing their uniforms while providing security at private events came under fire recently. More
Violence weighs on mayor election in Juarez, Mexico
The Dallas Morning News Share
In one of the world's most dangerous cities, where the mayor has faced constant and bizarre death threats — one message was delivered in a severed pig's head — many wonder why anyone would want to run for office to replace him. More
Shiite pilgrims stream into Baghdad amid high security
Agence France-Presse via Google News Share
Tens of thousands of Shiite worshippers streamed into the Iraqi capital amid heightened security for a major pilgrimage, a day after six people were killed in a string of attacks. More