The Living Threat – BIO

HAZMAT teams called to Manchester prison; three staff members hospitalized

  WYMT     MANCHESTER, Ky. (WYMT) – Three Bureau of Prisons staff members at the Federal Corrections Insititute in Manchester were hospitalized Monday. Officials say the staff members were all working in or near the facility’s mail room when they began feeling ill. In a release from the Federal Bureau of prisons, officials say HAZMAT teams were dispatched to test ...

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Kromek Secures Contract to Create Vehicle Mounted Biological Weapon Detection Equipment

ChronicleLive Radiation detection pioneer Kromek is developing a piece of tech to protect the public against biological attacks as part of a new US contract.   The Sedgefield firm is already working with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (Darpa), which is part of the US Department of Defense, to supply handheld ‘dirty bomb’ detectors.     But this deal – ...

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More suspicious letters found in Atlantic City amid Trenton anthrax scare

HMN- White powder calls continue across the nation. This story comes to us from The Trentonian TRENTON- On the heels of an anthrax scare that shut down the Mercer County criminal courthouse, two more letters containing suspicious substances were discovered this week at an Atlantic City casino and post office, authorities said Thursday. The FBI and the State Police’s Joint ...

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Terrorist in the middle east carrying out chemical experiments on its prisoners as it moves labs into residential neighbourhoods

HMN- With the international threat of CBRNE terrorism how are you preparing? Not only hazmat teams but all public safety in your jurisdiction should be aware of ongoing dangers and threats. Stay safe brothers and sisters.   The full story from The Telegraph here  Islamic State has moved its chemical weapons operation to densely populated residential areas and is testing ...

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Ebola Basics and the other E (Coli)

Here is a brief look at a few ‘Bios’.  HazMat responders are expected to know quite a bit about everything hazardous.  Take a look to keep ‘frosty’ on the basics.  Below, we look at Ebola vs. E. Coli, Virus vs. Bacteria. According to the CDC: Ebola virus disease (EVD) is a rare and deadly viral illness that is reportable to ...

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It runs beneath us – Bio waste response

Last month untreated biological waste washed up at Dockweiler Beach in Southern California. Various disgusting items from needles to condoms were part of the ‘medical waste spill’ as it was referred to in the local media. This event happened right in front of a wastewater treatment facility for the Los Angeles area.  Depending on the municipality, a sewer spill could involve ...

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Looking back, Dallas Ebola crisis showed cost of fear, value of leadership

Source: Dallas News (reposted)  by Jacquielynn Floyd Source: Dallas News (reposted)  by Jacquielynn Floyd - An out-of-date public service sign at a busy North Dallas intersection is one of few lingering reminders of the crisis that seized this city a year ago. It advises passers-by to “know the facts about Ebola” in startlingly graphic terms. Be alert to such symptoms as headaches, fever ...

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Here’s Why ‘Clipboard Guy’ Wasn’t Wearing A Hazmat Suit While Moving The Ebola Patient

HMN – What do you think of the explanation below in an article featured last year in Business Insider?   We now know why the mysterious man who was aiding the evacuation of 29-year-old Ebola patient Amber Vinson onto a plane wasn’t wearing a hazmat suit or any other protective gear. He wasn’t supposed to be wearing one, according to ...

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Pentagon says ‘live anthrax’ inadvertently shipped across US

Source: Fox News.com Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com The Pentagon revealed Wednesday that “live anthrax” was shipped, apparently by accident, from a lab in Utah to as many as nine states. Pentagon spokesman Col. Steve Warren assured “there is no known risk to the general public” and said an investigation is under way. But precautions are being taken for ...

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HAZMAT called to Whitestown Amazon facility for unknown powder substance

Source: WTHR 13 News WHITESTOWN, Ind – HAZMAT crews were called to Whitestown Sunday night on reports of an unknown powdery substance at the Amazon facility there. Police were first called just before 10:00 p.m. Boone County authorities confirm the powder was found outside the building; no evacuation order has been given and no one is being treated for any ...

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