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People gathering? Minimal security? You have a soft target and Homeland Security wants planners and responders to know more

Sun, 06/10/2018 - 01:02

What can be dine to protect soft targets from terrorists?

Places where people gather freely, like music festivals, houses of worship, or shopping centers, which are easily accessible and often have minimal security, potentially making it easier and cheaper to carry out an attack.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is publicly releasing the DHS Soft Target and Crowded Places Security Plan Overview.

The overview describes how the Department is working to enhance and organize its efforts around the security and resilience of soft targets and crowded places across the United States.

To review the Plan, Resources Guide, and other key information, visit .

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Celebration of Life

Sat, 06/09/2018 - 12:32

A celebration of the life of Volunteer Emergency Response Unit founder/director Sherry Lassiter was held in Austin this week.

A helmet marked her place at an empty chair. The lemon represents the bitterness of loss, the salt is symbolic of our tears and the glass is inverted because she cannot toast with us.

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McCarthy Alaska Donated Ambulance Replacing Vandalized Rig

Tue, 05/29/2018 - 01:38

The village of McCarthy Alaska's only ambulance was dead. It looks like vandals had grabbed fists full of wiring in the center console -- and yanked, rendering the unit dark, without emergency and interior lighting.

Apparently McCarthy, which has approximately around 30 off-season residents (but hundreds in the Summer) has trained EMS personnel who can treat a patient on scene and transport them to the airport for Airlift to a higher level of care. But, ambulance electrical technicians are hard to find in small-town Alaska.

And, there it sat.

But, Jonathan Dobbs from Wisconsin was visiting last fall from with his girlfrend when he notuced a flyer asking for information about the vandals.

It bothered Dobbs enough to purchase a used rig, pump in some mechanical repairs and drive it to McCarthy from Minnesota.

The town celebrated the event, detailed in a story published in the Alaska Daily News.

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