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S&T Integration of Video Data to Improve Situational Awareness in Response to an Active Shooter Event Fact Sheet

First responders rarely have an accurate picture of what is happening inside of a school during an emergency. The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) sponsored the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU/APL) and its subcontractor, SpectraRep, to develop an enhanced information technology infrastructure to better integrate and distribute video to address this issue and design an exercise to evaluate the potential of video integration to improve school safety.

Office of Mission and Capability Support

The Office of Mission and Capability Support works with DHS operational Components, first responders at all levels of government, emergency management personnel, public safety organizations, and other homeland security organizations to define priorities, gaps and requirements to find or develop technology solutions.

Terrorism Prevention Grant Evaluation

Past local terrorism prevention programs did not undergo robust, independent evaluation. To redress this gap, at the request of the DHS Office of Terrorism Prevention Partnerships (OTPP), the Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) was looked upon to collaborate with subject matter experts in the field to study these programs’ effectiveness in delivering information about what does and does not work in the prevention space.

Systematic Reviews of Terrorism Prevention Research

Neither international borders nor a single ideology constrains or limits threats posed by terrorism, domestic radicalization, or returning foreign fighters. Accordingly, many countries have invested in research within their local contexts to build the global body of evidence in terrorism prevention. However, this research is often inaccessible to intended end users, many of whom cannot effectively retrieve the research or analyze it for operational needs.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T), in coordination with the Five Country Research and Development (5RD) Terrorism Prevention Network, identified a need to conduct systematic reviews of prior research and evaluations.

S&T Report on Alerting Tactics

The purpose of this Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) Report on Alerting Tactics (Report) is to provide recommendations on effective combinations of alerting tactics for various incident types based upon lessons learned from practitioners.

S&T Multifunctional Textiles for Advanced Personal Protective Equipment Report

First responders commonly enter situations with unknown threats wearing only duty uniforms. These uniforms offer little to no protection against atypical threats, causing the first responders to be exposed to unnecessary hazards. Multi-threat Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for first responders, capable of withstanding chemical/biological, fire, stab and blast hazards, either do not exist in one garment or are bulky and unable to be worn at all times.

S&T Social Media Business Case Guide

The purpose of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) Social Media Business Case Guide (Guide) is to provide step-by-step guidance on how to develop a Business Case for integrating the use of social media into emergency management operations. This Guide is intended for organizations that are considering implementing a social media emergency management (SMEM) program.

S&T Digital Volunteer Program Guide

The purpose of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) Digital Volunteer Program Guide (Guide) is to provide step-by-step guidance on developing a digital volunteer program to support emergency responders.

S&T 2018 Video Quality in Public Safety (VQiPS) Workshop Summary Report

Issues, challenges, priorities and gaps discussed by the panels and with audience participation help inform the direction of the VQiPS Program and the solutions (new technology or knowledge products) that the program leadership continues to pursue. This event also provided an opportunity to review and validate current priorities and focus areas. DHS OIC used the two-day Workshop to also find out the best way for stakeholders to digest their information (e.g., social media, newsletters, etc.) to more effectively communicate VQiPS activities. Attendees also had the benefit of hearing different lessons learned and best practices from practitioners from across the country who are facing similar issues within their agencies.

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