NIHS News

Pandemic Project Completing Guide for Influenza Preparedness

Date:  February 8, 2012

The Center for Hazards Research and Policy Development of the University of Louisville is currently working to complete the final draft curriculum for the Community Planning Guide for Pandemic Influenza Preparedness. The goal: Empower communities to consider the impacts of the next pandemic globally, while developing plans locally. Upon completion, this curriculum will be publicly accessible online at www.communitypandemicprep.org.

Online Training Module Created by UofL Project

Date:  February 8, 2012

The Pandemic Planning and Preparedness with the University of Louisville has completed a online traning module.

Health sciences students key to volunteer workforce in emergency preparedness and response staffing plan

Date:  October 24, 2011

UofL associate professor Ruth Carrico, PhD, awarded CDC grant to develop model

Louisville, KY- Building on the success of Louisville's response to the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic, Ruth Carrico, PhD, plans to use a $250,000 one-year cooperative agreement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to create an emergency countermeasure staffing plan that utilizes nursing, pharmacy and public health students. Major project partners include the University of Louisville School of Nursing and the JB Speed School of Engineering.

IMDSS Project launches new website

Date:  October 17, 2011

The Incident Management Decision Support System (IMDSS) provides on-site commanders with real-time data from first responders, citizens, and local and national government agencies - allowing the incident response team to do their jobs effectively and efficiently.

The Challenge

The task of assuring the security of our homeland involves protecting the citizens of the United States, the nation's critical infrastructure and key assets. This is necessary to sustain the nation's vitality against terrorism and other threats. This protection must originate at the community level. It requires discovering, developing and deploying new technology that will support first responders and key decision makers in local communities.

The Mission

NIHS' mission is to discover, develop and deploy solutions that protect and preserve the critical infrastructure of the nation's communities.

The Institute

NIHS aligns projects and research objectives with the needs and requirements of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The strategy is to manage a distributed research enterprise that effectively transitions research and development into solutions. NIHS works with DHS to determine technology needs at the community level. Then, teams are quickly assembled from multiple universities to develop solutions to the needs.

The Strategy

Through management of the Kentucky Critical Infrastructure Protections Program (KCI), the National Institute for Hometown Security (NIHS) provides an ongoing, integrated program dedicated to developing new technologies and devices. NIHS works through qualified academic institutions to accomplish the technological objectives.