NIHS Success Stories

Pandmeic Planning and Preparedness Project H1N1 Influenza A Mass Immunization

Date:  April 19, 2010

Ensuring access to available vaccine by the general public proved to be a logistical and practical challenge in communities across the United States.  Despite existing plans for mass immunization/prophylaxis, there existed gaps in the ability to operationalize those plans in a timely and effective manner.  The following information is a description of the activities undertaken in Louisville, Kentucky, a metro

Defusing Terrorism

Date:  February 17, 2010

On the morning of April 19, 1995, Timothy McVeigh pulled a yellow Ryder Rental truck into a parking area outside the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City then casually walked away. A few minutes later, the truck’s deadly 4,000-pound cargo blasted the government building with enough force to shatter one third of the seven-story structure to bits. Glass, concrete, and steel rained down. Indiscriminately mixed in the smoldering rubble were adults and children, alive and dead. Gone in one cataclysmic blast were 168 lives.

Making Protective Mesh Stronger

Date:  February 17, 2010

Making Protective Mesh Stronger

Braden Lusk with the University of Kentucky has been developing a mining research program at UK focused on the use of explosives, and he admits that this research interest began a long time ago—when he was 10 years old.

Brewing A Blast-Less Fertilizer

Date:  February 17, 2010

Brewing A Blast-Less Fertilizer

Down in the green, rolling hills and farmlands around Lexington, Kentucky, Darrell Taulbee can be found mixing up a batch of his homegrown fertilizer. But he’s not looking to grow a better Big Boy or distill a smoother bourbon, he tells us.

Funded by the University of Kentucky and the Homeland Security’s Science & Technology Directorate (S&T), Taulbee sets his sights on something far more sinister.

Darrell Taulbee putters with this stuff to make sure another Oklahoma bombing never happens again.

A Real-Life Food Defense Challange: Bulk Milk Transportation

Date:  February 11, 2010

A Real-Life Food Defense Challange: Bulk Milk Transportation, as featured in the Food Saftey Magazine. 

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.