From: Adrian Courtenay
To: Scott Jenkins,
Subject: Combating stress, PTSD, can often start with talking about it
Date: Fri Jun 06 12:22:17 MDT 2014
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June 6, 2014


Combating stress, PTSD, can often start with talking about it


Every member of law enforcement and the military experiences stress; sometimes this stress can be traumatic, even leading to Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). One of the greatest challenges to combatting stress and PTSD in the law enforcement/military community could be fighting a culture that says it's not ok to feel "weak," said Dr. Tania Glenn, head of Tania Glenn and Associates, based in Austin, TX, who spoke at the recent GovSec Conference in Washington.

Chronic stress can take its toll in law enforcement. "What happens is you see a lot of bad, a lot of negative. ...When everyone has done bad things and are all lying to you, you drive by thousands of people and forget about the good people." People in public safety have "a hard time getting away from their jobs."  More 

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has reported a 70 percent chance that this year's hurricane season will produce three to six hurricanes. Two of them are predicted to be major hurricanes with winds of 111 mph or higher.

The main driver of this year's forecast is the anticipated development of El Niño this summer. While NOAA forecast a slow season in 1992, Hurricane Andrew became one of the strongest to ever hit the United States. Andrew struck South Florida in August 1992 causing an estimated $26 billion in damage, making it one of the most expensive natural disasters in U.S. history.  More

PulsePoint AED, a new mobile application designed to build a comprehensive registry of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) available for use during cardiac emergencies, has been released by the PulsePoint Foundation at the Emergency Cardiovascular Care Update (ECCU) 2014 Conference in Las Vegas, NV. The PulsePoint Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing mobile technologies to help everyday citizens save lives.

Physio-Control, a provider of emergency medical response technologies worldwide, is the marketing and implementation partner of the Foundation.  More 


San Jose, CA-based Vormetric, a provider of enterprise data security for physical, virtual and cloud environments, has released a report written by FieldFisher, a U.K.-based law firm with expertise in global compliance, e-privacy, information management, and data security. The report details legal obligations for encryption of personal data resulting from industry compliance regimes, such as PCI DSS, national laws and local regulations.  More    

Portland, OR-based Tripwire, a provider of risk-based security and compliance management solutions, has announced that it will lead the Tripwire Cybersecurity Risk Manager LifeJourney Experience for the nation's youth. LifeJourney is a web-based, interactive classroom experience that allows students from middle schools, high schools, and colleges to test-drive potential cybersecurity careers by enabling them to live a day in the life of one of America's cybersecurity leaders.  More 


Watford, U.K.-based Smiths Detection has signed an agreement with Canada's Optosecurity to develop and distribute an advanced Checkpoint Enterprise Software Solution that will improve the overall performance of security checkpoints and reduce their operational costs.

"The agreement leverages our global base of checkpoint products including X-rays, trace detectors, full body screening devices, and bottle screeners for liquid explosives with Optosecurity's advanced technology solutions, software development, and rapid implementation. It will improve airport checkpoint throughput and offer significant opportunities for operational benefits."  More    

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