Griffin Works offers Pawsitive Interactions with Service Dogs During Response Operations©, an audience-customized training that breaks down barriers by offering hands-on handling training and demonstrations with working service dogs for fire departments, EMS agencies, and public safety organizations.

Part of the National Domestic Preparedness Consortium and home to the National Emergency Response and Recovery Training Center, TEEX has been leading homeland security training since 1998. The major TEEX programs include fire and rescue, infrastructure and safety, law enforcement, economic and workforce development, and homeland security. As a member of The Texas A&M University System, TEEX is unique in its ability to access a broad range of emerging research and technical expertise. Beginning with course design and development all the way through hands-on instruction and national certification testing, TEEX delivers comprehensive training through both classroom and hands-on instruction and as online courses.

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) was created by Congress in 2000 as part of the Children’s Health Act to raise the standard of care and increase access to services for children and families who experience or witness traumatic events. This unique network of child-serving professionals, caregivers and young adults, researchers, and national partners is committed to changing the course of children’s lives by improving their care and moving scientific gains quickly into practice across the U.S. The NCTSN is administered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and coordinated by the UCLA-Duke University National Center for Child Traumatic Stress (NCCTS). 

The Emergency Management Institute (EMI) is part of the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The EMI provides national leadership in developing and delivering training to ensure that individuals and groups having key emergency management responsibilities possess the requisite skills to effectively perform their jobs.

The High Alert Institute maintains a list of reviewed courses provided by governments, universities and professional organizations. This list is geared towards the non-emergency management person who participates in disaster planning, preparedness, response, recovery or mitigation as part of their job responsibilities.

The High Alert Institute has partnered with Shutterstock to distribute stock images from the nature images donated by our supporters. For eligible stock images, Shutterstock will donate a portion of the royalty to the High Alert Institute. There is no cost to charitable organizations or to Shutterstock customers.

For eligible purchases through AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to the High Alert Institute. There is no cost to charitable organizations or to AmazonSmile customers. All you need to do is push the SMILE NOW button and select to support THE HIGH ALERT INSTITUTE on AmazonSmile.

Koi need forever homes, too! For pond enthusiasts, freshwater exotic and ornamental fish may not be available through pet stores or rescues in their area. The High Alert Institute Aquatic Pet Shelter Rehoming Program will be happy to assist you in stocking your new pond or adding a new finned friend to your school. Coming soon – when you adopt a Koi from the High Alert Institute Aquatic Pet Shelter Rehoming Program, we can arrange for delivery to your door anywhere in the continental United States.

Have you always wanted a Koi pond but don’t have the space one? Sponsor a Koi in our community shelter pond and we send you photos of your sponsored animal. Coming soon are live Koi Cameras above and below the water to enjoy your sponsored Koi anytime.

Dumping of freshwater non-native species and exotic aquatic pets into wild habitats is a man-made disaster that is truly preventable. The Institute’s Aquatic Pet Welfare Partnership works to raise awareness and reduce the impact on healthy ecosystems through education, as well as rescue and rehoming. Joined by champions of animal welfare and environmental stewardship, this  association of aquatic pet rescue operations and aquatic pet shelters across the United States aims to save our finned friends and preserve our waterways together.

Want to share our cause with family, friends, and colleagues? Looking for a non-traditional way to celebrate a birthday or honor someone special? Support the Institute by starting your own Peer-to-Peer fundraising challenge! Let your contacts know why our mission is important to you and what they can do to support your cause. START YOUR OWN FUNDRAISER for the High Alert Institute.

From the staffing pool to the shelter ponds, from the boardroom to the classroom, and from reading the science to writing the analyses, High Alert Institute programs and services benefit from the experience, expertise, and generosity of our volunteers. Put your talents to use for good and to good use – VOLUNTEER TODAY.

Make your donation twice as nice by rehoming aquatic pets and providing a rehabilitation companion pet to a deserving person, family, or facility. Sponsor part or all of a Joy of Koi Program pond installation – complete with rehomed koi – and give the gifts of love and recovery.

Professional photographers, amateurs, and legal copywrite holders are all welcome to participate in the High Alert Institute Nature Photo Donation Program. Sales of the images benefit the Institute and donors are eligible for tax deductions equivalent to the fair market value of their photos. Landscapes, seascapes, animals, flowers – all may be accepted – whether new or vintage  images. People may be included in the photo but only if unidentifiable (i.e., blurred figures at a distance).

Did you know that unused patents and copyrights can be donated to charity? Intellectual Property (IP) just sitting on a shelf will lose value as it becomes obsolete. The High Alert Institute IP Donation Program seeks to rescue stranded, technology-related IP with the potential for development into marketable products. Once accepted by the program, the owner/inventor is eligible for a tax deduction equivalent to the fair market value of the IP. The Institute receives the patent licensing fees or revenue from the sale of the IP to businesses, helping us to fund our mission. In turn, businesses are able to advance their markets and create jobs for less money than starting a project from scratch.

Disasters are defined as situations in which needs exceed or overwhelm available resources. Some disasters affect an entire community, while other disasters impact individuals and families. Crises of physical or psychological health can be very personal disasters.
The therapeutic value of pets during illness, trauma, and recovery is well established. And Koi fish may be well suited for people who are not able to provide verbal pet commands or physically care for pets like dogs and cats. Koi ponds are also a source of beauty and peace, providing an ideal setting for quiet reflection or meditation.
We are working to partner with pond installers and aquatic pet rescues/shelters to offer free or reduced-cost ponds with rehomed Koi fish to people seeking this type of pet therapy.

Disasters disrupt life and impact our sense of personal, family, and community safety. Survivors and responders alike often are not aware of the emotional, psychological or spiritual challenges that they may face from disaster onset through recovery. With two decades of experience training responders and communities to prepare for the behavioral health aspects of disasters, we will continue to provide education and a curated list of resources to groups or individuals.

Non-medical factors that impact overall health are termed Social Determinants of Health or SDoH. Noise pollution, poor air quality, and poor water quality are three environmental factors known to have a strong link to overall health. And the same environmental factors that impact humans impact their pets and other animals in their care. We continue to assist in advocacy, education, and technology development to mitigate the impact of SDoH on humans and animals alike.

Our efforts in shelter and rescue are the main focus of our environmental stewardship, reducing the environmental impact of non-native aquatic animals being dumped into public waterways. The High Alert Institute also assists innovators with the design, development, and evaluation of green and renewable energy technologies. Reducing the carbon footprint associated with disaster preparedness, response, and recovery furthers our continued mission to mitigate risk and improve resilience.

We partner with public and private organizations, sharing resources and fostering partnerships to improve disaster preparedness, response, and recovery, and mitigation.

The High Alert Institute team has over a century of combined research experience in medical, nursing, behavioral health, and disaster sciences. Our team provides support to researchers and technology developers through comprehensive literature searches and reviews, as well as failure mode database searches and adjudicated reviews.

When disaster strikes, most aquatic pet owners have limited options to secure the safety of their pets. Sheltering in place may not be possible if there is no power to provide aeration and “pet-friendly” shelters do not include ponds or aquariums. Our goal is to provide an option for aquatic pet owners in need of rescue and shelter for their finned friends.

Our goal is to share our two decades of disaster readiness experience with animal welfare organizations, shelters, caretakers, and pet owners, as they implement contingency  plans for natural and manmade disasters.

High Alert Institute

OHANA Joint Venture

 

 

The One Health And Nature Alliance (OHANA) is a group of companies – some are non-profit and some are for-profit. They’re working together on the OHANA Project, which is led by the High Alert Institute.

Their goal is to tackle two big problems: environmental pollution and climate change by developing and using green remediation technologies and waste-to-energy technologies. Let’s unpack that a bit:

Green Remediation Technologies: These are methods or tools that clean up or fix polluted environments in a way that’s environmentally friendly or sustainable.

Waste-to-Energy Technologies: These are processes that recycle waste into green energy, like electricity or heat. This not only reduces environmental pollution but also provides a renewable source of energy.

OHANA is focusing on reducing pollution and slowing climate change, by helping industries be more green. Industries targeted by OHANA include those that deal with solid and liquid waste, oil and gas, chemical manufacturing, waste disposal, and cleaning up environmental and industrial messes.

In simpler terms, OHANA is like a team of superheroes who are fighting against pollution and climate change by using cool, eco-friendly technologies. Our extensive objectives and the application of our proprietary technologies embody our commitment to the environment and sustainable practices. The OHANA technology approach integrates Supercritical Water Oxidation (SCWO) and Supercritical Carbon Dioxide (SCCO2) technologies.

Our commitment to the environment and sustainable practices is embodied by our extensive objectives and the application of our proprietary technologies. The OHANA technology approach integrates Supercritical Water Oxidation (SCWO) and Supercritical Carbon Dioxide (SCCO2) technologies.

The OHANA technology framework includes components such as Solis Power’s Solar Thermal Concentrator Technology and Advanced Hydrogen Generation Technology, SCWOR Technology, and the Regenerative Braden Cycle SCCO2T. We also employ a range of Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS) technologies, modified as necessary to fit our specific requirements.

The SCWO method employs a combination of water, oxygen, heat, and pressure in the presence of a catalyst to effectively break down toxic substances into clean water, harmless inert salts, and gases. This established technology has proven effective in full-scale remediation applications for substances like polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), fluorinated hydrocarbons (FHCs), sewage sludge, and chemical weapons. Our SCCO2 technology harnesses the latent heat from SCWO, converting it into energy with up to 80% efficiency, thereby promoting energy conservation.

The integration of these technologies results in our SCWOR/SCCO2T design, which offers significant environmental and business advantages for the treatment of chemical wastes. This design allows for the simultaneous processing of numerous unwanted pollutants, increasing the return on investment. It also ensures the maximum sustainability impact through the implementation of carbon sequestration, clean water production, and waste destruction harnessed for electricity generation.

Our technology is complemented by a robust system control software and sophisticated data logging and reporting mechanisms. We observe and record sensor data for green waste remediation, green energy production and consumption, air quality, and water quality. This comprehensive and integrated approach propels us towards our mission to address environmental pollution, energy deficits, and climate change within an All Hazards, One Health, One Nature framework.

General Objective:

Develop and deploy innovative combinations of “off-the-shelf” and “ready-for-commercialization” technologies to operationalize Best Management Practices to address environmental pollution, oil and gas industry waste, energy deficits, energy inequality, climate change and resultant health impacts in an All Hazards, One Health, One Nature framework.

 

Specific Objectives:

  1. Review the applicable legislation, regulation, policy and guidelines regarding the green remediation of persistent organic pollutants (POPs), forever chemicals (FCs), polyfluorinated compounds (PFCs), per- or poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and related chemicals to compile requirements, standards, best management practices (BMPs) and standard operating procedures (SOPs) for the green environmental remediation of these toxins.
    (SDG 9, 11, 12, 13, 16, 17)
  2. Review, license, integrate, engineer, develop, fabricate and deploy innovative combinations of “off-the-shelf” and “ready-for-commercialization” technologies to convert environmental pollutants, oil and gas industry waste, POPs, FCs, PFCs, PFAS, and related chemicals into green energy.
    (SDG 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17)
  3. Review, license, integrate, engineer, develop, fabricate and deploy innovative combinations of “off-the-shelf” and “ready-for-commercialization” technologies to sequester greenhouse gasses and other chemical byproducts generated by the destruction, recycling, oxidation and/or reduction of remediated environmental pollutants (waste), POPs, FCs, PFCs, PFAS, and related chemicals.
    (SDG 6, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17)
  4. Review, license, integrate, engineer, develop, fabricate and deploy innovative combinations of “off-the-shelf” and “ready-for-commercialization” technologies to sequester greenhouse gasses and other chemical byproducts generated by the destruction, recycling, oxidation and/or reduction of petroleum extraction, refinery and other oil and gas industry waste.
    (SDG 6, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17)
  5. Review, license, integrate, engineer, develop, fabricate and deploy innovative combinations of “off-the-shelf” and “ready-for-commercialization” technologies to convert sequestered greenhouse gasses and byproducts into commercially viable green products without releasing the sequestered substances.
    (SDG 6, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17)
  6. Internationally deploy and operate facilities housing industrial/municipal scale technological solutions developed by OHANA.
    (SDG 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17)
  7. Integrate “First-in-Class” SOPs that operationalize international BMPs with the operation of industrial/municipal scale technological solutions developed by OHANA to convert environmental pollutants (waste), POPs, FCs, PFCs, PFAS, and related chemicals into green energy while sequestering the greenhouse gasses and byproducts produced in compliance with all applicable requirements, standards, BMPs, and SOPs for the green environmental remediation of these toxins internationally.
    (SDG 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17)
  8. Create jobs and job training in every community that hosts an OHANA developed green remediation facility.
    (SDG 1, 4, 5, 8, 10, 11, 16,17)
  9. Improve the food chain remediating environmental pollutants (waste), POPs, FCs, PFCs, PFAS, and related chemicals from soil and water.
    (SDG 2, 3, 6, 11, 12, 14, 15, 17)
  10. Mitigate the plant, animal and human health impacts of environmental pollutants (waste), POPs, FCs, PFCs, PFAS, and related chemicals by remediating these substances from soil, water and the food chain.
    (SDG 2, 3, 6, 11, 12, 14, 15, 17)
  11. Provide scientific data on the plant, animal and human health impacts resulting from the green remediation of environmental pollutants (waste), POPs, FCs, PFCs, PFAS, and related chemicals from soil, water and the food chain by executing a long term, longitudinal, observational study.
    (SDG 2, 3, 6, 11, 12, 14, 15, 17)
  12. Improve potable and irrigation water quality/safety by remediating environmental pollutants (waste), POPs, FCs, PFCs, PFAS and related chemicals.
    (SDG 2, 3, 6, 11, 12, 14, 15, 17)
  13. Improve green energy production, reduce energy cost, mitigate energy related pollution and prevent energy related greenhouse gas release by developing, deploying and propagating industrial/municipal scale waste to green energy solutions/facilities internationally.
    (SDG 1, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17) 
  14. Decarbonize the Oil and Gas Industry by developing, deploying and propagating industrial/commercial scale petroleum extraction, refinery and petrochemical waste to green energy solutions/facilities internationally.
    (SDG 1, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17)

 

OHANA’s Technology:

Technologies that employ the chemical process of Supercritical Water Oxidation (SCWO) have been in use for more than 30 years. Water, oxygen, heat, and pressure are combined in the presence of a catalyst (non-toxic substance that speeds the reaction) to cause toxic substances to break down rapidly. The end products from this process are clean water, harmless inert salts, and gases that require additional processing. While other methods of environmental remediation are still in the testing and development phases, SCWO already can be used at the commercial level to destroy stored toxins and leftover chemicals from manufacturing processes. Scientific researchers and industrial engineers maintain a growing database of ways to employ SCWO technologies, each with a customized “recipe” for the removal of a specific chemical or toxin. Combining the content of this database with published scientific equations, researchers and engineers have elevated SCWO technologies to full-scale remediation applications. Examples of these applications are the remediation of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), fluorinated hydrocarbons (FHCs), sewage sludge, and chemical weapons.

 

Supercritical Carbon Dioxide (SCCO2) technologies provide conversion of heat to energy with up to 80% efficiency. Because SCCO2 technologies generate nearly twice the electricity output of steam, propane, natural gas, coal and even nuclear power, SCCO2 has been an area of intensive research and development. The persistent problem is that heating CO2 to SCCO2 requires large amounts of energy. However, our emergent approach provides an elegant solution: harness the heat produced by a SCWO Reactor (SCWOR) to generate the heat needed to drive a SCCO2 turbine (SCCO2T).

 

Our SCWOR/SCCO2T design provides significant environmental and business advantages for the treatment of chemical wastes. First, the salt end products are easily separated from the cleaned water and cleaned soil. Contrary to other methods, our design does not replace one pollutant with another. Second, our SCWOR/SCCO2T design removes not only PFAS contamination but many other industrial wastes and environmental pollutants. This allows for a much greater return on investment for any community or business, as the same equipment will be available to process numerous unwanted chemicals. Third, our SCWOR/SCCO2T design maximizes sustainability and global impact (i.e., marketable uses for SCWOR/SCCO2T end products, carbon sequestration, clean water production, and harnessing waste destruction to generate electricity).

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