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Dubhe Beinhorn describes AtHoc, Inc, winner of GSN’s 2012 award for “Best Mass Notification Solutions,” as a company that operates in one sector only: critical communications for crisis management....

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Mon, 2014-06-09 03:54 AM
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) researchers have invented a promising green fire retardant using a dash of clay, a dab of fiber from crab shells, and a dollop of DNA.Applied to...
Mon, 2014-06-02 04:57 AM
President Obama convened a meeting last week at the Federal Emergency Management Agency with members of his response team to receive an update on efforts to prepare communities for extreme weather...
Fri, 2014-05-30 04:00 AM
http://www.nikeairmaxfreedom.com air max 90 The Department of Transportation (DOT) is in the process of allocating $13 billion from the 2013 Disaster Relief Appropriations Act (DRAA) for surface...
Tue, 2014-05-20 11:48 PM
As part of a study to improve firefighter safety and effectiveness, fire researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and partners from fire service organizations have...
Thu, 2014-05-15 08:54 PM
In the midst of one of the country’s worst droughts in decades, firefighters, particularly smokejumpers, who often parachute into the worst kinds of wildfires at a moment’s notice, are ramping up for...
Mon, 2014-05-12 01:45 AM
The Department of Transportation (DOT) has issued an emergency order requiring railroads moving more than one million gallons of crude oil, equaling about 35 tank cars, to inform state emergency...
Tue, 2014-04-22 07:20 AM
North Carolina State University has been awarded a five-year, $25 million grant by the National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) Office of Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation Research and...
Tue, 2014-04-22 06:10 AM
Link to video: http://www.dvidshub.net/video/331417/cbp-air-and-marine-rescue.Just nine days after agents from the U.S. Border Patrol and the Office of Air and Marine’s (OAM) Tucson Air Branch...
Mon, 2014-04-21 05:51 AM
As part of Earthquake Preparedness month, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), a San Francisco based electric and natural gas utilities company, has announced its ongoing efforts to...
Tue, 2014-04-08 12:55 AM
Israel-based NowForce, a developer of comprehensive mobile emergency response solutions, announced last week at the ISC West conference in Las Vegas that it has signed an original equipment...
Wed, 2014-03-19 09:01 AM
Editor’s Note: GSN has reprinted below in its entirety the DHS press announcement released yesterday on its six preparedness grant programs totaling over $1.6 billion. The grants included more than $...
Mon, 2014-03-17 04:21 AM
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), of Gaithersburg, MD, will host the first of six workshops devoted to developing a comprehensive, community-based disaster resilience...

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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.

Huntsville, AL-based Intergraph will help public safety agencies transition to Next Generation 911 with the newest version of its computer-aided dispatch software. I/CAD 9.3 leverages next-generation communications in the public safety answering point (PSAP), improves mobility and safety of field personnel and reduces the time and cost for new technology deployments, the company says.

Denver-based DaVita Kidney Care, a division of DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc. and a provider of kidney care services, is dedicated to sharing important emergency preparedness information for dialysis patients who might be impacted by weather-related emergencies -- notably the hurricane season that started June 1.

Baltimore, MD-based Hughes Associates and Chicago, IL-based Rolf Jensen & Associates (The RJA Group) have announced a merger agreement. The transaction creates a provider of lifecycle building consultancy services that will include risk analysis, system design, commissioning, research, testing, and project management solutions that encompass fire protection, security, and related disciplines.

The Connecticut Convention Center, in Hartford, CT, has completed the installment of a multimedia communications system with the assistance of Mutualink, Inc. -- the Wallingford, CT-based company. The system provides an interoperable communications platform that enables multimedia sharing of radio, voice, text, video, data files and telephone communications in a secure environment -- all in real-time.

The Philippines’ Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and IBM have unveiled a new intelligent operations center to provide a central point of command for disaster management. The new center will help the Philippine government better manage ongoing and future disaster response and recovery efforts following Typhoon Yolanda in 2013.

Sunnyvale, CA-based Da-Les Auto Body, a full service auto body vehicle repair business located in Sunnyvale, CA, has posted a new blog to its site that is devoted to the topic of safe driving, including why people should never think about texting while driving. The new blog is just part of a new public service campaign that Da-Les will release in the near future.

Wallingford, CT-based Z-Media, a developer and marketer of hemostatic agents, has announced that its Belt Trauma Kit, which includes QuikClot Combat Gauze, will be standard issue to every law enforcement officer in the State of New York. Distributed by the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES), the initiative is one of the largest standardizations of advanced first aid kits ever deployed by a state.

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With new emphasis being placed on data protection due to the broken state of backup – as well as budget cuts -- there needs to be an increased focus on data reliability and recoverability while adding value back into the agency itself.

Backing up data to a physical tape is just not viable due to the amount of data and the speed and flexibility with which data must be recovered.

Agencies are implementing disks into their IT infrastructure. However, before taking this step, chief technology officers must first ask and answer these questions:

A good disaster recovery plan includes all of the processes, policies and procedures necessary for your company to continue operating its critical technology systems after a disaster. The “classic” disaster recovery (DR) scenarios -- such as floods, earthquakes and hurricanes -- are widely understood. However, the disasters most commonly faced by businesses are not those recognized by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), but the more mundane power outages, cyber attacks and vendor issues. Yet, in all cases, you need to be prepared.

The Telework Enhancement Act of 2010 created a lot of buzz around the word “telework.” President Obama signed this Act into law in December 2010.

According to an Office of Personnel Management (OPM) memorandum, the Act provides a framework for agencies to better leverage technology and to maximize the use of flexible work arrangements, which will aid in recruiting new federal workers, retain valuable talent and allow the government to maintain productivity in various situations.

The subject of disaster management and emergency preparedness has fundamentally evolved over the last 10 years.

Although historians may characterize 2011 differently than I do, I believe that many in the government and public safety arena likely will remember this as the “Year of the Natural Disaster.” From the unparalleled Japanese tsunami to wildfires and tornadoes that literally destroyed entire communities and droughts that plagued many parts of the United States, we have come face-to-face with natural disasters of epic proportions. 

 

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Stephen Meer, one of the founders of Intrado, Inc of Denver, Colorado, indicates that his company provides services and products to the 9-1-1 infrastructure, which he says is a very complicated ecosystem with lots of different constituent groups. The 9-1-1 infrastructure is like an iceberg, he says, with a little piece that delivers services to the public that is above the water line, and a massive infrastructure under the water line that supports it in operating seamlessly, continuously, dealing with all the regulations and issues in the world of public safety communications.

Mike Bostic of Raytheon points out that he spent 34 years as an Assistant Chief in the LAPD, where he worked about a third of that time in technology  and communications. And one thing he learned from his LAPD experience is that everything the military needs, so does public safety. But Raytheon is in the business of solving operational problems rather than selling boxes and devices, he says, and as a systems integrator the company sells solutions to specific sets of problems.

Kevin Madden discusses the nation’s first demonstrated multi-vendor interoperable Public Safety Long Term Evolution (LTE) network, which was deployed by a consortium of companies including Cisco and Raytheon during the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, FL.

Spillman Technologies is a vendor of public safety software used by law enforcement, fire and emergency management agencies, according to Dave Snyder. The company provides an integrated solution and specializes in multi-jurisdictional assignments involving agencies that want to collaborate with other agencies with information systems in large geographic areas. Snyder points out that the company has been in business for almost 30 years and has an extraordinary degree of stability, and its customers can count on major upgrades each year at no cost.

ESRI is the innovator of GIS, or Geographic Information Systems, which Paul Christin describes as a way of managing information and understanding it geographically, or plotting information, visualizing the data, and analyzing the dots to make sense out of the data. The company sells to 40 verticals, one of which is homeland security. Christin describes how GIS technology is used for planning major events, such as political conventions or the recent NATO conference in Chicago.

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Add Jerusalem-based Identa Corp. to the handful of companies that issued statements in the wake of the failed...

Legalzoom.com, an online legal service, and Donate Life America (DLA), a non-profit organization, have created and are offering ICE App, intended to help users input the compreh...

Cambridge, MA-based MetaCarta, Inc., a provider of geographic search solutions, has announced the launch...

Waukesha, WI-based Magnasphere reports that its new high-security sensor, HSS, has completed its UL inspections and is r...