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May 8 2014

Mexico’s Early Warning Systems Gets Tested By a 7.2 Magnitude Quake

SASMEX's impressive performance after a magnitude 7.2 quake is helping drive early warning system efforts around the world  

Apr 16 2014

Social Media Analysis Aids in Washington Mudslide Response

The FirstToSee Emergency Support System got its first real-world use last month during search and rescue efforts following the massive mudslide in Washington State. 

Apr 14 2014

Next Generation 911: What You Need to Know

What if a 911 center could push data to first responders and police to get the location from GIS and visuals of buildings from mobile phones? Read more about the development and implementation of Next Generation 911. 

Apr 8 2014

The NISC and DHS S&T to Present Mutual Aid Webinar

The National Information Sharing Consortium (NISC) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) First Responders Group (FRG) will co-host a webinar on April 17 titled, Mutual Aid: Tools and Technologies to Discover, Request, Acquire, and Track Resources.  

Mar 31 2014

An ‘Asymmetric’ Approach to Disaster Resilience?

As the number of annual billion-dollar disasters escalates disaster resilience efforts becomes ever more important. What is disaster resilience? Who is responsible for it? Is there a single solution to disaster resilience? All these questions and more are explored in Eric Holdeman’s insightful column. 

Mar 28 2014

Text-to-9-1-1 Guide Released as the May Deadline Nears

As the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) May 15th voluntary text-to-9-1-1 deadline approaches 14 states have already deployed a live text-to-9-1-1 service in at least one county with many more planning to offer the capability soon. Last week shared an article highlighting the concerns of the public safety community. This Radio Resource online exclusive highlights The National SMS Text Service Coordination Group’s recently released Information and Planning Guide aims to help the public safety community understand this new capability 

Mar 27 2014

Ongoing Developments with FirstNet

Last week we shared an article that seeks to answer whether FirstNet is stalled. Read author Bill Schrier's follow up piece for updates on new developments with FirstNet, and new commentary on the speed and implementation of the program. 

Mar 24 2014

Texting 911?

Will the phrase, "Help! Somebody text 911! It’s an emergency!" one day take the place of "Somebody call 911!"?  

Mar 23 2014

New Developments in Wildfire Communications

Florida debuts a new initiative that improves situational awareness and increases the safety of crews that fight wildfires. 

Mar 21 2014

Social Media Bill Aims to Increase Public-Private Collaboration

Representative Susan Brooks (R-IN) introduced H.R. 4263, known as the Social Media Working Group Act of 2014, to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to authorize the Department of Homeland Security to establish a social media working group, which expands both the membership and influence of the Department of Homeland Security’s Virtual Social Media Working Group (VSMWG). 

Mar 20 2014

JIFX 14-3 event to take place May 5-9, 2014 at Camp Roberts, CA

Registration is required and white paper submissions are due March 28, 2014 

Mar 20 2014

G&H participates in DHS/NGA Social Media Workshop

The workshop focused on operational, social science, visual and data analytics, and technical challenges.