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Researchers developing wireless emergency network for disasters

By   /  March 16, 2012  /  Emergency Management, Homeland Security  /  No Comments

University of Arkansas researchers are developinga solar powered wireless emergency communications network that can be deployed during major disasters to transmit critical warnings and geographic information. The network, which researchers call an emergency “mesh,” is entirely self-sustainable so even when power and the Internet has been knocked out, residents affected by a disaster can still receive […]

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The Long Road Ahead for the Nationwide Public Safety Network

By   /  March 14, 2012  /  Emergency Management, Homeland Security  /  No Comments

Tom Ridge has been a longtime advocate for the creation of a nationwide network for public safety agencies to operate on. The lack of public safety’s ability to communicate across agencies was brought to the United States’ attention more than 10 years ago during the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. As the first secretary […]

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L.A. County starting over on emergency communications system

By   /  August 19, 2011  /  General News, Grants & Funding  /  No Comments

Hundreds of millions in federal funds are at risk and years of planning are scrapped over concerns that the project’s nearly completed contract violates state rules on how it must be structured and awarded. Los Angeles County leaders Thursday put the county at risk of losing hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funds when […]

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Interoperability: Why it works — or doesn’t

By   /  July 31, 2011  /  General News  /  No Comments

It turns out that successful interoperability doesn’t have much to do with funding Like many government funding streams, federal Homeland Security Grant Program funds are facing steep reductions. The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed the FY 2012 Department of Homeland Security appropriation bill. As it awaits Senate action, the bill’s $200 million-plus reduction (FY […]

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Ten Years After 9/11: Emergency Communications

By   /  July 31, 2011  /  General News  /  No Comments

DHS – Testimony of Acting Deputy Under Secretary Greg Schaffer, NPPD, before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, “Ten Years After 9/11: Emergency Communications” Introduction Thank you Chairman Lieberman, Ranking Member Collins, and distinguished members of the Committee. It is a pleasure to discuss the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) efforts to […]

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