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Massachusetts leverages multiple funding sources to enhance communications

By   /  October 11, 2012  /  Emergency Management, Grants & Funding  /  No Comments

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By leveraging myriad funding sources available to various governmental jurisdictions, Massachusetts is developing a communication system that is more robust and resilient than any single entity could have built on its own. One of the challenges of trying to innovate is managing perception that an astronomically large capital investment is required to deploy leading-edge technologies. […]

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Pooling resources makes interoperable Boston network a reality

By   /  September 10, 2012  /  Emergency Management  /  No Comments

A critical key to success for any wide-area communications project—regardless of modality—is the ability to interconnect physical locations with a robust, resilient, reliable and high-capacity network. Many of the recent communications and data-sharing projects that successfully were undertaken by the commonwealth of Massachusetts and the communities in the Metro Boston Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) […]

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Cloud Computing and Emergency Management: The Virtual EOC

By   /  May 25, 2012  /  Emergency Management  /  No Comments

From the Disaster Academia blog by Valerie Lucus-McEwen Emergency managers, like Pascal Schuback who is the program coordinator for the King County, Washington Office of Emergency Management. have to be flexible, inventive and … somewhat sly.  They understand drastic budget cuts and personnel reductions. They know how to find resources when they are really needed. They […]

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Grants & Resources: Five Pitfalls to Avoid

By   /  April 4, 2012  /  Emergency Management, Grants & Funding  /  No Comments

This time of year, first responders across the country are gearing up to access federal and state funding to upgrade gear, enhance technology, improve communications, and recruit and train personnel. There are a number of good sources of funding that are either available now or will become available within a few weeks. However, the most […]

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Battle over Resources at Wildfire, Hurricane Preparedness Conference

By   /  April 3, 2012  /  Emergency Management, Homeland Security  /  No Comments

Thousands of emergency responders from across the state are convening to San Antonio for the three-day Texas Emergency Management Conference.  The conference and its workshops will focus on the relief efforts from last year’s drought and wildfires. Dry conditions and high winds still threaten numerous Texas counties still at risk of wildfires. The conference’s topics […]

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