Cybersecurity

First responders connect via DHS online network

The Homeland Security Department hopes 500,000 local, state and federal first responders will join a new online professional network DHS has created for them.

IT Modernization

FCC national broadband effort gets Web site

The Federal Communications Commission has launched a new Web page today designed to provide information about the efforts to create a national broadband plan for public safety.

Cybersecurity

Emergency communications center stalled, GAO says

The Homeland Security Department and its federal partners are still in the early stages in forming an emergency communications preparedness center, a report says.

It's put-up time for the emergency communications network

It seems the government will try again to build a nationwide public safety communications network, at least if Congress agrees with the FCC’s forthcoming recommendations.

Cybersecurity

FEMA seeks social media contractor

Federal Emergency Management Agency issues a contract request for a media services company that can deliver information from disaster areas via social media and local media news outlets.

U.S. first responder communications still a mess

If a major earthquake were to strike in the U.S., we would be in a real fix, says the chief of the FCC's Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau.

Cybersecurity

DHS considers contracts for collecting disaster-related imagery

The Homeland Security Department wants information from industry on collecting images to be used in a system to help with disaster response and recovery.

Cybersecurity

Wireless medical records system comes to Indianapolis

Emergency medical workers in Indianapolis and its suburbs now have access to electronic health records.

IT Modernization

FEMA falls short on warning systems, GAO says

A GAO official cited FEMA's lack of progress on its public alert systems for disasters, but a FEMA official defended the agency's pace.

IT Modernization

GAO says more planning needed for DHS emergency communications

The Homeland Security Department should beef up plans for key officials to communicate when networks go down, GAO recommends.

Cybersecurity

Build a better test for your emergency response systems

There are a variety of techniques and tools that agencies can use to get the most out of the time and money they spend testing their emergency management systems.

Cybersecurity

Independent evaluations

Eastern Kentucky University independently evaluates how well commercial incident management software meets the criteria of the National Incident Management System standard.

Cybersecurity

FCC buying emergency notification system

The FCC is buying an emergency notification system to keep in touch with responder agencies and taking other steps to improve its disaster communications capabilities, its chairman said today.

IT Modernization

U.S. and Mexico talk safety across the fence

U.S. and Mexican officials announced an agreement to set up a cross-border network to enhance safety and law enforcement at the border.

IT Modernization

FCC considers state, regional public safety networks

The FCC is considering requests to form a broadband network for first responders rather than waiting for the commission to create a nationwide network.

IT Modernization

DHS, FCC don't coordinate some networks, GAO says

The Homeland Security Department and the Federal Communications Commission need to coordinate their efforts on public safety emergency communications, according to a new report.

Cybersecurity

DHS funds IT-related projects

Some of the $1.8 billion in DHS grants will go to state and local governments' technology projects.

IT Modernization

Emergency responder ID program progresses

FEMA officials demonstrated a pilot program today for interoperable credentials for emergency responders.

IT Modernization

Cloud computing moves into public safety

Companies introduce software as a service for communications between fire, police and emergency agencies.

Cybersecurity

Interoperability urged for border communications

Sheriffs say local, state and federal officials need to work together to secure the U.S./Mexico border.

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