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Public Safety Agencies Fight to Protect Privacy via Cyber Security

The numerous technological advances in security systems in recent years have created new opportunities for growth, for improved operational capabilities, and for both legal and moral complications. Question: What is the dividing line between improved security and personal privacy – or is there one?

Electronic Medical Records – Potential Benefits of a ‘Health Cloud’

The 21st-century world of high-tech communications – ranging from the transmission of classified information to social texting and junk mail – has not yet, partly because of privacy concerns, significantly improved the forwarding of medical records. What can and should be done about this?

Virtual USA to Enhance Disaster Management

The technological journey from VIPER to Virtual Alabama to Virtual USA is long and sometimes tedious. But it is probably the best and perhaps only sure way to take today’s communications systems from the dangerous present to a future that is safer, technologically sounder, and economically more prudent.

Field-Based Patient Tracking: Real-Time Data Sharing Comes of Age

The old saying that the job “”isn’t done until the paperwork has been completed”” is particularly true if the “paperwork” data – vital signs, indications of internal bleeding, etc., collected at the scene of a car accident or other incident – is somehow lost before, during or after the patient’s

License Plate Readers: Automated Situational Awareness

LPR systems are resented by drivers who are caught speeding and/or running stoplights. The same technology can be used, though, to quickly identify stolen cars and for other equally important law-enforcement tasks.

DHS STEPs Forward to Identify NIMS Technology

Homeland Security Presidential Directive 5 (HSPD-5), which required the development of a National Incident Management System (NIMS) framework to coordinate the responses of local, state, and federal agencies to domestic terrorist attacks, was signed in December 2003. The NIMS framework is based on the Incident Command System (ICS) developed by

First Responder Credentialing: Still a Secondary Priority

As the October 2008 deadline looms for implementation of Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 (HSPD-12), which requires federal agencies to issue new “smart” identification cards to their employees, many agencies are now working tirelessly to comply with that mandate. So-called “Smart Cards” – which incorporate photos, biometric data (fingerprints), a

GIS & GPS: Making ‘Police Presence’ More Precise

“Social Networking,” popularly defined in one sense as the creation of software-enabled virtual communities, has become a significant factor in how most Americans live their professional and personal lives. Many people, both young and old, now spend their days instant-messaging with coworkers and friends, sharing photos and movies with the

Real ID: No Impediment to Law-Enforcement Photo Sharing

The Department of Homeland Security’s recent release of its Final Rule on implementation of the Real Act of 2005 calls for minimum standards for state-issued drivers licenses as one step in a larger effort to make it more difficult for unauthorized persons to acquire and/or create a fraudulent license or

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Article Out Loud – The Race to Interoperability

The Boston Marathon Bombing demonstrated the dedication, commitment, and strength of those who responded that day. The lessons learned from that event continue to strengthen community resilience as participants gather to focus on building interoperability within and between jurisdictions.

Article Out Loud – Local Security: The Forgotten Factor in Relief Operations

  By Joseph W. Trindal, An Article Out Loud Flashback from Domestic Preparedness, originally published on February 24, 2010. The 2010 earthquake in Haiti exposed many weaknesses in the local infrastructure. Learn how security gaps and concerns presented even more problems for the relief effort. Narrated by Elisa DeLeon. Listen

Article Out Loud – A Failure To Over-Communicate

  By Terry Hastings, An Article Out Loud Flashback from Domestic Preparedness, originally published on May 10, 2017. Emergency managers (and others) often fail to fully engage and educate the whole community. This 2017 article discusses the need to over-communicate and explore new ways to educate people. Narrated by Elisa

Article Out Loud – Healthcare and Public Health Sector Perspectives

The Healthcare and Public Health Sector is one of 16 sectors identified as critical infrastructure under the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency. According to the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, National Health Expenditures (NHE) accounted for $4.3 trillion, or 18.3% of the U.S. gross domestic product. The HPH Sector

Article Out Loud – Information Technology Sector Perspectives

The Information Technology Sector is one of 16 sectors identified as critical infrastructure under the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency. Domestic Preparedness invited subject matter experts to answer questions about this sector, including how the sector and its interdependencies can affect any community.

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