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Changing the Rules: First-Responder Data Communications Tools Make an Impact

Since the deployment of the first mobile computers in police cruisers more than 20 years ago, the ability to access and exchange information between first responders in the field and their dispatch centers has grown steadily.  Of course, early mobile technology involved customized hardware and software that was limited in

Camera Phones Add a Thousand Words to the Handling of Transportation Incidents

Since August 2006, first responders in Northern Virginia have been participating in an innovative pilot program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) that uses camera phones to transmit images from incident scenes to other responders and to regional tow companies.  The University of Maryland’s Capital Wireless Information Net

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Article Out Loud – Energy Sector Perspectives

By Eric Easton, An Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, January 10, 2024. From the alarm clock that wakes people in the morning, to the natural gas used to cook breakfast, to the refined petroleum products powering vehicles for daily commutes, the Energy Sector plays an integral role in daily

Article Out Loud – Five Steps Toward Enhancing Climate Resilience

Many communities have been impacted by “acute climate shocks” such as wildfires, hurricanes, floods, heatwaves, and severe winter storms – resulting in the loss of lives, livelihoods, and infrastructure. The five steps shared in this 2018 article can help enhance climate resilience.

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.

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