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July 27, 2009

North Dakota City Removes Trees to Prevent Floods

Army Corps of Engineers cuts down trees in Jamestown to save levees.

July 16, 2009

FEMA's Craig Fugate Says Mitigation Language, Roles Must Be Redefined

FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate said changing language and redefining FEMA's and the public's roles in mitigation are looming challenges.

June 22, 2009

Virginia Automates Alarm Company to 911 Transmissions

New data exchange standard could eliminate more than 32 million 911 calls nationally.

June 17, 2009

FEMA Grant Allocations a Boost to States, Locals, Tribes

Grant process also includes steps to facilitate an easier application process.

June 10, 2009

Texting 911 Becoming a Reality in Iowa County

Text messaging 911 a positive step, but not as efficient as a phone call.

June 9, 2009

Emergency Medical Dispatch System Puts Help at 911 Dispatchers' Fingertips

Culpeper, Va., uses public safety group's life-saving guidecards and training program.

May 19, 2009

New York City's Joe Bruno on the Stimulus, Emergency Notification and More

Emergency Management Commissioner Joseph Bruno discusses infrastructure and community outreach.

April 30, 2009

3.5 Million Sandbags Aid Fargo, N.D. Flooding

Center for Domestic Preparedness course.

April 28, 2009

Microsoft Launches Social Media Tool

Emergency managers could use Vine to communicate with citizens.

April 22, 2009

American Indian Nation Plans for a Pandemic

U.S. Indian Health Service urges creating emergency preparedness plans.

March 24, 2009

National Interoperability Network's Time Has Come, Panelists Say

Public safety communications would benefit from national broadband network.

March 20, 2009

Law Enforcement Looks to Video Surveillance Networks

Technological advances spur growth of large-scale video surveillance networks.

March 19, 2009

Claire Bailey, Arkansas Chief Technology Officer, Discusses State's Wireless Information Network

Arkansas CTO Claire Bailey gets agencies and local governments to communicate via 700/800 MHz system.

March 16, 2009

First Responders See New Risk in Suicide by Chemicals

Recent suicides show risks of household chemicals for EMS, fire and police.

February 19, 2009

Ellen Gordon, FEMA Director Finalist, Says Agency Must Work with States, Locals

Ellen Gordon is reported to be one of two finalists to lead FEMA as the director under the Obama administration.

February 18, 2009

Stimulus Bill Revives Key Law Enforcement Grants, Funds Firefighters

Federal grant money for border, port, transportation security and wildfire mitigation also included.

February 4, 2009

Mechanical Siren, Rugged PDA and Laptop Cases, Disaster Preparation Videos, Geospatial Data Application

Products from Carson Manufacturing, Otterbox, Global Net Productions, Spatial Networks.

February 4, 2009

Direct Assistance Grants Available for Public Safety Answering Points

Donated radios aid communication for Grady County, Okla., police and fire departments.

February 4, 2009

Stephen Flynn, Senior Fellow for Counter-Terrorism and National Security Studies, Council on Foreign Relations

Flynn discusses homeland security and national resilience.

January 12, 2009

Flood Management Expert Gerry Galloway Discusses Future of Flood Control Strategies

Galloway says flood management policy progress is slow.

November 30, 2008

Floods May Worsen as the Climate Changes

Floodwater management needs a broader approach, experts say.

November 20, 2008

U.S. Faces Al-Qaida Terrorist Threats, Lacks Vigilance Since 9/11, Speaker Says

Emergency management expert Gordon Graham addresses risk management, homeland security at IAEM Conference.

August 21, 2008

Study Finds Organizations Lacking in Crisis Preparedness

Government, nonprofits and businesses are not as prepared as they would like in the event of an act of terror or other crisis.

July 29, 2008

David Brailer on Health IT; Emergency Managers Ponder Climate Change

David Brailer on Health IT; Emergency Managers Ponder Climate Change

June 2, 2008

New FEMA Funding Priorities; Inside A Mobile Command Center

New FEMA Funding Priorities; Inside A Mobile Command Center

May 29, 2008

Coordinated Communications Eases Impact of Midwest Storms

Weather system shows no mercy on residents and strains emergency managers.

April 10, 2008

FEMA Funding Priorities Shift

FEMA funding will emphasize emergency response planning and citizen preparation.

March 8, 2006

Gary Norris: One of Government Technology's 25 Doers Dreamers & Drivers

Gary has a technology vision for schools

March 8, 2006

Jim Ley: One of Government Technology's 25 Doers Dreamers & Drivers

New vision for schools and the county

April 4, 2005

Inching Forward

A few policy changes that should benefit locals have trickled out of the Department of Homeland Security.

July 9, 2004

More Data, Better Policing

New overlay software is proving its worth as a wireless communications tool for law enforcement.

July 9, 2004

Patriot Act: Ten Years Late?

Supporters say the act's enhancement of information sharing would have helped connect the dots between terrorists.

July 9, 2004

Drowning in Data?

Drowning in Data?

May 21, 2003

Detectives Improve Intelligence

Seattle Police Department chooses search technology

May 21, 2003

Sheriffs Streamline Booking Process

Stanislaus County, Calif. to simplify procedures at juvenile detention facility

May 21, 2003

Mobile Communications

Phoenix selects wireless radios for city communications

May 21, 2003

DOJ Crackdown

Dozens arrested in nationwide Internet fraud takedown

May 21, 2003

More Money

State, local governments to receive grants

May 21, 2003

Ridge Announces High Threat Grants

$700 million available for cities, counties and partners

May 5, 2003

States Record Interoperability Gains

The National Interoperability Scorecard found marked improvements in security, standards and technology, and coordination and partnerships in developing wireless interoperability between justice agencies.

April 22, 2003

Crunch Time

Outsourcing and other options are back on the table as states scramble for answers to a dire budget situation.

January 15, 2003

Biometrics Viewed as Acceptable

But most Americans demand privacy safeguards as well.

January 15, 2003

Keeping Kids Safe

Delaware joins 33 other states in implementing AMBER Alert system.

January 15, 2003

Automated Judicial Process

Texas County will automate all elements of the judicial process from arrest through disposition with new software.

January 15, 2003

Task Force Dissolved

Texas governor dissolves Homeland Security panel.

January 15, 2003

Heightened Security Awareness

Sept. 11 was an eye opener but the issues surrounding critical identity search are not new.

January 15, 2003

Hazardous Materials Info Repository System Delivered

AMS develops system for Defense Logistics Agency.

January 15, 2003

Airport Safety

Project focuses on identifying glide-path obstructions around U.S. airfields

October 15, 2002

Feds Team With State, Locals To Combat Internet Crimes Against Kids

Federal, state and local agencies are working together on Internet Crimes Against Children task forces.

October 15, 2002

Company Aims To Duplicate the Human Brain

Start-up hopes to use knowledge of how the human brain functions to improve video technology.

October 15, 2002

New Software Tool Helps Cops Identify Porn

The tool helps law enforcement quickly identify inappropriate or illegal computer graphics files in ambient storage areas of computer hard disk drives.

October 15, 2002

Computer Evidence Specialist Calls for Ban on Evidence Eliminator Software

A police-contracting computer evidence specialist says evidence eliminator strips law-enforcement officers of their power and should be banned.

October 15, 2002

Idaho Implements Disaster Tolerant CAD System

The disaster tolerant configuration allows another center to resume full operation with accurate up-to-date information if the communication center becomes inoperable.

October 15, 2002

Homeland Security Agency Deploys Smart Cards

A federal agency charged with defending the homeland has purchased 6,500 cryptographic smart cards to secure sensitive data stored on laptop computers.

October 15, 2002

New Mexico Web Site Keeps Citizens Abreast of Crime Trends

Who is getting out of jail? What crimes are on the rise? Those questions are among those that are answered by visiting a unique Albuquerque Web site.

April 16, 2002

ADAM Makes An Impact

Wireless technology is helping locate missing children.

April 16, 2002

Bills for Skills

Riverside County, Calif., ups the ante to attract and keep quality staff.

April 16, 2002

Reinventing the FBI

Following the terrorist attacks, the FBI scrambles to put its IT program on the fast track.

April 16, 2002

Camera Shy

Facial recognition cameras are stirring the pot of protest.

April 16, 2002

Keeping Tabs

Keeping Tabs

April 16, 2002

No More Excuses

Crime analysis software avails itself to smaller Maryland agencies.

April 16, 2002

Chemical Reaction

What you don't know may hurt you when dealing with a chemical, radiological or biological threat.

November 30, 2000

Public Agencies, Private Data

As access to state-held records becomes easier, citizens want to see the issue addressed. Increasingly, states are faced with making new rules in unfamiliar territory.

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