Colin Wood wrote for Government Technology and Emergency Management from 2010 through most of 2016.
You’ll be hard-pressed to find a county that hasn’t faced a disaster at one point, and FEMA’s new interactive tools lay that information out for the public while encouraging preparedness.
Opening data is a way to increase public trust, but there’s a lot of work left to be done on behalf of law enforcement.
Based on analysis generated by a new initiative, the city's Fire Department will conduct a door-to-door outreach campaign that targets households least likely to have smoke alarms.
Mobile platforms and digital technology are quickly replacing paper, but emergency managers still need to stay sharp.
More than 200 applied for the position, but an Amazon executive will fill the role as the Seattle Police Department's new head of technology.
The White House Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection highlighted the state of increasing cyberthreats and news of cooperation that spans sectors in the form of an information-sharing order.
The Seattle Smart Gun Symposium revealed an ambitious community of technologists seeking to take on the feverish front known as the American gun owner, and unveiled more questions than answers.
As citizens nationwide protest following the no-indict ruling in the Ferguson, Mo., shooting, police in Washington state wonder if their public records laws will prevent the adoption of body camera technology that could keep such a confusing scenario from happening again.
Will heart attack victims one day see their savior fly in on four small propellers?
2014 feels like something of a social media impasse. The good news is that big change is imminent.
The meeting will be followed by discussions in other states as FirstNet determines what a nationwide first responder communications network should look like.
Researchers keep warning about the need for an early warning system while the project remains under-funded.
The new device can detect minute movements and could save lives during the next large-scale disaster.
The First Responder Network Authority's first in-person consultation is with Maryland on July 29, and the authority anticipates releasing a draft RFP before March 2015.
The primary limitation of today’s energy grid is that it was conceived and developed in an era that had not envisioned a future powered by the sun, wind and data. ARPA-E projects aim to fix that.
Wind moving through power lines can ultimately lead to damaged infrastructure and power outages, but placing accelerometers on the lines could help reduce the risk of mechanical failure.
The 24-hour center also actively monitors physical police events, allowing officials to ensure that those incidents are being managed properly.
The CIO looks back at her stint with the Department of Defense and addresses what state officials need to know about the communications network in development by the First Responder Network Authority.
The Seismic Alert System of Mexico is considered one of the world’s most effective earthquake early warning systems.
Some government officials and emergency management agencies are finding Twitter to be a fast, cheap and easy method of advertising job openings.
Sustainability is not just intended to mitigate climate change — it’s also about finding ways to be resilient and live alongside the environment.
A professor and former police officer and others have created an app that alerts cops when they're too tired to continue working safely.
As the big data movement explodes, law enforcement in the Denver region reaps the benefits.
The National Guard has a critical role to play in coordinating cyber-resources across federal, state and local governments.
Robots can do lots of things, but they're still not great at solving problems. But new research from MIT could improve this in robots, especially for search and rescue.
Low-speed chemical messages could prove more effective than traditional technologies in many emergency response scenarios.
The journey to make use of big data is being undertaken by civilian organizations, law enforcement agencies and the military alike.
A new mobile app could give on- and off-duty law enforcement officers a 60-second head start on the next Columbine or Sandy Hook.
The Department of the Interior’s Strategic Sciences Group prepares scenarios during a crisis that describe possible environmental outcomes.
A bill that passed last month authorized California to look for funding to develop an earthquake early warning system, but the project isn't yet a sure thing.
Private facilities can share building data with public safety responders via a common dashboard, providing situational awareness in an emergency.
Following the lead of many countries around the world, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill authorizing an $80 million system that will let people know when an earthquake is about to hit.