David Raths is a contributing writer for Emergency Management magazine.
Accompanying important benefits of the switch from analog to digital, one challenge looms large: the increased risk of cyberattacks on 911 call centers.
If there is one potentially positive side effect of the situation, it could be that all the media attention shines a light on the larger water infrastructure problems the U.S. faces.
An experiment helps responders integrate social media into disaster response.
Greater climate variability means regions of the country can expect to see new types of human health hazards. Here’s what you should know.
Better health IT integration and rapid access to clinical and lab data are critical for evaluating persons under investigation during an outbreak.
Policy and legal issues prove more challenging than technological ones but southern Illinois counties prevail.
An explanation of what next-generation 911 is, implementation challenges and how soon it will become a reality.
There’s a movement under way to evolve to a next-generation 911 system based on modern IP-based networks that take advantage of capabilities like text and video messaging.
States have lots of questions about FirstNet; here’s why chief information officers are key to making it work.
How emergency response would be different than it was 24 years ago following the Loma Prieta earthquake.
The national public safety broadband network board must hit the ground running to deal with funding, governance, partnerships and broadband projects already in progress.
Syndromic surveillance systems are becoming more sophisticated and provide important data to emergency management personnel.
Universities bridge the cultural divide between IT, campus safety and emergency management.
Aidmatrix conducts matchmaking between donors and relief organizations involving the tracking, warehousing, transportation and distribution of products and services.
Since Hurricane Katrina, the public and private sectors have joined hands during disasters.
Roanoke County, Va., consolidated public safety and information technology operations into one department, but putting an IT person in charge of 911 is proving to be a good match.
Federal grants will benefit public safety but come with limits in some cases.
ShakeOut prepares residents for biggest quake in 100 years.
IP-based networks help call centers move beyond voice communications.
Full-scale exercises are expensive and time-consuming, while simulation allows for exercising a mass casualty event at less cost and with more flexibility.
The unacceptable response to a Valentine's Day snowstorm in Pennsylvania prompts an emergency management investigation.