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Responders Today: Getting Personal

The federal government has recognized first responders’ widespread need for protective equipment—and the effort is underway to make sure that they get it.

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DC Launches New Emergency Preparedness Web Site

The District of Columbia Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency (HSEMA) has launched a redesigned web site today in the hopes that it will help D.C. residents better prepare for emergencies. The site, called 72hours.dc.gov, lists emergency resource information by topic.

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PSIC grants fail to impress—even with a billion dollars

With the benefit of a billion dollars in funding and six years ofexperience administering homeland security grants, the Public SafetyInteroperable Communications (PSIC) program had all the ingredients foran efficient, transparent, and ultimately effective rollout. The Department of Commerce, rightly recognizing its lack of experiencein public safety, handed the administrative duties for the program tothe Department… Keep Reading

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Emergency Preparedness after the Minneapolis Bridge Collapse

In Minneapolis, Rocco Forté, the assistant city coordinator forRegulatory Services, is responsible for emergency preparedness. Fortéserved as the chief of the Minneapolis Fire Department, where he alsoserved as director of the city’s emergency preparedness operations.After 30 years of fire service, he retired and transferred to hiscurrent job, but the emergency preparedness functions transferred withhim. Keep Reading

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HOUSTON, TEXAS: Building a national model

In focusing their attention on protection of the Port of Houston, Texas, first responders in surrounding Harris County and its Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (OHSEM), hope they’re creating a model of vigilance and preparedness for the rest of the nation.  The Port of Houston is the sixth largest port in the world… Keep Reading

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Why we need a Public Service Academy

Homeland security has an inherent short-termbias. Snarling hurricanes on the coast or heart-stopping news of aterrorist plot naturally consume our attention. Given the daily barrageof emergencies that demand immediate action, it is understandable whymany Americans have developed shortsightedness when it comes to oursecurity.

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Funding the Ecosystem

Among the many pieces of counsel provided by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration to state administrative agencies (SAAs) in preparing their applications to the Public Safety Interoperable Communications (PSIC) program was a recommendation that communities extend interoperability to cover the entire ecosystem of emergency response assets. This is consistent with Department of Homeland Security (DHS) requirements that states and, by extension, local funding recipients coordinate their homeland security funding from all sources to maximize its impact. But it begs the question: “What is the ecosystem of emergency response assets?

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