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September 19, 2013 | 0 comments

It doesn’t take a person entering the field of emergency management long to figure out that when it comes to responding to and recovering from disasters, we don’t have much, if any, authority. This then is our lot in life. Lots of responsibility, no authority. How then do you successfully lead without authority? Here’s how you can lead, but not command.
More at http://www.emergencymgmt.com/training/Lead-Without-Authority-Opinion.html

September 19, 2013 | 0 comments

The price of an early warning system which would alert California officials about an earthquake within sixty seconds before a major temblor strikes would be$80 million. The California legislature passed a bill on 13 September, requiring the state to develop the earthquake warning system. “We live in earthquake country. When it comes to earthquakes in California, it is not a matter of if, but when,” State Senator Alex Padilla, the bill’s lead sponsor, said in a statement. “A fully developed earthquake early warning system will provide Californians critical seconds to take cover, assist loved ones, or pull over safely to the side of the road. It could allow time to stop a train and power down critical infrastructure. Most importantly, it will save lives.”
More at http://www.homelandsecuritynewswire.com/dr20130919-california-mulls-cost...

September 19, 2013 | 0 comments

The Federal Aviation Administration currently doesn’t allow drones to fly over cornfields searching for patches of blight, but likely will soon — sparking an industry that’s predicted to generate more than $82.1 billion within the first decade. Farmers and ag enthusiasts on Tuesday September 17 at the annual Farm Science Review in Madison County were given a firsthand look at drones in flight and were told of the services unmanned aircraft might soon be able to offer them. More at http://www.springfieldnewssun.com/news/news/local/drones-flying-high-at-...

September 19, 2013 | 0 comments

NASA and DHS are collaborating on a new radar device which detects heartbeats of victims trapped in wreckage. The agencies will demonstrate and discuss the device at 10:30 a.m. EDT Wednesday, 25 September, at the Virginia Task Force 1 Training Facility at 9850 Furnace Road in Lorton, Virginia.
More at http://www.homelandsecuritynewswire.com/dr20130919-nasa-dhs-to-demonstra...

September 12, 2013 | 0 comments

Social media is becoming a primary source of information during disasters like earthquakes, tornadoes and hurricanes. In an effort to more efficiently utilize social media data for situational awareness and emergency response, the U.S. Navy is funding a software prototype to crowdsource situational awareness, called Crowd-SA.
More at http://www.emergencymgmt.com/disaster/Navy-Social-Media-Crowdsourcing-Re...