Jim McKay

Jim McKay is editor of Emergency Management.

Posted By Jim McKay

Feb 18

Early Warning Quake App Provides Countdown to the Shaking

The newest earthquake early warning app, QuakeAlertUSA by Early Warning Labs, provides users in California the opportunity to set their preferred thresholds for when the app goes off. And when it does go off, it provides the user with a vibrating countdown to the real shaking.
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Jan 14

Folsom Police Deploy App to Help with Vulnerable Individuals

The Vitals app will give police officers instant, critical information, including audio and video to show to the subject, on those vulnerable individuals who possess a Vitals beacon and come within 80 feet of an officer.
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Nov 5

Speech-Recognition Tech Paying Dividends for Police

The San Bernardino Police Department deployed speech recognition software by Nuance Communications five months ago for its officers and detectives. The big selling point for Capt. Paul Williams, who headed the deployment, was safety.
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Aug 9

Officials Continue to Expand AlertWildfire Camera System

From a three-camera network, the AlertWildfire network has grown exponentially and proven its value in pinpointing dangerous wildland blazes.
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May 14

IBM Challenges Developers to Create Disaster Response Tools

IBM's 2019 Call for Code Global Challenge asks the tech community to help save lives of people in areas vulnerable to natural disaster, like the 2018 winner, Project OWL and its incident management system.
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Apr 11

New Smartphone Platform Could Replace Police Laptops, Mobile Terminals

The Chula Vista Police Department is piloting technology that uses the Samsung Galaxy smartphone to replace the traditional mobile data terminal in police vehicles.
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Apr 5

During Wildfires, Mesh Network Connects First Responders

Capable of being quickly deployed during the early days of a wildfire, this mesh network helps link authorities and enhance their situational awareness.
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Feb 20

Tech Gives Kern County First Responders an Edge on 911 Calls

Situational awareness is critical for a police officer, and when it comes to confronting a subject suffering from a mental illness or other behavioral issues, knowledge of the subject’s state of mind could help the officer de-escalate a possibly explosive situation. Now, Kern County is using technology to help with that.
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Dec 4

Cal OES Guidelines May Help Inform Emergency Alerting, Evacuations

New guidelines required by the state and developed by the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services should offer best practices for emergency alerting and evacuation during disasters such as wildfires like the Camp Fire.
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Nov 30

Network Uses Infrared, Data, Servers and Cloud to Spot Wildfires

A network of infrared cameras, linked to servers and the cloud, is being used across California's forests as an early warning system to try to prevent the fast-moving wildfires that have plagued the state in the last couple of years.
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Nov 21

Santa Ana School District Uses Ambit Two-Way Messaging System During Drill

The emergency operations center was fully activated during the Great Southern California Shakeout and personnel were tested for ‘stress inoculation’ as information poured into the EOC from users with mobile apps reporting on fires and evacuations.
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Mar 22

Bridging the Seismology Gap in L.A.

Lucy Jones’ expertise put Los Angeles on the road to enlightened earthquake policy.
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Mar 30

Developing Preparedness and Recovery Plans with Design Thinking

San Francisco uses the concept of sampling before finishing the final product.
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Nov 24

Can 'Security in Depth' Help Patrol California Borders?

Paul Stockton, the former assistant secretary of defense for Homeland Defense and Americas’ Security Affairs, discusses the strategy of "security in depth."
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