Index > Intelligence & Situational Awareness: Reports
Congressional Testimony on ReadyCommunities Partnership initiatives and Crisis Response Officer
This report, released by ESRI, discusses ways to push information to the user instead of the traditional method of pulling information. Having incoming information changes the dynamic of the recipient in relation to the data allowing for a greater situational awareness opportunity. During times of crisis, having greater situational awareness through geographically-based information can help emergency response operations immensely.
The Predict and Prevent initiative was begun by Google to address the increasingly globalized economy, global climate change, and the challenges facing the international health community. Pandemic outbreaks in some of the world's poorest countries poses a unique challenge requiring quick response to identify, confirm, contain and mitigate outbreaks as they unfold.
As the climate changes in many parts of the world, the Oxford Research Group has looked into the role of law enforcement and its relationship in responding to potentially dwindling resources, strains on one population migrating in neighboring communities and how to mitigate crises.
Neutral Tandem's white paper deals with the "bottlenecks" created in the nation's communications infrastructure using local exchange carriers (LEC). Neutral Tandem has said that its solution to introduce an independent tandem infrastructure "is essential to homeland security ... [and] is available to the public at no cost to taxpayers."
**NB** Some pictures in this report may appear dark because of compression. To download the original report (5.6 Mb) you can visit this link: http://www.iclei.org/documents/USA/download/0709climateGUIDEweb.pdf
This report released by the ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability - addressing the steps all sizes of communities can take to help incorporate changing climate patterns into their overall preparedness and response systems. Topics include possible pandemic, drought, severe storms and emergency response challenges and possible solutions.
The technology provided by Syniverse has helped to establish a working platform for communications capabilities to broadcast wirelessly information about a stolen or lost child.
This Government Accountability Report, released in April 2007, found that between 2003 and 2005, $2.15 billion in federal money was given to states and local governments to help them upgrade existing communications equipment. However, in the report, researchers found no national guidelines in place which would help to focus state and local efforts on coordinating spending and upgrading practices to build a more cohesive interoperable network.
This RAND Corporation report can be used as a supplemental to the Gilmore Commission reports released in a series from 1998 to 2001. This is a survey of state and local preparedness in the face of terrorism. The report looks at the impacts of 9/11 on local and regional terrorism preparedness and the ways that towns and communities are working, or not working to prepare themselves against the threat.
The National Animal ID System is a voluntary project overseen by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. It is voluntary and seeks to create a working and flexible database so that farmers can register their livestock to help government officials track the possible spread of infectious diseases. This is a progress report for 2004 - 2006.
A memorandum released by the Office of Management and Budget outlining federal guidelines to help increase the level of federal cybersecurity.
Information-sharing among maritime federal agencies such as the Coast Guard are working to improve their effectiveness as well as the reduction of stove-piping-type practices which would restrict the flow of information from one agency to another thus hindering security and best practices improvements.
The Hospital Incident Command System was developed in 1992 in Orange County, California and tested by six hospitals as a generic disaster response plan for hospitals and their staffs. Since then it has evolved into a more complex emergency management system used all over the U.S.
A guide into the workings, definitions and details of homeland security intelligence collection, dissemination and relative importance for governmental agencies, as well as between the various layers of federal, state and local governments.
After the earthquakes struck Hawaii in 2006, communications lines, as well as the power grid, succumbed to massive amounts of damage cutting government and responders' ability to communicate. Media officials had a hard time sending out messages as well while most of the islands' communities were without power for some time. This is a report looking into ways to mitigating earthquake damage and an assessment of the response.
A report released by the Department of Homeland Security's Inspector General has found that information-sharing among the agencies inside the Homeland Security Information Network could be strengthened. That finding came after interviews with federal officials in the Office of Intelligence and Analysis and the Office of Operations Coordination among others.
The Cato Institute released this report on data mining to investigate the implications of U.S. intelligence agencies using the practice to reduce the threat of terrorism. The report found that though there are uses for data mining, "it is not suited to the terrorist discovery problem."
A GAO investigation testing the U.S.' border security found that small amounts of radioactive sources were able to be smuggled across the border. The amount of radioactive material was enough to make a "dirty bomb" that would spew toxic radiation over a community.
The National Strategy for Homeland Security, released in July 2002, outlined the initial move by the federal government to establish a national network dedicated to protecting and preparing the U.S. against the threat of a terrorist attack or a large-scale natural disaster. The creation of the Department of Homeland Security amalgamated more than 22 pre-existing federal agencies under one aegis.
The National Response Plan was released in 2004. It outlines the process and fundamental guidelines for the communication and coordination of federal, state and local emergency management operations. In the words of DHS, the plan "establishes a comprehensive all-hazards approach to enhance the ability of the United States to manage domestic incidents."
Highway Watch is a program designed to increase the security and safety of America's roadways as well as helping in assisting the highway sector in preparing to respond to the threat of terrorism and natural disasters. To complement Highway Watch, and educational center was established in 2004 through a partnership between the Mississippi State University and Highway Watch.
Evacuation of transportation-disadvantaged populations: GAO report released December 2006.
International Fire Chief Mutual Aid for integration with the National Incident Management System
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