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09/30/2022
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New emergency-alert guidance after hurricanes rip through coast

In the wake of Hurricane Fiona, and as Hurricane Ian rips through Florida, the Federal Communications Commission on Thursday urged broadcasters and managers of emergency alert systems to stop transmitting alerts from legacy systems and switch to its newer internet-based system. The FCC announced updates on Thursday to its Emergency Alert System designed to improve the accuracy of alerts shared on TV and radio. Keeping communication networks open and ensuring they deliver accurate information can save lives, FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel said.   Lindsay McKenzie reports.


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L.A. controller publishes emergency readiness maps

Los Angeles Controller Ron Galperin on Thursday announced his office has published a new set of dynamic maps and resources designed to prepare residents for emergencies. “It includes a whole variety of different places that people can go in the case of an emergency, and we look at a whole variety of different ways in which people can be better prepared for an emergency, and some of that we also map,” Galperin told StateScoop. “There’s a lot of different ways in which, unfortunately, we need to be prepared.” Colin Wood has more.


New Illinois office boosts contracts for women- and minority-owned IT vendors

Illinois CIO Jennifer Ricker this year established a new Office of Supplier Diversity, dedicated to helping the state Department of Innovation and Technology meet an annual goal of awarding at least 20% of its contracting money to woman- and minority-owned vendors. “Procurement’s a challenge generally, I don’t think that’s a secret,” Ricker said in an interview. “Even more so if you’re a smaller firm trying to get into the government space, particularly in technology where it’s dominated by pretty big players.” In an average year, Illinois awards between $150 million and $200 million in IT contracts. Benjamin Freed had the story.


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