Why AI might be the most under-used emergency response tool
A new report from Microsoft makes a case for why emergency management agencies should be doing more with artificial intelligence.
Esri announces FEMA data-sharing portal for pandemic response
The mapping technology company Esri is encouraging agencies at all levels of government to share data related to pandemic response efforts on the new platform.
Next-generation 911 standards pact coaxes international cooperation
Groups from North America and Europe have agreed to use similar standards, which could mean better interoperability and coordination of research.
How Texas used its disaster playbook after a huge ransomware attack
The Lone Star State was the latest respond to a ransomware attack by making it a statewide emergency.
Louisiana declares emergency over cyberattacks targeting schools
Three school districts in the state were hacked, leading Gov. John Bel Edwards to issue an emergency declaration similar to one following a natural disaster.
States need cyber disruption response plans, NGA says
State governments need to assemble plans for treating cyberattacks more like disasters, a new paper by the National Governors Association recommends.
San Jose first to implement FirstNet citywide
San Jose, California, will equip 10 agencies — including police, fire and environmental services — with devices that run on the new network for public-safety communications.
911 call centers get a map to look up other call centers
It's a visual upgrade to a decades-old database that also comes with hooks for modern applications to share data that helps smooth emergency response.
Why New York City spent a year converting its 500-page hazard plan into a website
Officials say the paper version of its plan was "hard to digest" and went unchanged for years at a time.