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November 28, 2012
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  Making the Call 
  • New York City emergency officials take stock after Sandy
    Superstorm Sandy brought unprecedented challenges for emergency management officials and first responders in New York City who had to deal with severe flooding, fires, a crippled subway system and power outages. Officials are talking about what changes might be made to better prepare for the next disaster, especially as it relates to hospitals, nursing homes and vulnerable neighborhoods. Daily News (New York) (11/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Wind farms present challenges to Ohio first responders
    Emergency responders in Urbana, Ohio, are learning about the operations of wind turbines and generating facilities, but Fire Chief Mark Keller told the Ohio Power Siting Board they do not have the equipment or training to conduct a rescue at the top of a turbine. During a hearing on the Buckeye Wind II project, 9-1-1 Dispatch Center Director Mindy North said she was concerned turbines could interfere with cellphone signals and emergency communication towers. Urbana Daily Citizen (Ohio) (11/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Making the Most of Parcel Boundary Data
For a growing list of industries, the importance and widening use of parcel boundary and property data continues to grow. Thankfully, alternatives to traditional parcel acquisition efforts are now available through cost-effective and ready to use solutions. Read our guide to smart decision-making using parcel boundary data
  Policy Pulse 
  • FCC hearings to explore improvements in emergency communications
    The Federal Communications Commission said it will hold hearings across the country next year on how to avoid widespread communications outages among first responders, other emergency officials and the public during emergencies such as Superstorm Sandy. FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said while 9-1-1 systems mostly remained operational during the storm, the hearing will look for new technologies that might make them more effective during disasters. (Hackensack, N.J.)/The Associated Press (11/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Ala. emergency communications district sues over 9-1-1 fees
    The Huntsville-Madison County Emergency Communications District in Alabama has filed a lawsuit against Knology to force it to pay 9-1-1 emergency fees on every phone capable of calling 9-1-1. The case is similar to one against AT&T in 2006 that clarified questions about what constitutes a phone line, and officials say more than 100 other emergency communications districts could join the lawsuit from six other states. (Alabama) (11/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Innovation Insights 
  • Pa. launches Yellow Dot, new database for emergency information
    The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has implemented the Yellow Dot program and created a new database to allow people to enter emergency contact information to be used by first responders. Yellow Dot includes a yellow envelope to store medical and contact information inside a vehicle's glove box, and a sticker on the rear window to alert first responders. (11/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  NENA News 
  • New date for the free NENA Webinar: The 9-1-1 Call Taker's Roll in Improving Cardiac Arrest Survivability
    Presented in partnership with the Medtronic Foundation
    Friday, Dec. 14 @ 1 p.m. Eastern
    Register today for free!

    This webinar focuses on the vital role call takers and emergency dispatchers have with regard to improving survival from cardiac arrest. Cardiac arrest is one of the leading causes of death in the US and around the world. Successful resuscitation requires a team effort in which dispatch has a fundamental and important role. The presentation will review the challenges of resuscitation, the role of dispatch, and provide examples of the good and the bad demonstrating just how integral dispatch is. Time is built into the presentation for questions. Register today for free! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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