How Emergency Management Can Be Improved With Technology


By Charles Castelly, Analyst

While state and local governments continue to provide resources to address the current pandemic, many will also have to manage emergency response on a second front. Recent natural disasters around the country, such as earthquakes, wildfires and hurricanes, are placing even more of a strain on already over-taxed state and local governments.

Technology is a crucial element of emergency response efforts — from the radios and broadband networks employed by first responders to the communications systems used to share information with the public. State and local governments will be even more reliant on technology now, during these natural disasters to quickly administer emergency response – as they continue to lessen the impact of the current pandemic.

Here’s how the vendor community can help government be prepared to respond to any natural disaster. Read more of this post

3 Challenges Lead to Many Opportunities at DHS

Tomas OKeefe_65x85by Tomas O’Keefe, Senior Analyst

The Department of Homeland Security released its second Quadrennial Homeland Security Review (QHSR) on June 18, 2014. The QHSR outlines the broad strategic goals of the department over the next four years and is key for technology vendors to be aware of when having conversations with high-level DHS officials. You won’t find information on the next incoming wave of DHS requirements per se, but you’ll find the objectives that are going to inform the types of technology the department is going to look for over the next four years and beyond.

The department has updated its five homeland security missions that were articulated in the first QSHR, and for 2014 they are:

  • Prevent Terrorism and Enhance Security
  • Secure and Manage Our Borders
  • Enforce and Administer Our Immigration Laws
  • Safeguard and Secure Cyberspace
  • Strengthen National Preparedness and Resilience

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