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3-D cameras purchased to enhance emergency responses, public safety
The next dimension in emergency planning has arrived. Using about $140,000 in Homeland Security funds, local officials have purchased two high-tech cameras that can record and plot 3-D digital images that will serve as blueprints in emergency situations.
Leaders in New York and New Jersey defend shutdown for a blizzard that wasn't
The New York Times
It was an unprecedented step for what became, in New York City, a common storm: For the first time in its 110-year history, the subway system was shut down because of snow. Transit workers, caught off guard by the shutdown that Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced, scrambled to grind the network to a halt within hours.
Open data, civic hacking and data-driven government
By Danielle Wegert
Did you know that the government can track potholes using smartphone technology? This is just one way local governments are taking advantage of the enormous amount of data collected and supplied through open data. But according to a panel of experts at the Data Innovation Day session "Open Data, Civic Hacking, and Data-Driven Government," there are plenty of other ways civic entities are using data.
Michigan State Police testing unmanned aircraft 'to support public safety'
Michigan State Police via WNDU-TV
The Michigan State Police is working with the Federal Aviation Administration to become one of the first police agencies in the nation to obtain statewide authorization to fly an Unmanned Aircraft System to support public safety efforts.
Law enforcement officials want police-tracking app disabled
Law enforcement is concerned that the popular Waze mobile traffic app by Google Inc., which provides real-time road conditions, can also be used to hunt and harm police.
New research: Bad weather warnings most effective if probability included
The public is more likely to trust and comply with bad weather warnings — such as for winter snowstorms and icy roads — if authorities give their warnings as a probability estimate, according to risk researchers. The researchers were seeking to understand why the public is likely to respond to authorities' guidance amid "false alarms." As severe storm and other disaster warnings become more frequent under climate change, new research in this field could become critical for reducing weather-related injury and death.
Preparing for the next pandemic: What will it be?
The recent Ebola outbreak has spread both disease and worry, though it wasn't a pandemic. Still, it has raised interest in what the next pandemic might be — and what can be done to either stop it or prepare for it.
Extreme weather events 2nd on 2015 global risk list: World Economic Forum
Extreme weather events are regarded as the second most prevalent threat to global stability in terms of likelihood, following interstate conflict with regional consequences, according to analysis by the World Economic Forum.
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