What We're Talking About This Week - May 10th

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The public safety communications network FirstNet reached new usage milestones, reaching 50 percent buildout with 600,000 devices. The demands of public safety require UAS drones, training and certifications that are up to the job. In Pennsylvania, the state has provided $40million in competitive school safety grants, meant to improve security across districts. According to Campus Safety Magazine, there are 4 security operations center design factors which mazimize officer productivity. With wildfire season on the horizon, a California hackathon will look for tech-driven solutions to state's deadly wildfires. 

Key Points:

  • Computer engineers, public safety officials and students from across California will convene Saturday for a one-day hackathon aimed at developing ways to use emerging technologies to combat the state’s wildfirefire season
  • The teams participating in the hackathon will try to come up with uses for artificial intelligence, machine learning, cloud computing and blockchain, with a specific focus on public health and accessibility in a natural disaster
  • Also on hand will be Fremont Mayor Lily Mei and members of the city’s fire department, who were part of a massive response to the Camp Fire last November, which killed 85 people and torched 153,336 acres to become the worst wildfire in the state’s history
  • State officials have sought to make better use of technology in combatting the infernos and assisting victims. For example, the California Health and Human Services Agency standardized its data-reporting policies for the different types of facilities it regulates in order to build a single database and GIS-enabled map to help officials figure out which locations needed to be evacuated first 

This Week From The Rave Team 

Read some of the stories our writers were most excited to share with you this week. To access all of our stories, check out our blog

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What Makes a Comprehensive Hospital Emergency Management Team?

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How the Measles Outbreak Affects School Safety

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Rave In The News

In Illinois, the Wilmette police have launched a new 911 cellphone program that provides first reponders with instant information. The Smart911 program gives residents the chance to provide first responders and dispatchers with potentially life-saving informatoin when they dial 911 from their cellphones. The free service allows residents to set up personal profiles detailing basic information, including their name, address and phone number, as well as relaying details of preexisting medical conditions or other special needs. Residents can also request that the Smart911 system send text messages to their cell phone relaying emergency weather alerts, and village information, such as water boil orders. 

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Mary Kate McGrath

Written by Mary Kate McGrath

Mary Kate is a content specialist and social media manager for the Rave Mobile Safety team. She writes about public safety for the state & local and education spheres.


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