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Subject: Re: [emergency] Public as responders (was RE: [emergency]...PPWletter re CAP)

Well stated! I cross posted to the IF SC, because this is dead on target
with their purpose - to work with the existing, already deployed, and
widely adopted infrastructure, rather than against.

Rick: have any of your efforts and initial research into transport
started to yield some feedback here? I know, I know - its a premature
question, but I am excited to see what you guys are finding out!


On Wed, 2003-10-08 at 16:55, Art Botterell wrote:
> Thanks, John.  In addition to its intel value, that article 
> illustrates an important point:
> The majority of victim rescues after an earthquake (and in most major 
> disasters) are performed by other victims and bystanders, not by 
> official responders.  While it's necessary for administrative 
> purposes to distinguish between the response community and the larger 
> community it serves, major incidents tend to blur that boundary at 
> the practical level, especially during the first crucial hours.
> So while it's important to improve communications among "first 
> responders" (however that term is defined, and it's a controversial 
> question) that's still not the whole story.  The public is the 
> largest and most influential responder there is, and we need 
> constantly to be thinking about how it fits into our systems on those 
> days when business isn't as usual.
> - Art
> At 1:36 PM -0700 10/8/03, Aerts, John F. wrote:
> >
> >http://www.latimes.com/news/local/pilot/news/la-dpt-briefs19sep19,1,1590414.
> >story a d v e r t i s e m e n t
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >September 19, 2003
> >
> >UCI wins $9-million grant from foundation
> >
> >UC Irvine has received a $9-million grant to help shorten emergency response
> >time by improving communications between first responders to crises and
> >natural disasters.
> >
> >The award comes from the National Science Foundation, which also gave $3.5
> >million to UC San Diego for the five-year project, called "Responding to the
> >Unexpected." It will use information technology to develop organizational
> >strategies between law enforcement, fire departments and other agencies.
> >
> >It represents the largest National Science Foundation grant in UC Irvine
> >history.
> >
> >"Examples include integrating different information sources such as
> >satellite images, video and sensor data with field observations to monitor
> >the situation," UC Irvine information and computer science professor Sharad
> >Mehrotra said of the project.
> >
> >Mehrotra heads Cal-(IT)2, the two-campus science and innovation institute
> >that is managing the project. He said that the goal is to make early
> >responders into "human sensors" who could gather and distribute information
> >to reduce casualties and economic loss.
> >
> >They will test their findings with the Irvine and San Diego police
> >departments, city and county of Los Angeles and the California governor's
> >office of emergency services.
> >
> >"I am pleased to see UC Irvine and its partner, UC San Diego, successfully
> >compete for federal dollars to improve our urban crisis response using
> >technological ingenuity," said Newport Beach's Rep. Chris Cox, chairman of
> >the House Homeland Security Committee.
> >
> >"Large threats call for large-scale coordination, and new technology can
> >provide critical tools to our early responders," he added.
> >
> >
> >
> >- Marisa O'Neil
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Chair, Emergency Management TC

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