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Subject: RE: [emergency] Public as responders (was RE: [emergency]...PPW l etter re CAP)

I have been so wrapped up in the Broadcast Media discussion that I 
almost missed this. I hope that this is the sort of concern we can 
take up in the public comment period after we release CAP but now it 
seems moot until that issue gets some kind of resolution since we 
might not vote to release CAP, even though we had agreed to a 
Committee Specification status back before the demonstration at the 
Global Homeland Security Conference last month.

This particular concern strikes me as something that should be added 
to the list of items for consideration in v1.1 of CAP, if that is 
even the correct place for it. I am beginning to think that Broadcast 
Media ought to take compatibility with CAP as a priority 
consideration for requirement in its own standard because I don't 
think that any public service use of Broadcast Assets can be 
separated from the quagmire of patents and royalties and when you add 
liability considerations by even thinking about conferring official 
Emergency Management Asset status on members of the public it just 
grows more thorns.

And, if we really need to focus on obtaining RFP-Requirement status 
in governmental solicitations dealing with life and death issues, 
then it really might be best to duck this whole area in favor of 
fielding a standard that can stand up to large liability concerns.


At 9:04 AM -0500 10/9/03, Bullard, Claude L (Len) wrote:
>Right.  This thread confuses me because it seems to indicate
>that civilian responders might be providing information directly
>to the public broadcast media and while that can happen, it is
>not typically part of emergency response asset management although,
>as in the case of citizens band and other weather disaster monitoring,
>it can be part of the warning and tracking reporting to the news
>outlets.  I'd be somewhat wary of an official sounding alert message
>that goes directly from the public to the public through the broadcast
>media.  That isn't what is being suggested is it?
>From: Poindexter, Gary W (BearingPoint)
>Identifying assets and their
>attributes is essential. Identifying a path or multiple paths to/from an
>asset is essential. How an asset is used in an emergency situation is not a
>standards issue.
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