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Subject: Re: [egov] Countermeasures for Epidemic of Congressional Ignorance?

Duane -

This does not fulfill all the requirements you have listed, but there is a 
project called EPAD that is a step in the right direction 
http://www.comcare.org/projects/epad.html The following is the vision for 

EPAD-Emergency Provider Access Directory
There is currently no accurate, comprehensive printed or electronic 
directory of telephone numbers, Internet addresses, street addresses and 
other relevant contact information for all federal, state and local 
emergency response agencies in the U.S. This is a critical missing link in 
the infrastructure of the emergency response community in America that 
impairs the ability of these agencies to respond to individual or mass 

Quick and appropriate response to crisis situations affecting both 
individuals and communities can be accelerated through a shared electronic 
Emergency Provider Access Directory (EPAD). EPAD is a non-proprietary 
directory, containing full agency contact information that will be made 
available to all qualified public and private emergency response providers 
in the nation. Rather than telling each agency what incident data they will 
get and how, the EPAD will empower emergency response agencies by letting 
them register:

  a.. How they want information delivered: Up-to-date computer, telephone 
and fax numbers, addresses, jurisdictional boundary information, and an 
information "sheet" for all emergency response and related agencies such as 
hospitals, law enforcement and transportation agencies, emergency management 
agencies, telephone carriers, telematics service providers, and the like;
  a.. What information they want delivered: The type of information, the 
kinds of incidents, that they want to hear about;
  a.. For what areas they want notification for each kind of incident alert.

EPAD will also list appropriate emergency contact information for private 
entities which are able to notify the public at large.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Duane Nickull" <dnickull@adobe.com>
To: "Rex Brooks" <rexb@starbourne.com>; <huml@lists.oasis-open.org>; 
<emergency@lists.oasis-open.org>; <egov@lists.oasis-open.org>; 
Sent: Monday, September 19, 2005 1:20 PM
Subject: RE: [egov] Countermeasures for Epidemic of Congressional Ignorance?

> Rec:
> Sadly, in a previous company we proposed an architecture to the Canadian
> Government (prior to being acquired by Adobe) for a low costs system
> that would have helped alleviate some of the problems from this type of
> emergency.
> While dwelling on the past is important to learn lessons, I also think
> it is important to look forward and take action.  The proposed system
> was  registry based and would allow government and civilian entities to
> register the following via easy to use web forms:
> 1. What types of events they wish to be notified about and when.
> Example: If there is a landslide in the Rocky Mountains that blocks a
> public highway, notify me since I am a civilian trucking company and I
> need to know this to reroute my trucks or "Tell me about potential
> hurricanes 48 hours in advance since I have to collect and evacuate
> elderly people".
> 2. A list of anything they have that they would make available during an
> emergency. Example: I have a diesel generator and 200 gallons of fuel in
> my backyard
> 3. Details of any services they are prepared to offer during an
> emergency (example: I have a chainsaw and can help cut through fallen
> trees.
> 4. Details of how they can be contacted in an emergency including backup
> plans in case no infrastructure exists (example: If the phones are out,
> I will be at the corner of Haight & Ashbury.
> 5. Workflows and procedures for emergency workers to take.
> The idea is that everyone who has a stake in a situation would have a
> chance to play a role.  Agencies from local governments to international
> relief workers could all use it.
> The architecture is public record since it was submitted to the GoC as
> an RFI proposal.  Anyone interested in seeing it or making use of it
> please let me know and I can forward it to them.
> I think systems like this would only cost around CAD $100,000 to
> implement and probably minimal $$ to keep operational.  A bargain
> compared to the chaos that can result when things go wrong.
> The architecture used the OASIS CAP and the ebXML Registry/Repository
> standards along with other web service standards.
> Anyone want to build it?
> Duane
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Rex Brooks [mailto:rexb@starbourne.com]
> Sent: Monday, September 19, 2005 8:06 AM
> To: huml@lists.oasis-open.org; emergency@lists.oasis-open.org;
> egov@lists.oasis-open.org; sia-pilot6@humanml.cim3
> Subject: [egov] Countermeasures for Epidemic of Congressional Ignorance?
> Hi Everyone,
> Please excuse the inept and mangled metaphors, but I think I have a
> concussion from being hit by this um, fiscal responsibility?
> I note this with considerable dismay since it looks a lot like we
> suddenly discovered that we are hemorrhaging from a leg so we are
> going to amputate our right arm as if we could somehow save the blood
> in that arm or keep it from flowing out our gashed leg. Let's ignore
> how much work that arm could do, for things like, well, tying a
> tourniquet around the wound from which we are actually bleeding?
> http://fcw.com/article90814-09-16-05-Web&newsletter%3Dyes
> Better idea. Let's rescind the minimum wage and hire all those
> displaced refugees, oops, no, they're called.... what was it? Ah yes,
> evacuees. How much more civilized can you get? I never thought
> ignorance was contagious till now.
> Rex
> -- 
> Rex Brooks
> President, CEO
> Starbourne Communications Design
> GeoAddress: 1361-A Addison
> Berkeley, CA 94702
> Tel: 510-849-2309
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