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Basic Services, Emergency Services

Louisiana selects Rave Mobile Safety for emergency alerting service

July 13, 2022

Via: StateScoop

Rave Mobile Safety, which makes software for public safety and emergency management agencies, announced Wednesday it was recently selected by Louisiana to power a statewide public alerting system. The company will provide Louisiana services through the Integrated Public Alert and […]


Basic Services, Emergency Services

Firm picked to provide California’s NG911 emergency alerts

March 1, 2022

Via: StateScoop

The public-safety tech firm Rave Mobile Safety announced Monday that it’s been selected as California’s provider for emergency mass notifications amid a statewide project to upgrade its 911 system. Rave’s cloud-based platform is now available to hundreds of public-safety agencies […]


Basic Services, Emergency Services

States need boost for 911 networks and staffing, analysts say

November 23, 2021

Via: StateScoop

Emergency call centers across the nation are “doing a good job” upgrading to modern technology compatible with next-generation 911, but the core infrastructure backing those systems needs a boost, according to a recent analysis from the public-safety consulting firm Mission […]


Basic Services, Emergency Services

CISA issues third emergency directive since SolarWinds

April 21, 2021

Via: FCW

Hours after warning that government agencies have been affected by vulnerabilities found in a piece of virtual private networking software, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency issued its third emergency directive in five months to civilian federal agencies. The new […]


Basic Services, Electric Utility, Emergency Services, Other Utilities, Public Utilities

California’s Latest Demand-Side Emergency Plan Draws Criticism From Providers

March 10, 2021

Via: Greentech Media

“Disappointing.” That’s how a range of clean energy advocates and demand response providers are describing the California Public Utilities Commission’s latest plan to prevent a repeat of the state’s August 2020 rolling blackouts this coming summer. The proposed decision (PDF) […]


Basic Services, Emergency Services, Health & Insurance, Social Services

‘It Doesn’t Feel Worth It’: Covid Is Pushing New York’s EMTs to the Brink

February 24, 2021

Via: Kaiser Health News

In his 17 years as an emergency medical provider, Anthony Almojera thought he had seen it all. “Shootings, stabbings, people on fire, you name it,” he said. Then came covid-19. Before the pandemic, Almojera said it was normal to respond […]


Basic Services, Emergency Services, Health & Insurance, Social Services

Does the arrival of urgent care centers reduce the acuity of visits at nearby EDs?

February 18, 2021

Via: Healthcare Economist

Urgent care centers are on the rise. Back in 2013, there were only 6,100, but this number increased to 9,616 by late 2019 a 7.9% average annual increase. The rise of urgent care could have positive or negative impacts on […]


Basic Services, Emergency Services

Nebraska plans to complete next-generation 911 by end of 2022

February 4, 2021

Via: StateScoop

The State of Nebraska plans to complete its deployment of next-generation 911 by the end of next year, a public safety official there told StateScoop on Thursday. Following a competitive procurement process, Nebraska last month awarded telecommunications contractor Lumen an […]


Basic Services, Emergency Services, Health & Insurance, Social Services

Surprise! Congress Takes Steps to Curb Unexpected Medical Bills

December 22, 2020

Via: Kaiser Health News

Most Americans tell pollsters they’re worried about being able to afford an unexpected medical bill. Late Monday, Congress passed a bill to allay some of those fears. The measure is included in a nearly 5,600-page package providing coronavirus economic relief […]


Basic Services, Emergency Services

EPA Wraps Up Hazardous Waste Clean-Up from Oregon’s Almeda Fire

November 9, 2020

Via: Waste360

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has completed nearly 90 percent of the clean-up of the hazardous household waste from Oregon’s Almeda Fire. However, two-thirds of property owners have not completed the necessary Right of Entry forms for the clean-up to […]


Basic Services, Emergency Services

Gov. Cuomo proposes bill to ‘dramatically increase penalties’ for NY utility storm response failures

October 30, 2020

Via: Utility Dive

New York utilities are coping with the remnants of Hurricane Zeta and say they are always working to improve storm response. At the same time, the state is considering stricter penalties for potential failures. “After every storm we look for […]


Basic Services, Emergency Services

As California burns, buggy alerting software ails emergency offices

August 25, 2020

Via: StateScoop

As wildfires continue tearing through California, two northern counties on Tuesday reported technical problems with the emergency alerting platforms used to warn the public. In Northern California, where the still-raging LNU Lightning Complex fire has burned through 352,000 acres and […]


Basic Services, Emergency Services

Financially stressed by outbreak, fire departments foray into digital

March 27, 2020

Via: StateScoop

As the novel coronavirus closes down schools and businesses around the country, essential first responders and firefighters on the front lines of relief efforts have embraced digital communication and data-sharing software to stay safe and efficient, according to several local […]


Basic Services, Emergency Services

EPA’s Final Regional Haze Guidance Highlights State Discretion, Flexibility

August 22, 2019

Via: PowerMag

New guidance issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Aug. 20 to help states prepare for the second implementation period of the federal regional haze program puts emphasis on “discretion and flexibilities” they can use to comply with long-standing […]


Basic Services, Emergency Services

MPs slam Home Office over troubled Emergency Services Network programme

July 17, 2019

Via: ComputerWeekly

The Home Office project to build a new communications network for the emergency services faces “substantial levels of risk”, and further delays and cost increases are “inevitable”, according to a highly critical report by MPs. The Emergency Services Network (ESN) […]


Basic Services, Emergency Services

California tees up wildfire liability bill as utility, consumer groups diverge on solutions

July 3, 2019

Via: Utility Dive

The California legislature will attempt to pass AB 1054 in a week, but opposition is bubbling up that could complicate the governor’s preferred schedule. Attorneys representing wildfire victims say the legislation should be tabled or rewritten to include more consumer […]


Basic Services, Emergency Services

California approved utility wildfire plans. The next step is to see if they’re working

June 18, 2019

Via: Utility Dive

California’s wildfire season is only weeks old, but already PG&E has utilized the new Public Safety Power Shutoff capabilities included in mitigation plans. Looking ahead, regulators say they need to develop tools that can help determine whether or not the […]


Basic Services, Emergency Services

Rejecting the ‘new normal,’ California eyes technology solutions to wildfire risks

May 2, 2019

Via: Utility Dive

California is a global leader in technology, so it stands to reason that we’re focusing more on technological solutions to help overcome the growing threat from frequent and deadly wildfires. Over the past two years, California has endured a number […]


Basic Services, Emergency Services, Health & Insurance, Social Services

Hospitals Scramble To Find Alternatives To Medications As Drug Shortages Persist

July 2, 2018

Via: Kaiser Health News

Hospitals and ER departments nationwide are coming up short when they need drugs such as morphine. “So many substances are short, and we’re dancing every shift,” said Dr. James Augustine, a doctor in Cincinnati.” In other public health news: palliative […]


Basic Services, Electric Utility, Emergency Services, Public Utilities

A New Challenge for Disaster Zones: Driving an Electric Evacuation

December 26, 2017

Via: Greentech Media

When Florida Gov. Rick Scott told residents “you need to go right now,” as Hurricane Irma barreled toward the state, many were able to jump in their cars and leave. An estimated 3 million people took to the highways, creating […]