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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 […]