First Responder

Wildfires Are So Dangerous Now that the National Guard Prepares for Them Like Hurricanes

For West Coast units, there’s no wildfire season anymore. ‘It’s really a fire year now,’ top general says.

Agencies Ramp Up COVID-19 Deployments Again to Address Outbreaks

White House launches “surge response teams” just as agencies were starting to bring back federal personnel.

An Expert on Search and Rescue Robots Explains the Technologies Used in Disasters Like the Florida Condo Collapse

Such tech can be useful tools but can be cost-prohibitive for public safety agencies.

How TikTok Is Upending Workplace Social Media Policies – and Giving Us Rebel Nurses and Dancing Cops

Even the most innocuous videos likely violate standard corporate social media policies.

Google Offering Near Real-Time Maps of Wildfire Boundaries

The company’s announcement comes as destructive fires are burning in a number of western states.

Energy Department, Microsoft Set Up Consortium to Produce AI-Enabled Tools for First Responders

At least ten partners from across the government, industry and academia have already signed on.

E-Marketplaces in the Time of COVID-19

E-marketplaces also can direct limited, critical supplies to those who need it most.

How Peer-to-Peer Texting Could Play a Role in Disaster and Pandemic Response

RumbleUp, an app previously tapped by Republican campaigns, is now available through FirstNet.

Report: Agencies Should Turn to AI Before Disaster Strikes

But government agency-led applications have much room for improvement.

DHS Wants to Know What the Public Thinks About Using Drones During Emergencies

A forthcoming survey will ask people about their knowledge of unmanned aerial systems and how they are used, and their opinions on the ethical implications.

Federal Researchers Create 'Second Skin' to Shield Against Biological Threats

The material shields wearers from chemical and biological agents and could pave the way to smart uniforms for troops and first responders.

Above-Average Hurricane Season Could Further Challenge Government's Pandemic Response

Technology may be key in ensuring the government responds to disasters on multiple fronts, a retired U.S. Army General said.

How Companies, Governments and People Rise to the Conoravirus Challenge

Here are some good examples, both big and small, that make the world a little brighter while we combat coronavirus.