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GAO: FEMA can't measure preparedness - yet

By definition, states would be overwhelmed by a major disaster. Is FEMA ready to step in? GAO's William Jenkins says they have no idea.

Tags: Federal Drive , GAO , disaster preparedness , William Jenkins , Suzanne Kubota

Friday - 03/25/2011, 10:41am EDT
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Interagency team mobilizes in Japan disaster response

David Silverberg, editor of Homeland Security Today, has an update on the mission to Tokyo.

Tags: David Silverberg , Homeland Security Today , DHS , Japan , earthquake , tsunami , Energy , HHS , NRC , Dorobek Insider

Monday - 03/14/2011, 02:07pm EDT
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FEMA sparks up a new mobile lifeline

FEMA's new mobile Web site, m.fema.gov, has launched. The mobile Web site makes it easier to access critical information regarding emergency preparedness and what to do before and after a disaster right on a smartphone, according to Director of External Affairs, Brent Colburn.

Tags: Federal Drive , smart phone , phone application , Brent Colburn

Tuesday - 05/04/2010, 10:53am EDT
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Interoperability: surmounting the Tower of Babel

Expectations clash with reality on Capital Hill on the issue of emergency communications interoperability.

Tags: mngt , DHS , David Boyd , David Price , Hal Rogers , interoperability , communications , emergency management

Wednesday - 03/18/2009, 07:19am EDT
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FEMA, FCC schedule first nationwide emergency alert test

The first presidential emergency alert testing will take place to ensure notifications systems are operating to keep Americans informed during emergencies.

Tags: FCC , Emergency Alert System , technology , Courtney Thompson

Thursday - 06/09/2011, 05:12pm EDT

Critical needs first in DHS IT modernization

A day after the Department of Homeland Security cancelled its $450 million contract to modernize and unify its backoffice IT systems, the department's acting CFO told Congress DHS will focus first on modernizing the infrastructure of the department's components that are severely out of date. A new strategy for an integrated, departmentwide system has yet to be determined, she said.

Tags: technology , contracting , industry , DHS , GAO , financial management , TASC , bid protest , Congress , Peggy Sherry , Coast Guard , Immigration and Customs Enforcement , Jared Serb

Monday - 05/16/2011, 07:29am EDT
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FEMA denies Va.'s request for aid following tornadoes

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has denied Gov. Bob McDonnel's request for federal disaster aid for those affected by the April tornadoes.

Tags: tornadoes , Bob McDonnell

Saturday - 05/07/2011, 02:32pm EDT

IG: FEMA's technology ineffective for disasters

The Federal Emergency Management Agency's existing information technology systems does not support disaster response activities effectively.

Tags: inspector general , IT , technology , disaster response

Wednesday - 04/20/2011, 03:35pm EDT
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