Monday, September 15, 2014

EPC Updates Off-LIne This Week


EPC Updates will remain off-line the week of September 22nd due to unanticipated personal circumstances.


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Fire Hydrants to the Rescue


Realizing the lowly fire hydrant is one of the few things that can survive a disaster intact, the University of Missouri Extension has come up with a plan to leverage that circumstance for response purposes. Read below:

(University of Missouri Extension, August 27, 2014)


Taking the story above one step further, a firefighter in Florida has an idea about how to maximize the value of such efforts:

(USNG Florida)


Comment: Got Grid?

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

American Public Unplugged From Indoor Cell Phone Tracking Reality


If there was ever proof positive there is a disconnect between the public's belief's about what cell phone tracking technology can do, and reality, the latest survey by the Find Me 911 Coalition is it. 66% of survey respondents errantly believe a cell phone when used inside a building can provide location information sufficiently accurate to bring an emergency response to the correct address. According to Jamie Barnett, Director of the Find Me 911 Coalition and former Chief of the FCC’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau, “Unfortunately, the carriers have chosen cheaper, less-effective location technologies, and people are dying because emergency responders can’t find them."  Details below:

(GPS World, 26 August 2014)


Comment: With each passing year, more and more Americans have unplugged their hard wired phone and have come to rely on a cell phone as their only phone, thereby increasing the significance of this reality gap over time. Kudos to the Find Me 911 Coalition for its efforts to bring this issue into the public's attention.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Blimps Over Baltimore


We've been tuned into this story for the past couple of years. Now, what were once conceptual discussions about using lighter-than-air craft to protect the nation's capital and surrounding East Coast cities, has become approaching reality. Later this year two JLENS (Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor System) aerostats will be sent aloft from the U.S. Army's Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Maryland, and privacy watchdogs are not happy.

(Washington Post, September 3, 2014)


Comment: The privacy issue has bubbled to the top as predicted, and my opinion about that circumstance remains unchanged.  See: 

(EPC Updates, July 29, 2013)


Photo credit: U.S. Army

Friday, September 5, 2014

First Friday Top Five: July 2014


Hard to believe isn't it? The kids are already back in school and once again it's the first Friday of the month. Which means winter is just around the corner (at least in Minnesota) and it's time to review the top five posts for the month that's two back. So while you are taking a gander at the suggested reading list, I'll be making sure my snow-blower is still working after having three months off....

1. ) DoD to Use Open Source Mapping for Humanitarian Crisis Response Missions, July 28



Here's Hoping Your Weekend Is a Fun Filled Recess From Work!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

FEMA Disaster Reporter


According to the home page for FEMA's crowd sourcing app Disaster Reporter: 
The purpose of the FEMA Disaster Reporter is to crowdsource and share disaster-related information for events occurring within the United States, allowing citizens, first responders, emergency managers, community response & recovery teams, and others to view and contribute information on a publicly accessible map.
To check it out, use the link below:



Comment: Kudos to FEMA for making this app available. Hopefully, as time goes forward app use will increase substantially beyond the current "All Time" number of mapped reports shown above.