- Sheriff: People Want 'Someone To Pay' For Deadly Wildfire (The DenverChannel.com - angry victims)
- Questions Remain About Reverse Emergency Alert System During Lower North Fork Fire (9News.com - numerous videos)
- Mapping Glitch Blamed For No Colorado Fire Warnings (Boston.com - Google maps in the mix)
- Colorado Wildfire: Mapping Glitch Blamed For Failure To Alert Some Residents To Wildfire (Associated Press - best overall article)
- Jefferson County Emergency Communications Authority (JCECA) – Summary of FirstCall Conference Call (Transcript of official plan for short term corrective action)
7 News Video (Denver):
9News Video (Denver):
Comment: "Gee, you sure posted a lot of links and other stuff about this fire. Don't you think that was a little overkill?" Nope, the overkill is exactly the point. Make a mistake the public will find out about when it comes to using geospatial in an emergency management situation, and just plan on that mistake being magnified in the press many times over because "where" is at the root of every response. And, for anybody who thinks I'm picking on Colorado with this discussion - truth be known, I'd instead say if this issue came forward in the Denver region, it can happen ANYWHERE in the nation - including Minnesota. That's because Denver has one of the nation's most advanced geospatial communities, as well as a technologically "with it" Public Safety sector. Yet, here we find Google Map locations used to reference cell phone number locations, and a reverse call system built using a different database than the one being used by dispatch centers - and with no apparent effort to cross-check them until after the fire. Yup, we have a national problem - one that needs national leadership!
For more on generic 9-1-1 problems, see: The 9-1-1 Carnage Continues....
Lead photo credit: Denver Post