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5 trends for emergency management and public safety for 2014 and beyond
Emergency Management
Predicting the future is a tricky undertaking, but by looking at the recent past we can predict with relative certainty that these issues will come to the fore or continue to gain traction for the emergency management and public safety worlds for 2014 and beyond. Cutting the cost of recovery, assessing risk and communicating the way people prefer to communicate will continue to be the key elements of managing natural and man-made disasters.
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Map: Law enforcement agencies using drones
Governing
Drones are being deployed in a small, but growing number of state and local law enforcement operations. It was recently revealed that U.S. Customs and Border Protection has flown hundreds of domestic drone missions on behalf of other agencies, including several state and local public safety agencies. The following map shows state and local law enforcement agencies that either applied for the Federal Aviation Administration's drone authorization program or are known to have borrowed Customs and Border Protection drones for missions.
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Ohio school district introduces new mobile safety technology
Nordonia Hills News Leadre
Macedonia, Ohio-based company Foremost Safety Solutions is teaming up with a technology consultant to bring the district information sharing mobile technology geared toward making Nordonia Hills Schools safer. "We all talk about Columbine and Chardon," said Roy Meadows, CEO and founder of Foremost Safety Solutions. "We know it's dear in our hearts, but no one's telling me what we're doing about it." The new technology called SpotOnResponse, which Meadows said will be available to the district within about two months, is an application that can be accessed from smart phones, tablets, and laptop and desktop computers. Meadows introduced the program Jan. 17 at Nordonia High School before an audience of area safety forces, school officials and community members.
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NJ police prepare security for Super Bowl along coastline, other waterways near Metlife Stadium
News 12 New Jersey
Security for this year's Super Bowl isn't just limited to MetLife Stadium. New Jersey State Police are making sure they cover all of their bases covered for this year's game. When it comes to security, experts say any venue or event related to the Super Bowl could be seen as a target or threat. State police say they have two very specific spots to protect: the two team hotels in Jersey City.
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Florida bill would restrict insurers in underwriting gun owners
Claims Journal
Florida lawmakers say they want to protect policyholders’ second amendment rights to bear firearms by preventing insurers from issuing, renewing or canceling a policy based on whether the policyholder possesses a gun. The state’s Senate Banking and Insurance Committee approved a bill that would restrict an insurer inquiring whether a home or auto insured owns any firearms. State Sen. Tom Lee, R-Brandon, who is sponsoring the legislation, said it is needed to protect gun owners’ rights and privacy.
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Group ranks North Dakota, South Dakota and Montana among 11 worst states for highway safety laws
Grand Forks Herald
North Dakota and 10 other states rate as the worst in the nation when it comes to adopting basic highway safety laws, a nonprofit lobbying group says. Washington, D.C.-based Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety released its 11th annual report card grading all 50 states and the District of Columbia on whether they have adopted 15 “lifesaving” laws related to impaired and distracting driving, teen driving and protecting vehicle occupants. States received a red “dangerously behind” rating if they had adopted fewer than seven of the laws and lacked primary-enforcement seat belt laws for both front and rear passengers.
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Facial recognition technology used to curb crime
Claims Journal
She was just another face in the crowd. But when Luz Maria Amezcua-Valencia applied for a Kansas driver’s license, it was her face, and the Kansas Department of Revenue’s facial recognition software, that did her in. That software sorted through a database of millions of other photographs. It found a similar one previously submitted for a Kansas identification card issued under a different name. After analysts determined that the photographs showed the same person, investigators dug into the case. The result: a multiple-count federal identity fraud indictment against Amezcua-Valencia, who was arrested in Texas.
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Public safety officers practice cold-water rescues in suits that keep them warm in frigid conditions
MLive
Imagine leaping into Michigan's Center Lake in January, treading water, and climbing up onto the surrounding ice without the slightest chill. Buoyant yellow suits intended for cold-water rescues make this possible. The one-piece, space-like suits cover all but a person’s face and can keep people comfortable for up to six hours in water that might otherwise kill them in an hour or less.
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