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Jim McKay

Jim McKay is editor of Emergency Management.

A project using multiple data sets and lidar technology can predict and model how fires will affect specific forested areas and help balance the interests of sometimes-competing stakeholders.
The Piedmont Police Department is using automatic license plate reader technology to keep its residents safe and to find people suspected of a crime. A new transparency portal is helping residents understand how they work.
The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) is poised to deploy the second of three phases of a new modeling technology this year, to aggregate and analyze weather and fuel data, and give fire managers a model of how a fire may react in real time.
The newest earthquake early warning app, QuakeAlertUSA by Early Warning Labs, provides users in California the opportunity to set their preferred thresholds for when the app goes off. And when it does go off, it provides the user with a vibrating countdown to the real shaking.
The Vitals app will give police officers instant, critical information, including audio and video to show to the subject, on those vulnerable individuals who possess a Vitals beacon and come within 80 feet of an officer.
The San Bernardino Police Department deployed speech recognition software by Nuance Communications five months ago for its officers and detectives. The big selling point for Capt. Paul Williams, who headed the deployment, was safety.
From a three-camera network, the AlertWildfire network has grown exponentially and proven its value in pinpointing dangerous wildland blazes.
IBM's 2019 Call for Code Global Challenge asks the tech community to help save lives of people in areas vulnerable to natural disaster, like the 2018 winner, Project OWL and its incident management system.
The Chula Vista Police Department is piloting technology that uses the Samsung Galaxy smartphone to replace the traditional mobile data terminal in police vehicles.
Capable of being quickly deployed during the early days of a wildfire, this mesh network helps link authorities and enhance their situational awareness.
Situational awareness is critical for a police officer, and when it comes to confronting a subject suffering from a mental illness or other behavioral issues, knowledge of the subject’s state of mind could help the officer de-escalate a possibly explosive situation. Now, Kern County is using technology to help with that.
New guidelines required by the state and developed by the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services should offer best practices for emergency alerting and evacuation during disasters such as wildfires like the Camp Fire.
A network of infrared cameras, linked to servers and the cloud, is being used across California's forests as an early warning system to try to prevent the fast-moving wildfires that have plagued the state in the last couple of years.
The emergency operations center was fully activated during the Great Southern California Shakeout and personnel were tested for ‘stress inoculation’ as information poured into the EOC from users with mobile apps reporting on fires and evacuations.
Lucy Jones’ expertise put Los Angeles on the road to enlightened earthquake policy.
San Francisco uses the concept of sampling before finishing the final product.
Paul Stockton, the former assistant secretary of defense for Homeland Defense and Americas’ Security Affairs, discusses the strategy of "security in depth."