US city to create an emergency data-sharing plan

The city of Charlottesville in the state of Virginia is working on a plan to create and pilot an information-sharing plan to enhance the efficiency of communication among emergency officials at various public safety agencies and its citizens.

The project is to create an interactive map of the emergency information at the mobile device level to provide information to the public and facilitate the emergency officials in gathering information.

Charles Werner, Charlottesville fire chief, says he hopes to create a “citizen app,” which would allow members of the general public to share information with safety officials. For example, a citizen could take a picture of a down tree. The picture would then appear on the map, which could be viewed by emergency officials, including law enforcement to help them survey the damage.

The new system will be completed before the next hurricane season in June of 2012.

Source: Cavelier Daily

Sachiye Day, VERTICES intern. sachiye@vertices.com

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