David Fletcher's Government and Technology Weblog : news & perspectives from a long-time egov advocate
Updated: 7/30/2004; 7:43:17 AM.



Monday, July 26, 2004

Both the police chief and the city manager of Eden Prairie, Minnesota, are now maintaining weblogs as a way to communicate more effectively with their constituents.

Eden Prairie is in the Northfield area which has its own community weblog.

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The 911 Commission issued its final report last week.  Copies were available at airports and bookstores almost immediately.  It is available for only $8 on Amazon where it is the #1 best seller (you might not want to read it online since it is over 500 pages).  Among the Commission's many recommendations:

Make homeland security funding contingent on the adoption of an incident command system to strengthen teamwork in a crisis, including a regional approach. Allocate more radio spectrum and improve connectivity for public safety communications, and encourage wide-spread adoption of newly developed standards for private-sector emergency preparedness—since the private sector controls 85 percent of the nation’s critical infrastructure.

I think there is already a requirement for agencies to adapt an incident command structure specified by NIMS (National Incident Management System) to receive homeland security funding.  One problem is that not enough of the funding goes toward centrally coordinated infrastructure.

HHS and NYC Health Dept. are co-sponsors of the World Trade Center Health Registry, a survey to track the health impacts of those who might have been impacted by the World Trade Center incident.

7:42:09 AM    comment []

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