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FEMA helps suburban emergency center open for business

Through a donation of 15 desktop PCs and software from the Homeland Security Department, Laurel, Md., government officials today are launching a new Emergency Operations Center to become a regional coordination hub for four counties surrounding Washington. Maryanne Anthony, Laurel’s director of IT and community services, said the center is the first of its kind in the nation with regional capabilities. She said it will let the neighboring counties communicate with the federal government and some large corporations through a secure network using the Disaster Management Interoperability Services software. DHS modified the application from the Marine Corps.’ Consequence Management Interoperability Services Suite. DMIS also is used on the Disasterhelp.gov site, which is a part of the Disaster Management e-government project that Homeland Security is managing. Full Story

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