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Kentucky center tests disaster response network

The Information Technology Resource Center in Louisville, Ky., is working with local, state and federal agencies to build a network for sharing data in the wake of a disaster such as a terrorist attack using weapons of mass destruction. The iTRC is a unit of the University of Louisville’s College of Business and Public Administration. The school is working with Kentucky’s Office of the New Economy and Office for Security Coordination to develop the $250,000 homeland security collaboration network. Usually six to 12 hours after a major disaster, local, state and federal officials set up a joint operations center, iTRC director Jim Graham said. If the event involved nuclear materials, the Energy Department would send officials to the site. If biological weapons were used, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention would send representatives. Full Story

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