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Group launches system to link emergency agencies

A nonprofit coalition on Wednesday announced the launch of an initiative to establish a data-messaging system to link local, state and federal emergency agencies. The National Emergency and Alerting Response System, or NEARS, would deploy emergency messaging by using national data standards. Instead of building a new infrastructure to transmit emergency data, the NEARS system will be able to build upon existing systems and implement new standards as required by the federal National Incident Management Systems (NIMS), a system for sharing emergency data communications across jurisdictions. “Three and one-half years after [the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks], most emergency agencies are unable to send an emergency message to another agency,” said David Aylward, director of ComCARE Alliance, a national membership organization for the emergency-response community, which is leading the initiative. Full Story

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