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NCJ Number: 201731 Find in a Library
Title: First Responders: Ready or Not?
Journal: Law Enforcement Trainer  Volume:18  Issue:3  Dated:May/June 2003  Pages:14-19
Author(s): Kathleen McDonald; W. Sean McLaughlin
Date Published: May 2003
Page Count: 6
Type: Program Description (Demonstrative)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article discusses an online, national network of best practices and lessons learned for personnel that respond to acts of chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and conventional terrorism.
Abstract: The National Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism (MIPT) is implementing the Ready-Net program to improve preparedness nationwide. Local, State, and Federal response professionals will be able to tap into front-line expertise on the most effective planning, training, equipping, and operational practices for responding to terrorism. An integrated team is designing and developing the system, which will be accessible through a secure, Web-based portal and provided free of charge to authorized users. The online portal will serve as a systematic means for producing and maintaining a consistent record of exercises and events community-wide, and an information center of gravity for collecting and analyzing lessons learned and identifying best practices. It will also be a clearinghouse for anti-terrorism and consequence management information, and a tool for stakeholders to communicate and share information effectively. Inclusiveness and peer validation are the elements that distinguish this system from previous attempts to catalogue this data. The key to a successful launch, and long-term success of this program is active stakeholder participation. The team has collected hundreds of relevant reports and analyzed more than 100 tabletop and functional exercise after-action reports provided by the Office for Domestic Preparedness within the Department of Homeland Security. The Ready-Net launch is slated for late summer/early fall 2003.
Main Term(s): Computer aided operations; Domestic Preparedness
Index Term(s): Automated court systems; Automation; Data collections; Emergency procedures; Expert systems; Police response time
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