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Global Mission Assurance Portal (GMAP) Program Director Joseph Wassel announced that a pilot program initiated by DoD will bring the GMAP to select Fusion Centers for testing in 2016 at the recent National Fusion Center Association (NFCA) Annual Training Event held November 3 - 5, 2015, in Alexandria, Virginia.  The GMAP, a DoD CIO managed portal, provides information and intelligence related to DoD Mission Assurance. 

 

During his presentation, Mr. Wassel informed conference attendees that the GMAP allows DoD policy makers and analysts to reduce risk to DoD Mission Assurance assets to the lowest possible level prior to any natural hazards or attacks.  Given the vast DoD infrastructure within the United States, sharing information with state and local fusion centers is a logical and critical step in reducing this risk.

 

The NFCA Annual Training Event is a key forum for designated state and major urban area fusion centers to receive training and technical assistance and to exchange best practices to support capabilities of the National Fusion Center Network.  The event supports efforts to further integrate the national network of fusion centers with key local, state and federal law enforcement partners and private industry partners.  The NFCA’s mission involves promoting the development and sustainment of fusion centers to enhance public safety; encourage effective, efficient, ethical, lawful, and professional intelligence and information sharing; and prevent and reduce the harmful effects of crime and terrorism on victims, individuals, and communities.

 

For more information on GMAP please contact: Mr. Joseph Wassel, GMAP Program Director at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

The Response and Recovery App in Washington (RRAIN Washington) facilitates mobile access to National Library of Medicine (NLM) disaster and emergency information resources alongside vetted national and state disaster information resources, including the Washington State Comprehensive Disaster Information Management Plan and situational awareness resources.

 

The RRAIN Washington project was conceived at the University of Washington Health Sciences Library in early 2014, within one year of a major, deadly landslide and a cluster of destructive summer wildfires, and on the heels of regional disaster trainings which brought librarians and first responders together.  The library received Disaster Health Information Outreach and Collaboration Project funding from the NLM Disaster Information Management Research Center to develop an iOS mobile app to support disaster response and recovery outreach and include links to other downloadable apps that can be accessed with or without an Internet connection. This app is the first to offer Washington state–specific emergency information and is the first app developed at the University of Washington Libraries.

The project team collaborated with leaders from the Washington State Department of Health, Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response, and National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) Pacific Northwest Region to assemble preliminary content. A focus group of first responders provided valuable input on situational awareness and emergency health information resources, discussed information needs at different stages of disaster response, and shared ideas for placement of resources within the app, and the request that the design be responsive and available for use across all mobile devices. Incorporating feedback from the focus group, the project team modified content and then worked with a web developer to create a responsive website. A local programmer coded the mobile app and worked with the RRAIN team to test it using Apple's TestFlight system. The University of Washington's innovation and commercialization center, CoMotion, advised on mobile app ownership, licensing, and deployment. Project staff enrolled in the Apple Developer Program and used iOS developer tools to submit the app to the Apple Store.

 

The primary target audience of emergency responders, disaster managers, hospital personnel, public health workers, and librarians or information specialists was reached through four in-person, train-the-trainer workshops. Workshops included an overview of the project, website and mobile app demonstrations, a tabletop disaster scenario exercise, a debriefing, and a question-and-answer period. Training evaluations assessed participants' knowledge of relevant resources and tools.

 

RRAIN Washington promotes new and creative state-university collaborations on disaster health information needs. With project team expertise and strong existing relationships with community partners, academic libraries can lead similar projects. The next stages of the project include development of an Android-based app, delivery of additional training resources, and continued consulted with members of information technology and public health peer organizations regarding opportunities for collaboration.

 

For more information on RRAIN Washington, contact Ms. Tania Bardyn, MLIS, AHIP, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Associate Dean of University Libraries, Director, Health Sciences Library, and Director, NN/LM Pacific Northwest Region, Health Sciences Library, University of Washington, Box 357155, Seattle, WA 98195-7155


**ISE Bloggers Note: We met Ms. Tania Bardyn of the University of Washington at this year’s Maritime Security West meeting and asked her to share this important information sharing development.  The University of Washington has been an critical ISE partner in collaborating on a number of Federal, State, local, tribal, international and private sector information sharing pilots in the Pacific Northwest.**

 

 

 

The US Justice Department recently announced that it will share criminal information held in federal databases with 10 Native American tribes in a new pilot program.

 

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