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DHS, FEMA Test iPad Emergency-Response Tool

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August 22, 2011
FedCyber Wire, Technology
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via InformatonWeek Government

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is testing a new iPad application that helps train emergency first responders by allowing them to visualize what the scene of a disaster may look like following a catastrophic event.

FEMA officials and first responders tested the software–called Standard Unified Modeling, Mapping, and Integration Toolkit or SUMMIT–during the agency’s National Level Exercise 2011 last week, according to Sandia National Laboratories, which developed the tool.

The tool is aimed at giving first responders a better idea of what kind of environment they will be facing before they enter a disaster scene–such as a bombed building–so they can learn to make better decisions, an emergency management official who took part in the exercise said in a statement.

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