Virtual USA received an important vote of support from a multidisciplinary group of practitioners from around the country yesterday when Charles Werner, Charlottesville Fire Chief and Strategic Resource Group (SRG) Chair, released an SRG Executive Council resolution strongly supporting the initiative.
Virtual USA is a Department of Homeland Security initiative that integrates technologies, methodologies and capabilities for sharing and collaborating using public, multi-jurisdictional and private sector information for the purpose of protecting lives, property, and the environment. It improves situational awareness, enhances decision making, and facilitates a more complete user defined operating view that enables users to enhance the utilization of their existing systems while maintaining control of their own data.
Werner’s e-mail read:
Large scale incidents like the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, Hurricane Katrina, and the Gulf oil spill have highlighted the critical need for emergency preparedness and response practitioners to have access to important information when protecting lives, property, and the environment. The Virtual USA initiative is addressing the need for dynamic real-time information sharing and has been incredibly successful in its first pilot phases. By addressing the needs of local, state, tribal and federal emergency preparedness and response agencies, Virtual USA is helping us be better prepared for all emergencies – large and small.
Please read the attached resolution in support of Virtual USA from a multi-disciplinary group of emergency preparedness and response leaders from around the country. I urge you to engage with and support this critical initiative.
If you have any questions regarding Virtual USA or this resolution, please contact me. To read a recent article about Virtual USA being used in the Gulf oil spill response please see page 31 of Mission Critical Magazine’s September issue at: http://www.thehomelandsecurityblog.com/wp-content/uploads/vUSA-in-MCC-Sept-2010.pdf
Charles Werner, Co-Chair, Virtual USA Strategic Resource Group
Charles L. Werner
Charlottesville Fire Department
203 Ridge Street
Charlottesville, VA 22902