NSCAN : National Stakeholder Community Alert Network database
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The federal and state governments have worked aggressively to build communication networks for fire, law enforcement and EMS that link and allow cross-boundary communication. There are challenges remaining, with interoperability being the key issue between regions and responder type. However, there also must be a national effort to being a federal-ready, national database to register community sector responders and volunteers (see CRO) such as pastors, principals, hotel managers, school bus drivers, plant managers, teachers and coaches that qualify to use the Essential Public Network and send/receive two-way wireless alerts (see EPN wireless).
Called the National Stakeholder Community Alert Network, NSCAN is the federal-ready database of non-governmental community stakeholders who are essential to help augment the public sector response during the first 72 hours of crisis. Developed by Battelle Memorial Institute using technolgy developed for the Disaster Management Information System (DMIS) of the Department of Homeland Security, NSCAN creates a registry of individuals recruited locally and linked nationally so that alerts can be local, regional, state or national in nature, as well as scaled to a need-to-know basis.
Each user is nominated by a public sector partner and NSCAN is able to store their wireless device information, their geo-location, their duties, and other important information that ties them to response functions and idetifies their mission using the Virtual Surge Warehouse. Registry in NSCAN is necessary to access the EPN.
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