E Team, Inc., the provider of collaborative software for crisis management announced that the Michigan State Police Emergency Management Division (EMD), in cooperation with the Department of Information Technology (DIT), has selected the E Team crisis management software solution for its statewide enterprise emergency response and preparedness information management system developed and implemented by San Diego-based Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC). This first-of-a-kind statewide deployment of common emergency response software can enable all state agencies, whether located in fixed facilities or in the field, to effectively gather, manage, and share information during response operations.
SAIC is the prime contractor responsible for implementation of the Michigan State Police Emergency Management Division’s GeoSpatial and Emergency Management Information Systems, which includes implementation and integration of the E Team software. The project is expected to take 18 months. The first phase of the statewide deployment began in January 2004 and targeted five mission-critical emergency management state agencies — the Michigan State Police and the Departments of Community Health, Agriculture, Environmental Quality, and Natural Resources; several local emergency management programs; and regional medical response coalitions. Once these groups are fully operational, additional state agencies and local users will be added. In the interim, if emergencies arise, E Team’s browser-based infrastructure can enable the state to quickly grant affected areas access to the system.
By implementing the E Team-based incident information management system throughout the state, Michigan seeks to improve coordination between agencies involved in event reporting and response, resource management, damage assessment reporting, public information initiatives, and recovery operations. E Team’s data sharing capabilities will also allow the state to selectively share information with federal agencies, other states, and critical response organizations in real time, whenever necessary. Lack of effective collaboration in government has frequently been cited as one of the biggest threats to our nation’s security, and the State of Michigan seeks to address this shortcoming with its new enterprise system.
In addition to using E Team for response operations, Michigan can also benefit from the system’s preparedness capabilities, such as pre-event resource tracking, contact list creation, infrastructure mapping, training module, and plans and procedures distribution, to better plan for possible future events.