The OGC and COMCARE, a national non-profit alliance dedicated to advancing emergency response, signed a Memorandum of Understanding recently setting the terms of an agreement to work together to define a program of activities supporting the missions of both organizations.
An initial focus will be collaboration on the architecture for COMCARE’s Emergency Provider Access Directory (EPAD) in the context of NEARS. NEARS is a cooperative effort to demonstrate and deploy interoperable emergency data messaging. EPAD gives agencies the ability to register to receive emergency messages based on their geography, incident interest and agency type. This enables any authorized official to send emergency messages in the most efficient and effective way possible. COMCARE promotes modern, interoperable emergency systems, and the development of new procedures, training, and tools to maximize value for emergency responders.