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US-Canadian Government Create Interoperable Emergency Communications

International cooperation has resulted in the creation of a system both US and Canadian first responders and officials can use to exchange information during an emergency situation along their shared border. The Canada-US Enhance Resiliency Experiment (CAUSE)—demonstrating the ability to exchange information between local, state, provincial and national systems and software applications—was put to the test and worked effectively, according to officials. The suite of tools includes Virtual USA®, developed by the US Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate, a library and widget made available to participating agencies that allows information to be shared across jurisdictions and borders in real time. CAUSE was tested using two scenarios -- a massive oil refinery fire in Saint John, NB, and a compressed natural gas truck explosion near  Calais, Maine. Dr. David Boyd, the lead of the US Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate said CAUSE “worked more effectively and rapidly than we had hoped. This is a tremendous milestone in tearing down the technological ‘tower of Babel’ along national borders.” The staged test involved officials from the Maine Emergency Management Agency, the Province of New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization, Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate, the US Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Defence Research and Development Canada -- Centre for Security Science  and Public Safety Canada. CAUSE was created from the Joint US-Canada Beyond the Border Initiative signed by US President Barack Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper in February 2011. (EurekAlert)(US Department of Homeland Security - Science and Technology @ EurekAlert)

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