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Mission Manager Receives Homeland Security SAFETY Act Designation for its Incident Management Software; DT&E Credential Demonstrates Commitment to Providing Highly Secure Software Solutions

Mission Manager, Inc. announced it has earned the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Developmental Testing & Evaluation (DT&E) designation for its incident management software – a cloud-based tool that has helped first responders save lives and property in approximately 7,000 missions since its inception.

The DT&E designation was instituted by the DHS to encourage the development of “promising anti-terrorism technologies” by providing legal liability protections under the Support Anti-terrorism by Fostering Effective prsafety-imageTechnologies (SAFETY Act) of 2002.

To earn the DT&E designation, Mission Manager underwent a rigorous application process with DHS that included user interviews and evaluation of the software’s security levels, data integrity, infrastructure, in-place insurance,
and systems of internal and quality control.

“Receiving the DT&E credential is a major milestone in the evolution of Mission Manager,” said Michael J. Berthelot, President and CEO of Mission Manager, Inc. “It illustrates our commitment to ensuring the highest level of operational effectiveness and data security to our customers – including law enforcement agencies, emergency operation centers, and fire and rescue personnel – while validating our respect for their highly sensitive, critical missions.”

Developed by a first responder as “freeware” in 2011, Mission Manager was re-launched in July 2014 as a subscription-based model with significant improvements in infrastructure, data security and technical support. These enhancements included moving Mission Manager to new servers at Amazon Web Services, which delivers a scalable cloud-computing platform with high availability and dependability in compliance with security best practices and IT standards.

With the DT&E designation, Mission Manager is formally classified as a Qualified Anti-Terrorism Technology (QATT) by the Department of Homeland Security. This designation provides certain liability protections as set forth in the SAFETY Act for both Mission Manager and its customers in the event of a covered act of terrorism.

“We will work diligently with the DHS, our key customers and partners as Mission Manager undergoes further testing and evaluation during the SAFETY Act certification process,” said Berthelot.

Based on the core principals of Preparation, Readiness and Execution, Mission Manager provides a team-based operational environment for day-to-day tasks and serves as a real-time, shared situational awareness Command Center during incidents.

The web-based software provides a turnkey solution for personnel and asset management, mission planning, real-time communications, tracking on robust maps and automated reporting. Above all, Mission Manager provides a common operational picture on multiple devices in disparate locations, ensuring a unified command and quicker response effort. It replaces the pen-and-paper and spreadsheet process of managing personnel and producing reports, saving agencies significant time and money.

About Mission Manager
Mission Manager provides cloud-based software designed to help save lives and property by enabling first responders to operate more efficiently and effectively. Mission Manager’s team member and asset management capabilities, combined with its calendar and communication functions, allows users to enhance team readiness through optimized training and seamlessly integrate mission-specific operations during real-time events. Since 2011, Mission Manager has supported approximately 7,000 actual missions ranging from single-person rescues to large public events and full-scale natural disaster response. Mission Manager is currently used in all 50 US states, and on every continent except Antarctica. Truly a global tool, Mission Manager is available in 80 languages. For learn more, visit https://www.missionmanager.com

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2015 National Preparedness Report Addresses Nation’s Progress in Achieving Goal of Secure and Resilient Nation

The Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, has recently released its 2015 National Preparedness Report that summarizes the nation’s progress in strengthening the security and resiliency of the United States and identifies where preparedness gaps remain.

The report is required annually by Presidential Policy Directive 8 (PPD8), issued by President Obama in 2011 to ensure that every facet of society (the whole community)  works together to define and enhance the nation’s preparedness for a wide range of threats, from natural disasters to influenza pandemics.

NPRThe fourth iteration of this annual report highlights the nation’s improvements in building, sustaining and delivering the 31 core capabilities as described in the 2011 National Preparedness Goal. The report is intended to provide officials with practical insights to help make informed decisions about program priorities, resource allocations and community actions.

The 2015 report places a special emphasis on the nation’s progress in implementing the National Planning Framework across the five mission areas: Prevention, Protection, Mitigation, Response and Recovery.

The report includes input from the whole community – namely federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial governments, the private and nonprofit sectors, faith-based organizations, communities and individuals. It identifies 43 key findings that address national trends in each of the mission areas.

The overarching national trends include:

  • Incorporating Emergency Preparedness into Technology Platforms: Businesses and public-private partnerships are increasingly incorporating emergency preparedness into technology platforms, such as Internet and social media tools and services.
  • Challenges Assessing the Status of Corrective Actions: Federal Government lacks a mechanism to comprehensively assess the status of corrective actions for high-priority issues with broad implications across multiple Federal agencies, as identified in large-scale exercises and real-world incidents.
  • Response Coordination Challenges for Events that Do Not Receive Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (Stafford Act) Declarations:
    Recent events, including the Ebola virus epidemic, have highlighted challenges with coordinating the response and recovery of complex incidents that are not eligible for the Stafford Act assistance.
  • National areas that need improvement include Cybersecurity, Housing, Infrastructure Systems, and Long-term Vulnerability Reduction.
  • Areas that have acceptable levels of performance but require sustained effort to meet emerging challenges are: Environmental Response/Health and Safety, Intelligence and Information Sharing, and Operational Coordination.

Additionally, the report addresses the necessity for U.S. first responders to continue to sustain and improve Mass Search and Rescue capabilities.

HOW MISSION MANAGER CAN HELP

Based on the core principles of  Preparation, Readiness and Execution, Mission Manager’s  cloud-based incident management software can support Mass Search and Rescue Capabilities at all levels. In addition, our robust software supports several of the 31 core capabilities  needed to achieve the National Preparedness Goal, including Planning, Operational Coordination, Environmental Response/Health and Safety, On-Scene Security and Protection, Operational Communications, and Situational Assessment.

Mission Manager is designed to support first responders from training through real-world disasters. The training scenarios can be customized to replicate the complex, dynamic factors that first responders potentially face, including compounding disasters, multiple jurisdictions and infrastructure failures.

During an incident, Mission Manager helps ensure a unified command. It enables incident commanders and emergency managers to obtain, share and manage critical information. As a situational awareness tool, Mission Manager provides a common operational picture on multiple devices, including real-time communications and tracking with extensive mapping capabilities.

For more information on how Mission Manager can help your agency prepare for and manage incidents, email us at info@missionmanager.com or call us at 877-257-8230.

For additional information on the Frameworks and how they apply to each of the five preparedness mission areas, follow the links on FEMA’s website:

FEMA’s mission is to “support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.” Follow FEMA on Twitter at www.twitter.com/femaregion6 and the FEMA Blog at http://blog.fema.gov.