IT in terrorism exercise gets mixed reviews

The Topoff2 simulated terrorist attacks on Chicago and Seattle generated mixed results in the after-action analysis of emergency responders' IT readiness in the case of biological and chemical attacks.

Homeland Security secretary Tom Ridge acknowledged at a House Select Homeland Security Committee hearing May 20 that federal officials in Seattle had provided varying information about the simulated radioactive plume from the mock radiological weapon released in Seattle.

Meanwhile, officials in Chicago reported problems with local communication via cellular phone and with emergency management officials in Washington, but the state's Hospital Health Alert Network functioned well, said Tom Shaffer, spokesman for Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich.

Featured

  • Records management: Look beyond the NARA mandates

    Pandemic tests electronic records management

    Between the rush enable more virtual collaboration, stalled digitization of archived records and managing records that reside in datasets, records management executives are sorting through new challenges.

  • boy learning at home (Travelpixs/Shutterstock.com)

    Tucson’s community wireless bridges the digital divide

    The city built cell sites at government-owned facilities such as fire departments and libraries that were already connected to Tucson’s existing fiber backbone.

Stay Connected