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NY Rolls Out New State Emergency Management System

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Just in time for winter, New York state is moving ahead with plans for a new emergency management computer system intended to help authorities around the state improve their response to extreme weather and other emergencies.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office on Monday announced that all county emergency management agencies are now connected to the state's emergency management operations center through the system known as NY Responds.

When fully operational, the $1.5 million program will integrate phones, radio, video and online data and mapping software into a single, comprehensive site, replacing the patchwork of sometimes unwieldy systems used by local governments.

The state is also installing a series of weather sensors around the state to monitor conditions to aide in disaster response.

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Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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