The states of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington have agreed to partner with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on a component of the Virtual USA Initiative, led by the Science and Technology Directorate’s Command, Control and Interoperability Division (CID). The pilot will advance a technical and cultural shift in how the Nation shares information during an emergency.
The pilot seeks to develop a capability among the participating states that enables information sharing by leveraging existing federal, state and local technologies, as well as emerging ones. The Pacific NW Pilot’s first phase (ending December 2010) will establish through a real time demonstration that the required technology and governance are in place for seamless information sharing in the event of an emergency.
On behalf of MG Raymond F. Rees, The Adjutant General and Governor's
Homeland Security Advisor, an initial planning meeting for the Pacific Northwest Pilot Program was held on Tuesday, December 1, 2009. The meeting was held in the Hall of Heroes at the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) Facility.
On December 16, 2010, the Virtual USA (vUSA) Pacific NW Pilot states (Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington along with our partners from FEMA Region X, US Department of Homeland Security and Pacific NW National Labs) successfully deployed and demonstrated a national virtual information sharing environment and web-based, GIS enabled, state and regional common operating pictures for emergency management/response.