Posts tagged ‘Disaster Management’

Systems Engineering for FEMA – Resume update

I have finally updated my resume to account for the work I have been doing for FEMA since October. Yes I am back to the Disaster Management Program except that I am working for the Program Office instead of on the development contract. A lot of the work is similar and I am glad I can participate. The mission is important. I am now under contract through Eye Street Software Corporation to provide systems engineering support to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Duties include:

  • Requirements development and assessment of steps needed to decouple the current Disaster Management Interoperability Services (DMIS) capability into two separate and cooperative capabilities for FEMA. The Disaster Management – Open Platform for Emergency Networks (DM-OPEN) will be a stand alone, standards based Enterprise Service Bus for data communications interoperability across the full spectrum of responder organizations at the Federal, State, Local and Tribal levels. The Current DMIS Toolset will be transformed from its current client server implementation into a web-based framework (the DM-Framework) that houses access to a user-configurable set of emergency management applications.
  • Systems Engineering Life Cycle Documentation and Federal Enterprise Architecture compliance management for the DM PMO.
  • Response to stakeholder inquiries concerning DM-OPEN, the DM-Framework, and related data standards.
  • Assistance to programmers connecting to DM-OPEN Interfaces.
  • Liaison with the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS), as well as other standards organizations and Federal programs that affect, or are affected by, the Disaster Management Program.

Open Source for DM-OPEN

Lee Tincher from Evolution Technologies is building some new open source connection code for DM-OPEN that adds to my previous test code. This addition will include database connection code for oracle and MySQL that will let developers retrieve Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) alerts from DM-OPEN and directly put them into a relational database for further processing. We plan to put the updated code up on the EM Forum site for others to use as desired. Cool stuff. Eventually we plan to add to this code so that it handles Emergency Data Exchange Language (EDXL) Distribution Element (DE), Resource Messaging (RM), and Hospital AVailability Exchange (HAVE). Emergency Managers every where – While I am of some assistance, Lee is doing real work that supports you! I am sure that he will appreciate your gratitude and support.