OASIS Emergency Management TC

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Enabling information exchange to advance incident preparedness and response to emergency situations

Elysa Jones, elysajones@yahoo.com, Chair
Rex Brooks, rexb@starbourne.com, Secretary

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On Jan. 20, 2021 – OASIS Open, the international open source and open standards consortium announced the launch of the OASIS Open Europe Foundation (OOEF). The foundation provides a strong and dedicated European focus in setting standards for open collaboration and allows OASIS to provide long-term sustainability for European Union projects.

In early February 2022 OOEF was invited to participate in an ongoing EU Project: STRATEGY EU. The EMTC was invited to participate actively, and accepted the opportunity. EMTC Secretary Rex Brooks has joined the effort and reports that the use of EMTC Standards and Specifications are being intensively considered as part of the set of solutions that will eventually be recommended following the current pre-standardization process.

On Dec. 17, 2021 The Emergency Management Technical Committee inaugurated the OASIS TC Open Repository: emergency-emf This is a part of the overall Emergency Management Framework that makes up a set of resources that are available to the public, and which the EM TC has established as part of our effort to build an open source community and attract software developers to adopt and implement our standards and specifications.

Statement of Purpose: The OASIS Emergency Management Framework (EMF) is a reference implementation and toolkit for enabling standardized emergency information exchange using the OASIS Emergency Data Exchange Language (EDXL). With the EMF, developers and users can create, send, store, template, visualize, search, and organize emergency messages. EDXL provides standardized alerting, resource sharing, situation reporting, tracking of emergency patients and clients, hospital availability, as well as packaging and addressing of emergency messages and attachments.

On 13-14 October 2021 from 13:00 to 17:15 CEST (Geneva time) each day, the international 2021 CAP Implementation Workshop was conducted for the second successive year as an online Video Webinar. Elysa Jones, Chair of the OASIS Emergency Management Technical Committee (EMTC) participated and gave a presentation you can access here. She updated the latest work of the EMTC, which includes a Committee Note: Event Terms List Version 1.0 Committee Note 02 0212 October 2021 You can access this Committee Note in the link provided.

Norm Paulsen from Environment Canada, and a member of the EM TC's EM CAP Subcommittee gave a presentation titled CAP and Wireless Public Alerting Canada.

You can access the Workshop Speakers as confirmed by 21 April 2021.

For the provisional list of participants from the same date, see Participants.

You can can access the Information Flyer for the 2021 CAP Implementation Workshop here.

The OASIS EM TC is pleased to draw attention to the international Call to Action on Emergency AlertingThis website includes brief statements by the international organizations, international NGOs, and international companies who have endorsed this effort so far. The goal is To scale up efforts to ensure that all countries have the capability for effective, authoritative emergency alerting that leverages the Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) suitable for all media and all hazards.

On July 22, 2021, Elysa Jones, Chair of the Emergency Management Technical Committee (EMTC) participated in and gave a presentation on the work of the EMTC in OASIS to the National Alliance for Public Safety GIS (NAPSG) Foundation in their virtual PrepTech Talk titled “Innovations in Resource Management & Mutual Aid Technology.” The participants and presenters in this webinar discussed the latest developments in nationally available technology tools and standards that increase resource management preparedness and improve efficiencies in managing incidents.

You can access the recorded session from July 22, 2021 here. This page of the NAPSG website allows you to listen to the entire session either on that page or from YouTube through the link included on that page. If you prefer to listen to Elysa’s EMTC presentation, you have the controls to do that in the YouTube site if you use their controls to go to the timestamp of 50.05 / 1:14:10 within the webinar recording.

January 8, 2021, The OASIS Emergency Management Technical Committee’s Common Alerting Protocol Subcommittee (EMTC EM-CAP SC) hosted the first of two Special Informal Zoom Meetings for Subject Matter Experts. These meetings were arranged to gather feedback on the Event Terms List that the CAP SC has been working on since Q4 of 2016.

You can access the recorded session from January 8, 2021 here

On January 15, 2021, The EMTC’s EM-CAP SC hosted the Second Special Informal Zoom Meeting for Subject Matter Experts to gather feedback on the Event Terms List.

You can access the recorded session from January 15, 2021 here

On 13-14 October 2021 from 13:00 to 17:15 CEST (Geneva time) each day, the 2021 CAP Implementation Workshop will be conducted as an online Webinar - Call-in instructions will be sent to all registered participants.

You can access the 2021 CAP Implementation Workshop Information flyer”> here.

From 28 September 2020 – 30 September 2020 the international 2020 CAP Implementation Workshop was held as a virtual event. The event was conducted as a Zoom webinar. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic, this was the first CAP Workshop to be conducted as a virtual edition of the annual event.

You can access the 2020 CAP Implementation Workshop Report here.

You can access the List of Speakers here

You can access the List of Participants here.

It is worth noting this event had more than 800 registered attendees.

All presentations can be reached through the links provided within the programme.

Beginning with the increased spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in the U.S. and the world, in the month of March 2020 and continuing through April and likely to stretch into the following months, the Emergency Management Technical Committee (EM TC) has increased its efforts to ensure awareness of the benefits of our Emergency Data Exchange Language (EDXL) standards and specifications for stakeholders from various agencies such as