Six 9-1-1 dispatchers from Hamilton County, Tenn., are heading to Collier County, Fla., to help for up to 14 days. They will cover shifts for Naples-area dispatchers, who have been dealing with long hours and an increased workload following Hurricane Irma.
The Portage, Mich., city council has approved a funding formula for consolidating its dispatch center with nearby municipalities based on population and current funding. The consolidation will move forward if all other consolidating areas adopt the funding plan.
FirstNet's board approved a budget for fiscal 2018 of $73.5 million, about 13% lower than FirstNet's current operating levels due to the public-private partnership forged with AT&T, according to FirstNet. The budget will focus on ongoing deployment, operation and management of the network, as well as public safety outreach and technological advances.
Facebook is introducing Crisis Response, a hub where users can find four emergency response tools: relief fundraising, a community platform for coordinating help, a center for news about specific emergencies, and Safety Check. The center will be accessible through the phone app menu or the desktop homepage.
Residents of Warren County, Ky., will see an increase in their property tax rates in the coming year from 44 cents to 44.9 cents per $100. The increase is expected to generate an additional $1 million, to be used to make up for state cuts to education funding.
Law enforcement officials in Lane County, Ore., are hoping that a new voluntary consent form providing information about a person's mental health and an emergency contact will improve interactions between first responders and residents with mental illness.
Vancouver, B.C., Park Board Commissioner Stuart Mackinnon is proposing a ban on balloon use in city parks and recreation centers. Mackinnon says balloons are hazardous to wild animals, are the most common non-food item that children choke on and can cause power outages when they get tangled in power lines.
A flood control channel that runs through California's Huntington Beach to the ocean will be enhanced to better handle runoff from cities including Anaheim, Garden Grove and Santa Ana. City planning commissioners approved the Orange County Flood Control District to perform the work, which involves installation of sheet pile walls that will lead to the removal of erosion-prone earthen slopes.
Elderly residents of rural Japanese towns are gaining a new way to get around as the Japanese government trials driverless shuttle buses in communities with fewer transit and taxi options. "Smaller towns in Japan are greying even faster than cities, and there are just not enough workers to operate buses and taxis," said Hiroshi Nakajima, automotive director for software maker DeNA.