HIGHWAY WATCH® ANNOUNCES STRATEGIC ALLIANCE WITH EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT & RESPONSE ISAC
Alexandria, VA--The Highway Watch® program today announced a new strategic alliance between the Highway Information Sharing and Analysis Center (Highway ISAC) and the Emergency Management and Response Information Sharing and Analysis Center (EMR-ISAC) that will begin disseminating Highway ISAC reports to the 22,000 first responders in the EMR-ISAC network.
The new alliance will enhance the ability of the Highway ISAC to share information with the first responder community by allowing the members of the EMR-ISAC to receive information gathered from Highway Watch® reports directly from the Highway ISAC. Prior to this alliance the EMR-ISAC received information derived from Highway Watch® reports through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and other sources. The EMR-ISAC community is comprised of 22,000 first responders across the country including fire departments, law enforcement personnel, Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT), state emergency management personnel and others.
"This new alliance automatically puts the Highway Watch® information into the hands of first responders in every major city in the country,” said Don L. Rondeau, Director of the Highway ISAC. "It greatly enhances our ability to immediately mobilize and respond to an incident and that increased capacity to react will pay tremendous dividends in our efforts to keep America safe and secure. The EMR-ISAC staff played a key role in making this alliance happen and we look forward to building a long productive relationship with them."
Under a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Highway Watch® trains highway professionals to identify and report safety and security concerns on our Nation's roads. The program trains professionals to respond in the event they or their cargo are the target of a terrorist attack and to share valuable intelligence with Highway Watch® officials if they witness potential threats. When a security call is made to the Highway Watch® hotline, a report of the incident is forwarded to the Highway Information Sharing and Analysis Center (Highway ISAC) where a team of transportation security professionals assess and analyze the report. Incidents that may pose a threat to national security are then shared with government intelligence officials and other law enforcement agencies.