ComCARE Alliance Issues RFP For Emergency Provider Access Directory (EPAD)

The ComCARE Alliance has issued a request for proposals for developing the next phase of the Emergency Provider Access Directory (EPAD). The procurement is funded through a grant form the U.S. Department of Justice. EPAD is a GIS-enabled electronic directory intended to contain emergency and administrative contact information for the more than 100,000 public and private emergency response agencies (not individuals) in the U.S. It is a non-profit, shared emergency response utility that enables automatic routing of messages to responsible agencies based on their geographic areas of responsibility and their incident information requests. An EPAD prototype has been used in a number of demonstrations and trials. The directory allows vital information about a mass emergency or a daily emergency event to be routed quickly and securely to appropriate authorities and organizations.

“This RFP reflects the detailed input of scores of emergency response organizations and leaders from all over the country over the last year,” says Judith Woodhall, ComCARE managing director, who heads the EPAD project. “The technology is a key component, but just the beginning. The major issues in front of our partners and us are how such a tool will be managed and used.”

The RFP is available on the ComCARE Web site at http://www.comcare.org/epadrfp for vendors to download. A bidders’ conference will be held on July 22, 2004. RFP responses are due August 13, 2004. IF you have any questions, email: epad@comcare.org.

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