The National 9-1-1 Program has released its NG9-1-1 Roadmap Progress Report, which identifies progress that has been made toward nationwide Next Generation 9-1-1 as well as work that still needs to be done. The report says multiple tasks need to be finished to meet goals in business/governance, technology, data, operations and cross cutting.
Voters in Kalamazoo County, Mich., on Tuesday approved a tax to fund the county's consolidated 9-1-1 dispatch system. In Iron County, voters approved a property tax that will pay for 9-1-1 and do away with a telephone surcharge.
Public safety agencies need to communicate clearly with the public about how they are using drones in order to build trust and avoid controversy, according to Charles Werner of DRONERESPONDERS. Werner recommends following five "C's," including community engagement and transparency and clear oversight and accountability.
Municipalities are trying to accommodate private exercise classes that want to meet at parks, with Philadelphia requiring permits and San Diego County, Calif., waiving permit fees for businesses and other organizations to use park space. In Buffalo, N.Y., BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York is sponsoring classes at parks starting Saturday.
Rochester, Minn., and Denver are trying to control the geese population at city parks by keeping eggs from hatching. Denver has also paused its culling efforts and plans to use dogs and alter landscaping to discourage the birds from gathering.
The Lathrop, Calif., Parks and Recreation Department is encouraging residents to camp in their backyards on Saturday and is selling activity kits for $15. "Anything that we can do to help families get out and do something together is great -- it might take people's minds off of [the] whole pandemic and give them a little bit of relief," Parks and Recreation Director Zach Jones said.
The College Station, Texas, Parks and Recreation Department is co-hosting a drive-through "Parks Pal Adopt-A-Thon" on Aug. 15 in which children can take home one of 1,220 free stuffed animals. The pals come with a 30-day journal, which children can complete and turn in to receive free pool membership for 2021.
The Woodstock Recreation Department in Illinois is holding a virtual event for people to run, bike and/or walk 60 miles, the approximate distance between the city and Chicago. Participants must complete the miles by Aug. 31.
Recreation and park agencies can remind people about the importance of conservation and the outdoors, writes Michele White of the National Recreation and Park Association, who offers several examples from departments around the country.
Black, Latino and Asian Americans have traditionally visited parks at a lower rate than white Americans, in part because minorities are written out of histories of the outdoors, writes David Schechter. "When we exclude minorities from the process of making decisions about parks, their voices are not heard," he writes.