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AUG 2017

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Page 45 of 76 August 2017 / st 45 HV-X Platform Helps Hurricane Emergency Managers In October 2016, Hurricane Matthew became the first category five storm in the Atlantic Ocean in nearly a de- cade; 47 Americans died. Damages in excess of $10 billion made it the most expensive storm since Superstorm Sandy in 2012. Hurricane Matthew was one of the first operational uses of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Sci- ence and Technology Directorate's (S&T) HURREVAC-eX- tended (HV-X) platform, which integrates forecast and plan- ning data to provide emergency managers decision support tools for use in advance of and during tropical weather. Development began in 2013. S&T has since identified the need for a comprehensive hurricane decision platform that encompassed all phases of planning and evacuations. Collaborating with the Federal Emergency Management Agency via the National Hurricane Program (NHP) Technol- ogy Modernization initiative, DHS S&T worked to stream- line the HURREVAC storm tracking and decision platform. The result of this collaboration is HV-X. The ultimate goal of modernizing the NHP is to provide emergency managers a platform such as HV-X that enables timely and accurate evacuation decision-making informa- tion. DHS S&T also partnered with the Massachusetts Insti- tute of Technology Lincoln Laboratory to develop cascad- ing interfaces that can be layered onto one another, allow- ing emergency managers to better see and use a variety of sources, such as forecasts, storm tracking and satellite and radar images, when making decisions. Data analytics are used to provide impact assessments based on the emergen- cy managers' local evacuation zones. A beta version of HV-X was released in July 2016, with 10 updates since. A fully operational system is scheduled to go live to the operational community in May 2018. HV-X is designed for constant upgrading from third-party develop- ers. Trump Looks to Mark Buzby To Head Maritime Administration U.S. President Donald Trump intends to nominate Mark H. Buzby of Virginia to be administrator of the Maritime Administration at the Department of Transportation. RAdm. Buzby is a retired Navy rear admiral whose career spanned 34 years. He has received the Navy Distinguished Service Medal and the Bronze Star. Buzby is a 1975 graduate of Admiral Farragut Academy and a 1979 graduate of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. He holds master's degrees from the U.S. Naval War College and Salve Regina University. He is president and CEO of the National Defense Transportation Association and sits on the boards of several maritime industry-related corporations. Chris Oliver to Lead US National Marine Fisheries Service Chris Oliver will oversee the U.S. National Marine Fish- eries Service (NMFS), NOIA reported. Previously, Oliver led capitalreport LED SeaLite ® With Multiray ™ Technology The most versatile subsea light. Multiray technology equips a single LED SeaLite with two LED colors, beam patterns, or both. • LED sources operate independently or in tandem • Multiple lights in one fixture saves space, time, and cost • Less downtime reconfiguring lights between missions • Flexible control with SeaSense ™ serial commands, or switch between settings with power cycling Contact us today for more information: 1 800 487 3775

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