As an ILEAS member, you have witnessed and understand the benefits of synchronized operations and communications in times of emergency. Whether the response is the result of a natural disaster or a man-made disturbance, responding public safety agencies are better prepared to answer appropriately when pertinent information is readily available, and the basic requirements to develop a coordinated plan are in place. To that end, many public safety agencies in Illinois have invested in populating the Communications Assets Survey and Mapping (CASM) database to share relevant communications and point-of-contact information within the public safety community. The information is then available when needed by Communications Coordinators, planners, and agency command personnel to better prepare for response scenarios, and the future of public safety communications within the state.
Over recent months, a review of CASM records has been undertaken. In the review process, some records may have been edited to meet CASM standards, clarify a point of contact information, or otherwise address a relatively minor issue. However, it is evident that a statewide, source-based review of all CASM data is needed to ensure validity. Clearly, the best authority for a validation is the source agency.