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Emergency responses expected to improve after federal grant

WASHINGTON, D.C.- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has awarded the University of Mississippi Medical Center with a grant of $2 million. 

The money is intended to be used for improving emergency medical communications through a demonstration project.

“Improving the coordination of medical and emergency communications can help save lives, and not just during disaster situations. This grant will help develop available capabilities to increase medical care options in rural areas, and be used to develop best practices nationwide,” U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran said. “I believe Mississippi and UMMC are well suited to perform this project.”

The grant for Rural Emergency Medical Communications Demonstration Project will improve emergency communications and response capabilities for first responders. The money will aid in the development of National Emergency Communications Plan through coordination with existing technology.

The project is funded by FY2016 discretionary funding.

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