- Associated Press - Monday, August 17, 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York state is rolling out a new emergency management computer system to help authorities across the state better respond to extreme weather and other emergencies.

The initiative, called NY Responds, will replace an older patchwork of websites and computer systems used by different counties. It was announced Monday at a state emergency management meeting in Albany.

Officials say the $1.5 million program integrates phones, radio, video and online date into a single, comprehensive site that can be used by local and state authorities as they monitor and respond to disasters. The system will also incorporate mapping software, traffic cameras and information from public utilities.

The state is also installing a series of weather sensors around the state to monitor conditions to aide in disaster response.

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