Funding is an important part of disaster preparedness. Capital ensures that state governments can afford to finance their emergency plans to protect citizens during a dangerous event. With adequate support, agencies will have to find ways to do more with less, which ultimately amplifies risks.
John A. Logan College unexpectedly received incoming text message tips during an active shooter drill that helped the school’s situational awareness to make better decisions and act during a crisis situation. The college had implemented uTip that lets the community submit anonymous crime tips via cell phone text messages. The uTip service was originally not part of the school's planned exercise, but will now be included in future emergency preparedness planning.
Disaster preparedness strategies are key elements that all communities must have in place. Without a reliable strategy for an emergency situation, the risks of extensive damage and injuries increase exponentially.
Emergency preparedness is a crucial element to ensure that people are safe during disasters. Recently, public officials have been emphasizing the necessity of having crisis plans in place in the event of a dangerous scenario. Representatives from local governments and emergency response agencies have been preparing for dire situations and urging the public to do the same. Additionally, some groups are researching what steps people are taking to prepare for danger.
From Fire Rescue International 2013, Omnilert announced more fire departments that have recently implemented Amerilert First Responder to improve reliability of dispatching and shorten response times to emergencies. Personal demonstrations of the SMS text message dispatch service can be seen in booth #4541 at IAFC’s Annual Conference and Expo, FRI 2013, in Chicago from August 16-17. Visitors can also enter a chance to win an instant grant of Amerilert First Responder for their department free for two years for up to 50 users. There will be two instant grant winners announced, one each day.
Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) has selected e2Campus for the backbone of the school’s new unified emergency notification system. CMU sited support for international numbers, an intuitive interface, flexible user management, an easy-to-use API, and knowledgeable customer service as reasons for making the switch. CMU begins upgrading the system this summer.