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Among the unsung heroes in the public safety response to and recovery from Hurricane Sandy are the emergency dispatchers who worked tirelessly behind the scenes, answering the thousands of 9-1-1 calls and coordinating the response to innumerable emergencies including huge fires in NYC and a myriad of emergencies in cities and towns large and small throughout the affected region. Many of these dispatchers lost their own homes in the devastation of the hurricane.
To help communicate flood risk and help citizens take mitigation action, the Atkins FloodMap Mobile smart phone app is the most comprehensive in its class for users to understand their personal risk exposure and how to get help. The app provides flood risk information on demand based on the user’s location or entered address. It also offers an individual risk report customized for that address, which can be emailed and shared.
By identifying the possible things that can create emergency situations to our voice, data, and video pathways we can attempt to find ways to plan for or respond to them... The 2004 hurricane season in Florida and more recently the February 2, 2007 tornado event in Lake County (Groundhog Day Tornadoes) plainly evidenced the need for comprehensive analysis of potential emergencies and how they can or might affect our communications pathways and how we can respond to them.
Seven days after Dawson County, GA cut over to a Solacom Guardian Next Generation 9-1-1 call taking system, the public safety answering point (PSAP) put the new equipment through its paces answering triple the normal number of calls as a February snow storm swept across Georgia causing power outages and treacherous roadways.
As large parts of the nation battle storms of epic proportions, local, state and federal governments, emergency responders and businesses are moving into emergency response mode relying on some of the most powerful and reliable and proven technology available today. Allen Schaeffer, the Executive Director of the Diesel Technology Forum, issued the following statement on diesel's vital role in the United States' emergency preparedness for this storm system.
It's not the first time lightning has struck here, but this time, when a powerful bolt hit a radio tower at the Stewart County (TN) Sheriff's Office on April 5th, it shut down the 9-1-1 dispatch center.
FEMA Invests $100 Million in Post-Tsunami Disaster Relief & Emergency Preparedness Improvements for American Samoa
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has awarded nearly $100 Million dollars in Post-Tsunami improvements to American Samoa for lifesaving emergency management systems that include an early warning siren system, 9-1-1 emergency call center, and the completion of a formal tsunami hazard plan that proved instrumental in helping the island achieve the coveted status of TsunamiReady.
One week ago today, millions of Americans from North Carolina to Maine braced for Hurricane Sandy. For more than 12 hours, hurricane and tropical storm force winds, storm surge, and flooding impacted 12 states... As of 3 p.m. Monday, November 5, more than 234,000 individuals in Connecticut, New York and New Jersey have registered for assistance, and more than $210 million has been approved in FEMA Assistance
... It was only when swiftwater rescue instructors and rescuers refined and clarified the term to include flood rescue operations that the concept began to take its proper place in the technical rescue line-up. Floods are potential disasters. Floods can kill people. Floods can involve fast moving water and you need to be able to rescue people from it...
As the Indian Ocean tsunami wiped out everything in its path, a worldwide broadcast for help triggered an international amateur radio response to lend its own unique form of assistance. Ham Radio operators throughout the region immediately began to report on the destruction around them and coordinate help and assistance for the disaster area. In addition, amateur operators utilized radio equipment that would assist on land, at sea, and from space.
The devastation in Southeast Asia has graphically demonstrated one thing: tsunami dangers are real. Unfortunately, it has taken a disaster of that magnitude to make the American public aware of that fact. "Before that, you'd mention tsunami and people would snicker," said Gloria Morrison, Emergency Services Coordinator for the City of Huntington Beach, California. "Now people are paying closer attention."
In recognition of the 10th Anniversary of the 2004 Indian Ocean Earthquake and Tsunami, we present our original coverage of the disaster response from our March 2005 issue. The 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami was spawned by a massive earthquake of magnitude 9.1-9.3, with with its epicenter off the west coast of Sumatra, Indonesia. It was the third largest earthquake ever recorded on a seismograph, and had the longest duration ever observed â€“ between 8.3 and 10 minutes. The resulting series of...
Members of the Police Unity Tour (an organized dedicated to bringing public awareness of Police Officers who have died in the line of duty and to honor their sacrifice) and the Port Authority Police Benevolent Association turn out to aid a New York City neighborhood devastated by Hurricane Sandy.
The New York PD's Deputy Commissioner of Public Information, Paul Browne, has issued an NYPD release, detailing the police rescue efforts during Hurricane Sandy. It also includes an update on the city's death toll from the storm... In related news, the NYPD has released video of four rooftop rescues on Staten Island where some residents were trapped due to rising waters.
FEMA administrator Craig Fugate speaks with a Joplin firefighter in front of what used to be one of the town's five fire stations. This and one other station were destroyed by the deadly tornado that smashed the community on May 22.
On the 10-year anniversary of the deadly December 26, 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami, coastal communities in the U.S. are significantly better prepared for tsunamis than they have been at any time in the past. Tsunami preparedness programs at the State, Territory, and Commonwealth level have worked through the Western States Seismic Policy Council (WSSPC) and the National Tsunami Hazard Mitigation Program (NTHMP) to improve tsunami preparedness at a local level.
On February 2, 2011, Lake County Emergency Management had to mobilize for the third-largest snowstorm to ever hit the area. Although the county's public safety agencies were prepared for the event, many of its residents were not. As the storm quickly escalated, calls came pouring in to assist stranded motorists and residents in need of medical attention. Coordination between first responders from several municipalities - some on snowmobiles, snowplows and front loaders - over a large area...
The Salem County Dept. of Emergency Services dispatch facility, located in Mannington Township, New Jersey, was struck by three successive lightning strikes Thursday, according to a report at NJ.com. Five dispatchers suffered from electrical shocks as a result.
Earth Networks, the owner of and operator of the largest weather, lightning and climate observation networks, announces it is continuing to support the Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), the agency that is responsible for coordinating the response to any major emergency or disaster, through a new five-year contract with the State of Maryland.
Members of the National Urban Search and Rescue Task Force receive a briefing before flying from Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., to Staten Island, N.Y., to conduct house-to-house searches, Nov 3, 2012. The Task Force includes state search and rescue task forces from Maryland, Virginia, and Texas.
The National Emergency Number Association's (NENA's) Trey Forgety - Government Affairs Director - testified before Congress on Sept 12th about the northern Virginia 9-1-1 outages following the June 29 derecho.
Public/Private Partnerships during Emergency Response & Recovery: An interview with AT&T's Tim Knezevich
Through dozens of years of recent disaster and major emergency responses, the response community has learned the value of partnering with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to manage the response and recovery phases of large emergencies. One such organization is AT&T, which serves as an excellent example of this kind of public/private partnership. In addition to offering rapid emergency response and an effective disaster recovery program, AT&T also recognizes the need to prepare and...
On Thursday, March 24, 2011 units of the San Jose Fire Department responded to a stretch of the rain swollen Guadalupe River near the San Jose International Airport for a report of a subject trapped in the fast moving water. Firefighters with San Jose's Urban Search and Rescue Task Force worked quickly to deploy two inflatable rescue boats needed to reach the victim.
A fierce windstorm, with winds of 50 MPH, blew beach sand all over more than a dozen homes built on a sand spit on the coastal town of Waldport, Oregon last January 17th. The homes are frequently visited by wind storms that drive the sand over and around the homes, but nothing of this level had ever occurred before.
After tornadoes left over 300 dead in just a 24 hour period those in the across the country are now aware that technology, email, text alerts, and weather radios prevented an astronomical death toll. Some of the supercell storms from Wednesday were so extreme that if anyone in their path didn’t adequately seek shelter they would not survive. By a miracle, highly visible tornadoes during the day Wednesday combined with media coverage saved many whom are counting their blessings today. Had the...
The Helios environmental intelligence platform uses proprietary algorithms that give users the ability to monitor current conditions and detect changes in visibility, precipitation and road surface conditions at a hyperlocal, or street scale. Helios can then inform users of threatening conditions. Content from the Helios platform is available via API or Web interface for integration across platforms.
Within seconds of the officer arriving to help the man, lightning struck near the two...