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Looking Ahead: Incorporating Emergency Communications Into 2018 Planning

Protect your residents and your staff in 2018

The new year is the perfect time to evaluate your emergency communication plan. Find out how emergency communications methods, such as public warnings, internal messaging, notification systems, and mobile apps, can protect your organization.

Necessity of Emergency Communications

During an emergency scenario, it is too late to coordinate the logistics of communications. This must be both established and practiced long before the need arises. Take the Super Bowl in 2014 against the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos. Prior to the pigskin extravaganza, six envelopes of white powder were received at hosting hotels near the football game.

Emergency officials across the board, from the local fire departments to the Bergen County Hazmat and the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force, dedicated full forces to the situation. The problem was as every organization was working on the faux anthrax case, there was a major lack of emergency resources available to securely coordinate the half a million fans entering the stadium on Super Bowl Sunday. All of this was due to a lack of communication among government agencies on how to handle this emergency situation.