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Mobile Applications for Emergency Management

Posted by Dakota Duncan on March 12, 2018

If you’re anything like me, you understand the value of mobile applications in today’s ever-changing technological world we live in. Nearly everybody in government service now has an iPhone or some type of smart device, and many of us carry one or more of these with us at all times.

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Topics: FEMA, smart devices, mobile applications, state emergency management

5 Books Every Emergency Manager Should Read

Posted by Dakota Duncan on March 2, 2018

When I first began speaking in public in front of large audiences and speaking at universities it did not take long before I realize that I wasn’t always getting my intended message across. Despite being an energetic and subject matter expert on what I was talking about, I quickly realize that I needed some help in preparing my speech.

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Topics: emergency management books, books for public safety professionals

Troubles on the Front Lines with the P25 upgrade

Posted by Dakota Duncan on February 26, 2018

When we address communications on the technical side, we have to be honest in knowing that 90% of emergency management and public safety professionals don’t have an extensive base of knowledge on how the systems work or what happens in between the time we key up the radio and end our transmission. We do however; expect that our radios will work 99.9% of the time and that someone will be able to hear and respond to our call for help. Many states across the United States have to rebuild or upgrade their existing radio communication systems due to outdated systems or exceeding the limits of the current system as our towns and agencies grow.

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Topics: Interagency communications, Communications equipment, radio upgrade, p25 radio system, 800 mhz system

Handling-over a Major Incident: The neglected component of Airfield Emergency Operations?

Posted by Jon Hall on February 20, 2018

More than 200 attended the AFOA conference in January and heard presentations on the attendance to 2 major incidents in the US. The first involved the engine fire involving flight 383 at Chicago O’Hare airport in October 16’ and second told the story of the operation that grew from the actions of a single ‘active shooter’ at FT Lauderdale Airport only a year ago. 

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Topics: ARFF, Incident Commander, Fort Lauderdale airport shooter, Airfield emergency plan

911 Call History: A potential driver of exercise planning

Posted by Gary Schlotthauer on February 13, 2018

Although there may be similarities, every location has its own set of threats and hazards to prepare for, respond to and mitigate. A successful Emergency Management program to include exercise development is dependent on the ability to understand the threats and hazards that could impact a community. Without this understanding, emergency response will only be generally prepared to provide a meaningful response.

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Topics: emergency operations plan, preparedness programs, emergency management program, emergency response, 911 call center

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