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Situational Awareness in Communications

Posted by David Daly on April 14, 2021

Situational awareness (SA) is a critical component to accomplishing any mission. Without a clear understanding of the physical world around us and how people act within that world, we cannot make informed decisions about our future actions. One of the foundational components of developing SA is reliable and effective communications. Maintaining communications is essential to developing SA and sharing our SA picture with all stakeholders. 

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Topics: radio communication, Communications problems, situational awareness

[New e-Book]: How to Make your Communications Better for Managing Emergency Incidents

Posted by Base Camp Connect on October 18, 2017

Most public safety agencies (fire, law enforcement, and EMS) in the U.S. and Canada do fairly well in using their communication tools, e.g., land mobile radios and wireless devices, for the day-to-day emergency incidents to which they respond. Those same entities, however, can experience real communications challenges when faced with a large-scale or complex emergency events that require the response of additional resources from multiple agencies. Those scenarios imply multiple different technologies and challenges mais appear when merging them to communicate easily. 

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Topics: emergency management, Emergency Operations Center, emergency management agency, Communications problems, Mutual aid operations, Emergency managers, Hurricane Irma, Hurricane Harvey, Public safety communications challenges

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