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Developing Communication Interoperability at a Key Level in the US

Posted by Timothy Riecker, CEDP on August 23, 2016

Released in 2002, the 9/11 Commission Report as well as other after action reports on the responses to the 9/11 attacks, identified a number of communications failures and areas for improvement.  Many of those were heeded, while some were lost within the myriad reorganizations and requirements that emerged in the years following 9/11.  Communications issues persisted and showed themselves again on a national stage when Hurricane Katrina made landfall in 2005.  The Post-Katrina Emergency Management Reform Act (PKEMRA) of 2006 codified into law initiatives to address many of the areas for improvement we saw from 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, and other incidents.  PKEMRA became one of the most significant pieces of emergency management legislation passed in the United States. 

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Topics: office of emergency communications, Post Katrina Emergency Management Reform Act, emergency communications preparedness center

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