Technologies that can help states stay coordinated during emergencies more in reach than ever
In the wake of the recent Boston Marathon bombings and tornados in Oklahoma, state and local governments are on high alert and more conscious than ever that an emergency situation can come with little warning. Emergencies – such as terrorist attacks or natural disasters – inject chaos, panic and trauma into the day-to-day life of citizens and require immediate, coordinated efforts from first responders, emergency personnel and elected officials to overcome.
Survivors need to be found and given necessary medical attention. Victims of natural disasters that have lost homes need shelter and other essentials, such as food, water and clothing. Those impacted by terrorist attacks need to be provided for while law enforcement personnel also piece together who is responsible and bring them to justice.
The response to these emergency situations is a combination of disparate local, state and federal organizations, volunteers and first response professionals working together to help minimize damage, mitigate loss of life and help an affected area get back to normal as quickly as possible. This requires collaboration, communication and coordination.
It’s for this very reason that video teleconferencing (VTC) solutions are rapidly becoming essential in disaster response, relief and recovery.
As we’ve discussed in previous posts on the Public Sector View, VTC is being called upon in disaster and emergency situations to help coordinate response activities by connecting people on the ground with the decision makers behind the scenes. This provides actionable intelligence to leaders and elected officials, enabling them to see the situation on the ground and maker faster, more informed decisions. The result is faster, more coordinated and effective relief activities.
The benefits that VTC solutions deliver during emergency response situations will be the topic of discussion later this month when Daniel Stevens, the Public Information Officer at the Emergency Management Office of Westmoreland County, PA, joins grant specialists and other thought leaders for a free Webinar entitled, Video Technology for Emergency Management. Interested parties should contact Christopher Lacuesta at 321-257-9700 if you would like to attend this free Webinar.
The Webinar will take place on June 15, 2013 and focus on how Westmoreland County utilizes their VTC solutions for emergency preparedness. The Webinar will also discuss how other state and local governments can take advantage of grant programs to help afford VTC solutions. For additional information, and to register for the Webinar, click HERE.