Nathan Rainey, Emergency Services Manager, City of Palo Alto, California: “Our OES manages a large volunteer program, and one that we hope to grow even more. Having an information system that can grow with us is important in being able to not only effectively manage our membership but to also provide a means to utilize
The Blizzard of 2015, which in January inaugurated a series of winter storms across the northeastern US that continue to this day, is estimated by various experts to have cost the economy between $500 million and $1 billion . The loss to airline travelers alone may have been as high as $250 million.
View News Channel 12’s newscast on Veoci here: “Bridgeport snow removal gets high-tech boost” (Updated February 22, 2015 6:17 PM) In January 2013, after living and working in Sao Paulo, Brazil for a year, I came back home to Bridgeport, CT just in time for the Blizzard of 2013, aka Winter Storm Nemo. For my
I’ve worked with many airports on various projects, and whenever the topic of the Federal Aviation Administration’s Safety Management System (SMS) directive comes up, there is apprehension. While the FAA SMS concept as a whole makes a lot of sense, putting it into practice at first glance looks rather difficult. In reality, though, with the right tools
Mass Notification Systems are now an accepted and integral part of many institution and organization emergency response plans. In response to demand, over 100 companies now offer mass notification systems, accompanied by the expected drop in pricing, with some even offering rates below 1 cent per message. Functionality has also plateaued and the systems are
In order to test emergency response plans and the coordination of airport staff with local first responders, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requires all Part 139 certified airports to conduct, every 3 years, emergency exercises that simulate potential real-life incidents. The drills are made very realistic with real fires and real people (actors drawn from nearby colleges). Tweed New
The structure of crisis response is often the same for any given type of situation. Our past experiences with system outages and security breaches in the Information Technology sector, and our current experiences with natural disasters and events like Hurricane Sandy, have proven this. While responders in different fields and industries use tools specifically designed for