FEMA Rep Describes
Joplin Response, Radio Communications Complications
After the EF-5 tornado
lifted, first responders in Joplin, Mo., called on local mutual-aid
pacts to begin the grueling task of looking for survivors and clearing
debris. The city also called on FEMA Region VII coordinators to help
manage outside resources (podcast link). [Added 7/6/11]
Calls Amateur Radio “The Last Line of Defense”
FCC forum on earthquake
communications preparedness, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Administrator Craig Fugate described the Amateur Radio operator as
“the ultimate backup, the originators of what we call social media.”
Interoperable Emergency Communications System
emergency communications network already exists. It has existed for
some 75 plus years and has been an integral part of the nation’s
emergency response capability…when utilized. This network is not only
robust enough to scale up from local to national incidents in real
time, but it also provides for interoperability and cutting edge
digital, video, and voice modes at little or no cost to the taxpayer.
operators, who use various types of radio communications equipment for
nonprofit purposes, can provide a valuable resource during a disaster.
know they should carry a card in their wallet that provides the
Emergency Room staff with information about critical health concerns.
Most people don't know that they have to be conscious to hand that
information to the E.R. doctor! Here's what to do. [Added 5/30/11]
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