Recent national events, such as the health crisis and geopolitical tensions, have caused budget reductions across the public safety community. To help state, local, tribal, and territorial government agencies maintain or adjust their budgets in a time of constrained funding, SAFECOM and the National Council of Statewide Interoperability Coordinators (NCSWIC) developed Contingency Considerations When Facing Reductions in Emergency Communications Budgets fact sheet to provide a series of contingency considerations to justify investment in four mission-critical resource categories: personnel, operating costs, equipment, and software.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), Indianapolis Motor Speedway, state and local first responders, law enforcement officials, and local businesses held a tabletop exercise to test response plans around hypothetical public safety incidents on the day of the Indianapolis 500, scheduled for Sunday, May 30. Representatives from multiple government agencies and the community discussed their roles, shared best practices, and improved coordination mechanisms to help keep the public safe. The exercise is part of an ongoing public safety efforts surrounding the Indianapolis 500 and was not in response to any specific threat.
As we embark on the long-haul journey to distribute the COVID-19 vaccine to all Americans, addressing the communication challenges of this distribution has never been more vital for safety and coordination, says David Wiseman, Vice President of Secure Communications at BlackBerry. Here, we talk to Wiseman about the need for unified communications as states implement vaccine rollout strategies.
Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, prioritizing employee health, safety, and well-being will continue to be key to building resilience, continuity and operational readiness in 2021 and beyond. Accomplishing this requires a robust communications system across the enterprise.
As more people turn to their cellphones for news and information, there becomes an increased need to develop innovative alerts and warning applications (apps). These apps notify the public of a current or imminent event or disaster and provide the public with any necessary actions to keep citizens safe. The latest National Emergency Communications Plan (NECP) Spotlight highlights the successful use of these apps in real-life scenarios across the United States and demonstrates how the NECP’s recommendations promote the development and adoption of new technologies that enhance communication capabilities.
There has been no shortage of ransomware reports and data breaches affecting companies from all sectors all over the world, accelerated, in part, during 2020 as the COVID-19 pandemic caused a mass move to remote work and many organizations raced to accommodate the new normal.
As part of an initiative to enhance safety and security as well as support for staff and more than 17,000 students, Trinity College Dublin implemented a technology which helps first responders better pinpoint the location of calls for help, emergencies and other incidents.