Emergency Management and Communications Interoperability Research Paper by Nicky

A discussion on emergency management and interoperability with a focus on whether the implementation of the expensive 800mHz band as a requirement has truly improved rescue operations to such an extent that it justifies the cost involved.
# 150681 | 4,941 words | 20 sources | APA | 2012 | US
Published on Mar 30, 2012 in Public Administration (General)

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This paper discusses how in an emergency situation, it is vitally important to have adequate communication software in place to ensure the speedy response of emergency personnel and how, ideally, such systems would be free from failure and allow rescue workers to save the maximum amount of lives. It also looks at how the reality is however rather less than ideal, as demonstrated by the devastation of September 11, 2001 and Hurricane Katrina and how, in order to remedy the situation, interoperability issues need to be addressed. The paper considers the concepts attached to interoperability, emergency management, and funding. Furthermore, specific emergency management issues related to 911 calls, September 11, and the events surrounding Hurricane Katrina are used to contextualize the interoperability issue.

What is Emergency Management
Lessons Learned
September 11, 2001
Communication Failure
Rescue Professionals Unable to Communicate
Hurricane Katrina
Equipment and Cost
800 MHz Systems
FCC Rebanding Mandate
Benefits of 800 MHz Systems
Federal Assistance
Costs vs Benefits

From the Paper:

"Inter-community interoperability refers to the blurring lines between institutions and disciplines. When large-scale emergency operations are for example required, various agencies are involved, including the military and firefighting professionals. It is therefore important that they be able to communicate adequately to ensure a high quality of integrated services. In this type of interoperability, the inter-disciplinary paradigm is also of importance. With multiple agencies that are involved in emergency operations, common solutions and partnerships should be in place before the occurrence of large-scale disasters to ensure the readiness of professionals to handle these. Such interoperability should also include the federal government itself in order to ensure effectiveness and professionalism."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Azuri, Calvin. (2009, Aug 17). InterAct Public Safety Systems Enhance 911 Service Capabilities, Reduce Operational Costs. TMCnet. http://communication-solutions.tmcnet.com/topics/communication-solutions/articles/62258-interact-public-safety-systems-enhance-911-service-capabilities.htm
  • Chandler, Robert and Feinberg, Scott (2007, March). Failure in Communication = Failure in Response. 9-1-1 Magazine. http://www.tandberg.com/collateral/vertical_brochures/public_safety/911_magazine_feature.pdf
  • CTA Communications, Inc. (2007, Jul 31). Virginia Office of Commonwealth Preparedness an State Interoperability Executive Committee. 800 MHz Rebanding Status Final Report. http://www.interoperability.virginia.gov/800MHzRebanding/800_MHz_Rebanding_Report.pdf
  • NEMA. (2009). Emergency Management. http://em.nemaweb.org/?17
  • Haddow, George D., Bullock, Jane A. & Coppola, Damon P. (2007). Introduction to Emergency Management. Butterworth-Heinemann.

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