Being a Coordinator

Community Emergency Preparedness Coordinators are leaders in their neighborhoods that take the few hours necessary to help their neighbors by passing out Emergency/Disaster Preparedness materials, create a neighborhood roster and post-disaster assembly areas and coordinate with local emergency management agencies and organizations.

Another critical responsibility is to set up a back-up emergency communications plan for the neighborhood in the event that telephone and cellular service is unavailable. They will pass on our recommendations for the type of radios best suited to the task based on price, performance, reliability, features, and compatibility with existing communications systems and networks.

If an emergency occurs, coordinators will use the neighborhood roster to take "head counts" at neighborhood assembly areas, and report anyone missing to emergency/rescue personnel.

Coordinators have access to a special operations section of the EMCOM network that provides them with a wealth of information and links to information, plus a host of utility programs and emergency communications, status and monitoring interfaces directly with/to the EMCOM Network Communications Center. Some of these utilities include:
  • Full Access to notification systems including direct (30 second update) emergency notifications.
  • Full Access to add/update locator records in the International Victim Locator System
  • Direct WebCast communications access to private communications channels.
  • Access to EMCOM NCC Situation Board Displays
  • Access to national emergency communications 'text' chat system, instant messaging system, whiteboard system.
  • Access to "MapBoard" for displaying and annotating area situation maps.
  • Access to Internet voice based emergency communications system.
  • Community Database update
  • Contacts Manager
  • Day Planner
  • Memo System
  • Document Control System (Shared Docs)

After the events of 9/11/2001, many Americans have asked what they can do to help prevent or during an emergency situation. President George W. Bush has asked that all Americans consider giving 4000 hours of community service over their life time... becoming an EMCOM Community Emergency Preparedness Coordinator is one of the best ways to become involved.

Being a coordinator is not a difficult task, but an extremely important one that only requires a few hours of your time each month. If you would like to become a leader, and help in your community, please join us in this critical endeavor.

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