The EMCOM system provides Emergency Management personnel with the capability to issue alert notifications to every home and business within their jurisdiction (or any subset thereof) that are received within 90 seconds of notification, and to receive detailed situation reports on a street by street, neighborhood by neighborhood basis within minutes of an emergency situation.

The EMCOM project was designed to provide the critical elements and interfaces required for a comprehensive nationally integrated emergency preparedness and alert notification system. It incorporates the required elements for:
  • Communications
    • Fully interactive at all levels, utilizing all viable communications media
  • Coordination
    • Intra/Inter Agency, public, media, EMCOM Community Emergency Preparedness Coordinators, participating ARES/RACES emergency radio operators, Neighborhood Watch, etc.
  • Notification
    • Single entry system provides simultaneous multi-lingual voice & data notifications over all viable communications media.
  • Education/Training
    • Built in systems for prepatory training of in-house and public personnel
    • Multiple functions for providing real time instructions to the public during emergency situations
  • Feedback (Situation Reporting)
    • Fully intra/interagency interactive status reporting/display system
    • Fully integrated, Interactive GIS Mapping/Annotation system allows all authorized participants at all levels and any geographic location to display and/or update situation display maps.
    • "Click" within a shape drawn on the map and the system can immediately utilized its full resources to notify all persons within the designated area. Anticipated alert areas (shapes) for areas around nuclear, biological or chemical facilities, storage tanks, along rivers, etc. can be pre-stored for immediate activation. Maps designated for "public" use with hazard areas, evacuation routes, shelter/aid station locations, etc. can be immediately viewed by the public on the Emergency Information web sites, as well as on their own internet capable cell phones, PDA's etc. to show them the route as they evacuate, or show others outside the affected region the areas and routes to avoid.
    • EMCOM Community Emergency Preparedness Coordinators can provide street by street, neighborhood by neighborhood situation reports (including photos/video) within moments of an emergency situation that display on the EOC's status displays.
It is by far, the most comprehensive system of its kind, and due to its "economy of scale" design, the most cost effective. Combining state-of-the-art technology with its nationwide network of neighborhood based Community Emergency Preparedness Coordinators, it provides for the fastest and most widespread targeted alert notifications as well as for virtually immediate street by street, neighborhood by neighborhood situation reporting.

The system includes the following elements:
  • National Emergency Alert Notification System
    This system provides a single common interface for use by all emergency agencies at all federal, state and local levels to issue public or private notifications from a single entry, which is then disseminated via all viable text and voice based communications methodologies to user-defined groups and/or geographic locations. The system was designed to provide notifications to significant percentages of targeted populations within 30-90 seconds of the alert being sent. Notifications include local severe weather notifications from the National Weather Service, Homeland Security notifications, FBI/DOJ/NIPC warnings, as well as alert notifications from state and local authorities for their own areas.

    Initially these notifications were delivered to members of our nationwide network of neighborhood based Community Emergency Preparedness Coordinators as well as the general public. However, as of October 24, 2002, notifications to the general public outside of areas in which there is participation by their local public emergency agencies were discontinued.

    Specific information can be found HERE.

  • Community Emergency Preparedness Coordinator Program
    EMCOM has launched and currently operates a nationwide network of Community Emergency Preparedness Coordinators (block captains), whose responsibility is to provide leadership, information, training and coordination for their individual neighborhoods. They also set up emergency back-up radio communications per the EMCOM NERCS (Neighborhood Emergency Radio Communications System) specification, that integrates with the existing ARES/RACES emergency communications networks.

    Another critical function of the neighborhood coordinators is to provide a street by street, neighborhood by neighborhood situation reporting network which provides key information such as number of missing, injured, fatalities, fires, collapsed buildings, gas mains broken, etc., as well as important meteorological data and either digital photos or web-cam views of the area. These are received via numerous primary or back-up communications methodologies, and available within minutes of the occurence of an incident. EMCOM can currently receive these situation reports from tens of thousands of persons in neighborhoods across the country.

  • Emergency Information Websites (Disaster Information Portal)
    The system includes Emergency Information websites for every state, county and municipality in the nation (over 30,000) which provide important emergency information. These pages are "PubAlert" and "PopAlert" activated such that alerts or bulletins sent by any agency are immediately popped up to users by geographic area. Emergency agencies can also instantly update these pages to provide additional information, bulletins, shelter or aid station locations, evacuation routes, etc. They also have the ability to broadcast LIVE voice information or instructions through these pages via the EMCOM LiveAlert system.

  • Emergency Victim Locator
    The system provides a universally accessible emergency victim locator for the families and friends of persons displaced by an incident to learn the location and status of those they seek. It incorporates a number of advanced features helpful to emergency agencies, hospitals and medical workers, etc. Community Coordinators have access to the system to input data about neighbors which are transported by medical personnel, seek shelters or aid stations, or go to homes of other family or friends.

    Utilization of the system allows for a significant decrease in telephone congestion by families having to call each relief agency, hospital, shelter, etc. seeking information about loved ones.

The system provides for multiple levels of redundancy, with many technologically advanced features, including the ability for Emergency Management personnel to issue alerts and situation reports while "on-the-go" from Nextel Blackberry devices.

A single notification entry can be delivered to targeted populations within minutes via virtually every viable communications methodology (including personal visit by emergency coordinator personnel), for less cost than the commonly available "phone dialer" type systems.

Please reference the applicable sections of the EMCOM web site for complete details.

Contact EMCOM for more information.

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