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Department of Emergency Response


This department is responsible for providing the public with rapid response services to deal with all types of emergencies including:


Fire, famine, disease epidemics, animal attacks, outbreaks of violence, terrorist attacks, natural disasters [earthquake, hurricane, tornado, volcano, tsunami, monsoon, typhoon, thunderstorm/ torrential rain, flooding, drought, heat-wave, blizzard, avalanche, landslide/ mudslide, asteroid, meteor], and other unnatural disasters [hazardous materials, chemical spills, explosives, structural collapse (building/ bridge/ dam), biological / chemical/ nuclear weapons…]



Vision

The Department of Emergency Response must develop a system to immediately transmit public broadcasts via the analogue, cable, satellite and cellular communication systems for TV, radio, internet, and phone. People in the proximity of an ongoing emergency will be immediately issued a direct warning. The Department of Emergency Response will immediately activate warning systems that will instantly transmit messages directly to all people within the proximity. The Department of Emergency Response using GPS will even have the capability to locate individuals inside of buildings and contact them on their cell phones to safely direct them away from danger or deploy rescue teams. Communication devices like TV, radio, or computer will be designed to automatically turn on and transmit emergency alerts and crisis response broadcasts. Being able to immediately broadcast messages to the public will give people in danger valuable time to prepare for an impending threat and avert disaster.

In case of an emergency it may take too much time to individually dial phone numbers to get management personal into a conference call. Therefore a digital system will be created where during an emergency a digital directorate interface will automatically contact all of the response personal required to manage the crisis.

Command centers must be equipped with the latest technological resources in order to give management teams every advantage in coordinating an effective response to a disaster. This must include multiple communication channels: telephone, pager, walkie-talkies, radio, cell phone, TV, cable, satellite, and internet. The command center will have multiple video monitors with real time images of the scene with feeds via local cameras and satellite imaging. The command center will have access to interactive digital maps detailing the architecture of all infrastructural systems. Command centers will be established with the ability to switch management over to alternate stations and coordinate operations as a team. Command centers around the nation can be utilized to manage a crisis situation in any area by cooperatively sharing responsibilities.

All rescue vehicles including: cars, trucks, boats, planes, helicopters, etc. will be equipped with a computer system that is on a common communication network. This will enable emergency response management teams to effectively coordinate all available resources.

Mobile response units such as police vehicles will be equipped with a GPS tracking and navigation system. Incoming 911 calls will automatically be patched directly to the nearest mobile emergency response unit without needing to be transferred through an operator. Mobile units will constantly monitor incoming communications. This will expedite the response times and provide valuable minutes of notice in advance enabling patrol teams to arrive as soon as possible to the scene. On a video screen inside the vehicle will map out a route to the point of the call. There will also be a team managing the command post overseeing all response units and coordinating personnel to effectively dispatch available resources and ensure that mobile teams are responding.

The command post for Emergency Response will have access to the transportation grid and can manipulate traffic patterns in order to ease congestion and open pathways for rapid response vehicles to quickly and safely arrive at the destination.

All emergency calls will be immediately received by an operating directorate of communications equipped with a global positioning system that provides instant satellite video surveillance and real time imaging of the location.

The entire fleet of mobile units spanning local districts will work cooperatively together. If one area requires significant attention by mobile units due to an emergency of considerable magnitude then units from other districts can temporarily cover the other vacated regions of the district that may be depleted due to the heightened focus in the one area. GPS units will be placed in mobile units to ensure that the entire fleet is evenly distributed across the area. Mobile units will run patterns throughout the grid to ensure passes are made throughout the entire area.


LINKS

COMCARE -Emergency Response Alliance

Community Awareness Emergency Response

Direct Relief International - Emergency Response

The Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Response Association

Emergency Response Network

Environmental Response Team

Food Emergency Response Network

Illinois Medical Emergency Response Team

National Emergency Number Association

National Emergency Response Team



GOVERNMENT LINKS

Census Data and Emergency Preparedness (US Census)

Central Emergency Response Fund (UN)

Community Emergency Response Teams

Emergency Alert System

Emergency Management (DOI)

Emergency Medical Services (Medline Plus)

Emergency Planning (ED)

Emergency Preparedness (LOC)

Emergency Preparedness Guide (OPM)

Emergency Prepardness and Response - (CDC)

Emergency Prepardness and Response - (OSHA)

FEMA - Federal Emergency Management Agency

Homeland Security - Emergency Management Agency

Keeping Food Safe During an Emergency (FSIS)

Making Emergency Preparedness Accessible to People With Disabilities (ADA)

Preparedness (HHS)

Ready


STATE LINKS

Arizona - Division of Emergency Management

California - Emergency Management Agency

Floridan - Division of Emergency Management

Georgia - Emergency Services

Illinois - Emergency Management Agency

Kansas - Emergency Management

Louisiana - Emergency

Massachusetts - Emergency Management Agency

Missouri - State Emergency Management Agency

Mississippi - Emergency Management Agency

Nebraska - Emergency Management Agency

New Jersey - Office of Emergency Management

Oklahoma - Emergency Management Agency

Rhode Island - Emergency Management Agency

South Dakota - Emergency Management

Texas - Emergency Preparedness

Virginia - Department of Emergency Management

Wisconsin -Emergency Management Agency


COUNTY LINKS

Fairfax County, VA - Office of Emergency Management


CITY LINKS

Boston, MA - Mayors Office of Emergency Preparedness

Chicago, IL - Office of Emergency Management and Communications

Seattle, WA - Office of Emergency Management

New York City, NY - Office of Emergency Management

 

GUIDEBOOKS

Emergency Response Guidebook (US DOT - Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Admin)




 


 

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