Posted by Marc Blakeman on April 09, 2014.

Emergency response programs play a critical role in ensuring public safety during unforeseen emergencies or natural disasters. Preparation is key, and technology plays a critical part in keeping communities and first responders connected.

As a member of local and global communities, AT&T is dedicated to advancing disaster relief efforts. When disaster strikes, our company and our employees assist victims and affected communities through network preparedness and disaster response, corporate giving, employee support and volunteerism.  We work tirelessly to maintain communications to and from affected areas.

That is why AT&T is proud to sponsor the 2014 Emergency Management Summit Series; the first summit will be hosted in San Francisco April 15. Leaders in emergency management join us at eight events around the nation to share best practices and innovative new solutions to disaster response among utilities, public agencies and first responders.

The Emergency Management Summit Series outlines how to best leverage innovative new technologies in an emergency. For example, accessing and sharing data from mobile devices worn by emergency responders enables faster response times, increases operational efficiencies and improves officer safety. Wearable devices also help emergency responders capture video and images faster and more efficiently.  At the same time, new IP-based capabilities provide greater flexibility, resiliency and increased agency interoperability.

AT&T and other participating organizations will discuss national initiatives such as Next Generation 9-1-1 (NG9-1-1), text to 9-1-1 and FirstNet, which established the foundation for public emergency communications services in a wireless, mobile society.  The series will also explore the advantages of a new mobile environment and how emergency management professionals can share information and stay better connected with the public.

We are honored to support our public safety agencies as they continue to leverage new technologies and streamline effective emergency response programs. For more information on the Emergency Management Summits, click here.


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