Under the deal, the TSA will tap into the Coast Guard’s AtHoc IWSAlerts software-based alert system, which allows a range of mass notifications to be issued from one central control point over IP, with the ability to reach an entire agency/company work force through a variety of devices in real-time.
The app lets citizens enter their family emergency meeting locations; review safety tips on what to do before, during and after a disaster; view a map of shelters and disaster-recovery centers across the U.S.; and read the agency’s latest blog posts on disaster incidents and response.
Carolyn Stonner, public-information specialist with FEMA Region VII, describes conditions on the ground, explains FEMA’s role in the tornado response, and discusses radio communications complications, as the tornado destroyed infrastructure.
Social-media outlets like Twitter and Facebook have become valuable tools for public safety and other government agencies that want to communicate with citizenry, especially in emergencies. But government officials also are finding themselves grappling with the misinformation that such media often spawns.