August 3, 2020

Editorial

Robocalls and Wireless Accuracy on FCC July Agenda

The FCC has scheduled its July Open Committee Meeting and the agenda is packed with several issues critical to public safety communications. However, there are two topics included on the agenda that should be of great interest to PSAPs: robocalls and wireless call accuracy. CG Docket No. 17-59, Advanced Methods to Target and Eliminate Unlawful […]

Creating Disasters through Mass Urban Evacuation

While preparing your community for a hurricane, if the evacuation creates its own disaster, is evacuation still a good idea? In the aftermath of the evacuation, Garnet Coleman, the Democratic State Representative from Houston asked “Is the chance of dying greater in the movement than in the storm? That is the question we need to consider.” This case study discusses the challenges that arose when public officials decided that a mass evacuation of a densely-populated region was necessary 3 days prior to Hurricane Rita making landfall in Texas and Louisiana.