Broadcasters from radio, television and cable stations nationwide participated in a test of the Emergency Alert System on Sept. 27, 2017. Arizona hosted the national test, this was the third time the test was conducted simultaneously across the nation, and the first time the test was initiated outside of Washington, D.C.
More than 400 emergency management professionals from local, state, and federal governments, first responders and crisis response experts gathered for the Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs (DEMA) 2017 Preparedness Symposium. The topics discussed included continuity of operations, critical infrastructure, cybersecurity, economic recovery, crisis communication, and evacuation and re-entry.
Wildland fires that move toward populated areas can be deadly, destructive and frightening for those residing in their paths.
Communication is critical during emergencies. Access to vital safety information is important for communities who may be affected. One such community is the Deaf and hard-of-hearing. Ideally, captioning and/or sign language interpreters are provided by emergency response organizations to reach access and functional needs audiences.
In previous wildland fire seasons, these services were not provided in Arizona.