Three Emerging Innovations Improving Emergency Response
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Three Emerging Innovations Improving Emergency Response

Catalina Joseph, Gov CIO Outlook | Thursday, May 05, 2022

Emerging technologies are making it easier for responders to evaluate threats, share information, plan emergency responses, and revolutionize the way response teams coordinate their activities.

FREMONT, CA: With this increase in crises, technologies have an increasingly significant role in improving emergency management departments across the country. Many emergency management systems operate on legacy systems. People in need cannot easily share information to emergency responders, making emergency communication and resource coordination more costly and complex. Governments are already making strides in using technologies to improve emergency response operations. Emerging technologies present. Here are some of the recent innovations in emergency response.

• Smartphone Technology

Smartphones and technology have enhanced and simplified many types of emergency response. They have evolved to integrate advanced security features. They’ve also put some extra features in place for people who need to access emergency services.  Everyone in a household knows how to access the emergency keypad on the smartphone. One can use the emergency setting to bypass it and make critical calls.

• Wildfire Protection Systems

According to a recent report, between January and April 2020, 52,903 wildfires burned over 2.4 million acres, representing the most wildfire activity seen since 2000. Wildfires can be devastating, but the new automated system proposes a solution that can give landowners an intelligent way to respond to the threat. It has an infrared tower that identifies wildfires up to 50 miles away and alerts property owners and emergency responders. It contains piping filled with water that can be sprayed. Well-placed roof soakers can ease the strain of identifying and managing wildfires for emergency responders.

• Geographic Information Systems

Geographic information systems (GIS) have significant value to offer for emergency responders. This analytical mapping technology helps them understand where hazards occurred, how many people are affected, and what kind of response is needed. GIS models and simulation capabilities allow decision-makers to exercise response and recovery plans during non-disaster times and understand real-time possibilities during an event. GIS systems can offer critical social data to help emergency responders and public health leaders comprehend a population’s vulnerability to an emergency event. As in several technology innovation areas, emergency management is seeing the evolution of systems that can turn data into actionable information.

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