What We're Talking About This Week - November 1st

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In the News 

After capturing tens of thousands of data points through a standardized readiness assessment, the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services found visualizations highlight gaps in incident response preparedness. In October, New York public safety teams gathered to train with drones at the the New York State Preparedness Training Center. Firefighters braced for a critical 24-hour window as winds pick up in California, as Kincade fire consumed more than 75,000 acres in the span of six days. As public safety agencies transition to Next Generation systems, they need to make sure the cybersecurity needed for NG911 technology. First responders struggle with PTSD caused by the emergencies, deaths, tragedies they face every day. 

Key Points: 

  • During a 30-year career as a volunteer firefighter and emergency medical technician, paramedic, and police officer, Ken Dillon had seen "the worst of the worst - plane crashes, burned bodies, terrible car accidents" and Sandy Hook was the "straw that broke the camel's back" and he began to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder
  • In the nation's firehouses, hospitals, call centers and police stations, many first responders are struggling with PTSD wrought by both the everyday deaths and tragedies encountered on the job and a national epidemics of mass shootings 
  • A growing numbe rof states, including Colorado, Texas, Vermont, Louisiana, Minnesota and conneticut, have recently passed legislation to provide workers' compensation for first responders suffering from PTSD, hoping to break stigma about seeking help after witnessing trauma 
  • Dillon credits his recovery to self-wareness, professional help from doctors, and support from his peers and his agency, and encourages other first responders to remember that it's normal to have mental response to tragedies 

This Week From The Rave Team 

Read some of the stories our writers were most excited to share with you this week. To access all of our stories, check out our blog

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Rave In The News 

The Cape Girardeau County Office of Emergency Management has opened up its Rave Alert system to all county residents and is making a public push to get thousands of residents signed up over the coming year.The Rave Notification System allows the office to send emergency messages to county residents through text messages, e-mails or voice messages. The alerts include weather warnings sent by the National Weather Service, road closures, siren testing reminders and the closing of county offices.Sam Herndon, emergency management deputy director, said the county is currently using social media like Facebook to communicate with residents, but during emergency situations, more immediate communication is necessary. “This system allows us to get these warnings and watches out to the community a lot quicker and a lot easier,” Herndon said.

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Mary Kate McGrath

Written by Mary Kate McGrath

Mary Kate is a content specialist and social media manager for the Rave Mobile Safety team. She writes about public safety for the state & local and education spheres.

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