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Fire service input needed on 2017 hurricane season communications

Posted: Jan. 4, 2018

The 2017 hurricane season will go down in history as one of the worst on record, with four major hurricanes significantly affecting seven states and two territories. While many areas are still recovering and will be for years to come, it is never too early to start identifying areas of response that were successes and those that need improvement.

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To that end, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) requests comments on response during the hurricane season. Specifically, the FCC is looking for information on things related to communications infrastructure and outages; 911 services; FCC’s response; interoperability; and the communications service user and provider experience, including the Emergency Alert System and Wireless Emergency Alerts.

This is a valuable opportunity for state, local, tribal and territorial agencies to weigh in on how communications will be handled in future disasters. Though only a portion of the country was affected by the 2017 hurricane season, the entire country will benefit from this information-gathering process. Agencies in affected areas are strongly encouraged to participate (PDF, 159 KB).

Comments must be submitted by Monday, January 22, 2018.

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