First Responders Group evaluates emergency notification methods

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The Department of Homeland Security’s Science & Technology Directorate detailed projects from the First Responders Group (FRG) through an article on Thursday.

The FRG details studies that focused on wireless emergency alerts and their effectiveness in aiding community members' first response personnel. One study focused on the format of emergency-related messaging and looked at wording, length and other items. Other research focused on how geo-targeting can affect message efficacy and adaptation to different emergency situations, and analysis of social media platforms and public sentiment to these kinds of online alerts.

The FRG also held a discussion over Twitter regarding the System Assessment and Validation for Emergency Responders (SAVER). The discussion centered on how technology assessments can benefit first response personnel in cost saving and providing better understanding of capabilities of different equipment and devices.

The program interacts with first responders and creates simulations and real world scenarios in the evaluation of equipment. It has provided assessments for approximately 600 pieces of equipment.

At the beginning of October, the FRG held a panel hosted by the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association where they discussed the Internet of Things (IoT) program. Project Manager Jeff Booth stated that the IoT has the potential to provide operational information and data exchange capabilities in real time.

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