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Owning/Managing Organization: TACN FirstNet
Program Description: Host a local "mock" emergency situation, like a tornado or house fire, for a public audience. Respond by communicating with fellow personnel in your jurisdiction using FirstNet-ready devices. Invite the public to attend your event.
Objectives of Program: First responders will have access to FirstNet's fast, reliable broadband network that allows for instant communication with public safety workers across the US. Currently, only 60 percent of Tennessee's 50,000 emergency responders actively use TACN's interoperable land mobile radio system. TACN FirstNet wants every public safety professional in Tennessee to not only adopt existing technologies but prepare for the future of advanced communications. By participating in a mock scenarios, first responders will be able to practice incorporating broadband technology into their response protocol.
How to Participate:
Brainstorm as an agency to create the appropriate emergency scenario and determine an event location. Advertise the event to the public through social media.
Work collectively to organize this event over the course of about 2 months.
Your agency must cover any costs involved in hosting this event. You may be eligible for financial assistance and grants through the Office of Emergency Communications. Visit www.dhs.gov/office-emergency-communications for more information.
Collaborate with responders at your agency to facilitate this event.