Emergency Command Centers in flood events rely on information to allocate resources. The more data the command center has that is quickly actionable, Better asset allocation during a flood is obtainable by using data that can be quickly interpreted and visual data can quickly depict a situation so decisions can be made more quickly.
The mapping of real time data will allow command center operations to quickly make decisions for asset deployment to its best and highest use.
Emergency responders like search and rescue are a vital component in a flooding environment. High ranking officials must coordinate with local law enforcement to manage the high volume of rescues normally made to 911 during a flood. Administration must be able to effectively deploy assets to the proper areas as soon as possible.
The implementation of SafePassage across a town, city, county or state will increase the number of officers available to respond to emergency situations when they are needed the most.
Law enforcement is responsible for identifying flooded roadways that are unsafe to drive on in a vehicle. To the end, officers are tasked with driving from location to location to checking on multiple roadways during their shift. Once a flooded roadway is found, the officer alerts dispatch about the location and the need to close the road and remains on scene to ensure drivers to not enter the flooded roadway.
Once the call is made to dispatch, dispatch contacts the appropriate road/highway personnel offices to advise them barricades need to be placed at the location. Road/highway crews are then dispatched to go to the location and place the barricades they proceed to the location.
Problems with this systematic, labor intensive way of identifying flooded roads are numerous.
- If it is dark and heavy rain is occurring, the officer might accidentally drive into a flooded roadway with swift water crossing the road putting their lives at risk.
- If an emergency call is received by dispatch and the officer is the closest responder, then they must leave the scene leaving the road unattended allowing drivers to cross through dangerous waters.
- The flooded road location may be in a rural area 45 minutes outside of town which reduces the manpower needed to guard the public’s safety.
- The officer’s vehicle is using additional fuel driving in extreme weather increasing fuel and maintenance costs of the vehicle.
Using a system specifically designed to identify flooded roads, alert the appropriate agencies and turn on warning lights is a much more efficient and effective way to complete the task without the risk of loss of life.