Talking is problematic, so DC takes action
More than a year after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the country remains wholeheartedly focused on strengthening its levels of security and readiness for crises. “Emergency preparedness” has become a common expression and, now more than ever, cities and counties throughout the U.S. are pursuing initiatives to prepare for unexpected tragedies.
The government of the District of Columbia is revamping its communications technologies as one of many steps to improve its level of emergency services to its residents. The District needs faster, more reliable communications to eliminate life-threatening interruptions. During the Sept. 11 attacks, for example, many of the District’s emergency wireless and telephone communication systems, which relied on the public switched telephone network, experienced overload triggered by heavy call volume, which in turn slowed the pace of response for the D.C. Metropolitan Police...