Today’s economic development relies heavily on the expeditious flow of goods and services all across our country and throughout the world. Within the U.S., commerce is fueled by the successful utilization of our nation’s infrastructure and the most popular modes of transportation including planes, trains, trucks, and cargo ships. The entire system is heavily dependent upon the evolution of technology, helping us create a connectedness among cities, states, regions, and countries.
So what would happen if our transportation system should falter? Or if a technological malfunction were to occur that disrupted power, bringing manufacturing capabilities to a halt or crippling the transportation of goods?
Corporations have invested millions of dollars within R&D to improve transportation technology, but this effort does not automatically assure us that all mechanisms are invincibly safe or steadfast. Regardless of technological developments, accidents still occur. This is what happened on October 5, 2015, as an Amtrak train derailed in Vermont over an embankment injuring six people. Though there were no fatalities, this derailment brings into focus the need for cities, counties, and companies to create and maintain an emergency communication plan to prepare for future potential logistic crises.
An accident of this magnitude can produce not only passenger injuries, fatalities, and economic consequences across the board, but it can also result in environmental disasters. Trains carrying hazardous materials travel our country every day and yield a terrifying image. Imagine a derailed passenger rail car spewing hazardous chemicals or potentially flammable substances into the environment as injured children and adults attempt to hurriedly climb out of railcar windows into the wilderness under fallen night skies. In this scenario, and with the knowledge of understanding how vital our county roads and railways are to moving people and product from place to place, a derailment can cripple commerce and transportation for hundreds of miles and impact unsuspecting citizens living both near and far.
With this in mind, having a reliable and easy to deploy emergency communication solution for public notifications of local incidents is imperative. How will nearby neighborhoods know to evacuate? How do you inform citizens that dangerous chemical fumes are headed toward a residential area? What roads will now be shut down, and for how long? How will the transport of other goods be affected or hindered by the accident? How quickly will first responders be notified of the accident and be able to perform their duties? How many people were injured? And how does the local hospital contact its support personnel to recall them back to duty? All of these questions come to mind just moments after such an incident occurs.
Don’t delay until a logistic crisis happens in your region, or to your organization. Be sure to invest in an emergency notification system that is fast, reliable, and affordable, and that can deliver critical alerts via voice, text, SMS, email, social media, and TTY. Understand the value of being prepared before an emergency—don’t wait until after one happens to put your proactive tools in place and be better prepared to save lives and assist the community.