Video conferencing improves emergency plans

Wednesday, February 29 2012

According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), every family should have an emergency plan so they know where to seek safety, how to contact one another and where to meet once it's safe. Video conferencing can enhance emergency plans as a way to connect with loved ones as soon as possible.

Not only can video conferencing speed up the response time between family members, it can improve communication between safety and government officials as well.

The Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection (DESPP) in Connecticut has added video conferencing to the regional emergency plans. With the communications system, safety officials and emergency responders can coordinate efforts before, during and after major emergencies. To prepare, the DESPP is offering live emergency management training courses via the internet for local participation.

According to the National Emergency Communications Plan, video communications through services like web conferencing are part of the government's plan for communication following a disaster.

Businesses can also benefit from including video conferencing technology in their emergency response plans. With just an internet connection and a computer, employees will be able to get back online to connect with coworkers and keep things on schedule.