Accession Number : ADA080759
Title : Federal and State Responses to the Emergency Response Communications Program. Draft Report, March 1979.
Corporate Author : INTERAGENCY COMMITTEE FOR SEARCH AND RESCUE WASHINGTON DC
Report Date : Jun 1979
Pagination or Media Count : 97
Abstract : The basic aim of this study--to develop a more effective, integrated emergency communication system--is laudable and should be heartily endorsed. The report is also useful in developing a general concept for such a system, in outlining the rationale and general need for such a system, and in providing some useful background data. But the study also has some serious deficiencies: (1) An adequate systems analysis on this subject must start with the functional requirements for emergency communication--i.e., who needs to communicate with whom, when, where, on what subjects, and under what time constraints. (2) The serious problems of financial, political, and social feasibility in implementing this communications program are either ignored or given short shrift. The report seems to assume that the potential users will quickly accept the need for this system and come forth with the necessary endorsement and funding. That seens to me to be a naive point of view. The rural and remote areas that would benefit most from this proposed system are least able to give financial support to the system. Although the report says that is addresses the problems of 'showing political viability,' and 'demonstrating economic feasibility' in designing the system, it really fails to give cognizance to the likely political, economic, and social constraints that will come into play in efforts to implement the program.
Descriptors : *POLICIES , *EMERGENCIES , *CIVIL DEFENSE , *COMMUNICATION AND RADIO SYSTEMS , DISASTERS , FEASIBILITY STUDIES , RESPONSE , PLANNING , SYSTEMS ANALYSIS , QUESTIONNAIRES
Subject Categories : Administration and Management
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE