Fall is here and that means International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Annual Conference and Exposition is near!

When the “Big Game” came to Atlanta, GA in February 2019, Jim Millsap, technical division chief for the Fulton County E9-1-1 Center, wanted to ensure they were prepared in the event the main E9-1-1 center needed to be evacuated. John Hunt, First Responder Network Authority 9-1-1 senior advisor details how Fulton County Emergency Services used FirstNet to support the backup center.

This blog is a repost from Homeland Preparedness News, originally published on September 17, 2019. The original article can be accessed here.

Throughout the month of September, we recognize FEMA’s annual preparedness campaign to promote readiness in the wake of a disaster. FirstNet Authority’s Director of Field Operations for FirstNet North-Central Region, Lesia Dickson outlines how FirstNet is a vital tool that public safety can rely on when planning for emergencies.

The New Hampshire Department of Public Safety’s Office of Interoperability hosted the FirstNet Authority for two User Forums – for New Hampshire and for Region I states. Public safety officials from across the region gathered to learn more about the FirstNet Authority Roadmap and had the opportunity to explore some FirstNet dedicated assets for first responders.

Tech to Protect, NIST PSCR’s national innovative challenge, introduces coding contests designed to foster communications technology solutions that will aid emergency responders in serving and protecting communities nationwide. Participants will compete for cash prizes from a pool of $2.2 million. The FirstNet Authority is pleased to have technical subject matter experts from our organization leading three contests.