Mission Manager Showcases Incident Management Software to Emergency Managers at PIEPC in Washington State; Upcoming Venues Include SWAT Conferences in New York, Louisiana and Las Vegas

Mission Manager today unveils its powerful incident management tool to emergency managers in the Pacific Northwest during the Partners in Emergency Preparedness Conference (PIEPC), which runs through Thursday in Tacoma, Washington.  The conference is part of Mission Manager’s coast-to-coast road show, which includes tactical SWAT venues in New York, Louisiana and Las Vegas over the next few weeks. Here’s a rundown of the upcoming venues:

Partners in Emergency Preparedness Conference

At Booth #19, Mission Manager’s staff will demonstrate how the cloud-based software can improve the efficiency and effectiveness of emergency management Capture34agencies during large-scale natural disasters, such as earthquakes, tornadoes and tsunamis. The venue attracts approximately 700 people representing business, schools, government, the nonprofit sector, emergency management professionals and volunteer organizations.

 In addition to its technology showcase, PIEPC features a wide array of presentations that include lessons learned from recent worldwide events such as earthquakes, workplace violence, current hazards research, contingency planning, school preparedness, technology, media interactions and public health issues.

New York Tactical Officers Association

The following week, Mission Manager representatives will head to the Northeast for the Tactical Conference & Expo 2016,  which runs April 26-27 in Verona,ny NY. This large-scale SWAT training conference and vendor show is sponsored by the New York Tactical Officers Association (NYTOA), a non-profit corporation established to promote training, professionalism and the exchange of information between members of law enforcement, tactical units and crisis negotiation teams within, and surrounding, New York state.

Mission Manager will be among 150 industry vendors at NYTOA showcasing their latest technologies and products. At booth #508, Mission Manager reps will demonstrate how the software tool can streamline an agency’s daily operations, speed response times, and help ensure a Unified Command for deployments ranging from active shooters and high-risk warrant service to large-scale public events and training drills.LTPOA-emblem-185x185

Louisiana Tactical Police Officers Association Training Conference 

Next on the tour is the Louisiana Tactical Police Officers Association Training Conference, held May 2-6, in Gonzalez, LA. The venue, hosted by the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office, will include the vendor show on May 2, along with an incident debrief of the Lafayette Grand 16 theater shooting. The next few days will feature a SWAT competition and intensive training tracks.

TacOps West

CaptureMission Manager will then head back to the West Coast for the TacOps West show, set for May 18-19 in Las Vegas, NV. TacOps West is a tactical training conference and exposition that balances elite training, networking functions and trade show experience into a three-day event. Mission Manager, which will be featuring interactive demos at booth #111, will be among 100 industry vendors showcasing their latest technologies and products.

The conference also includes approximately 30 training tracks taught by some of the most sought after instructors in the nation. Some of the top teams presenting are Las Vegas Metro SWAT, Los Angeles County SEB, LAPD SWAT and NYPD ESU.

Sponsoring associations include the National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA), Arizona Tactical Officers Association (ATOA), Utah Tactical Officers Association (UTOA) and the California Association of Tactical Officers (CATO).

Cloud-based Mission Manager provides a one-stop integrated solution for team and asset management, real-time communications, situational awareness with robust maps, and automated reporting capabilities.

Mission Manager can help agencies become more proactive vs. reactive – and ultimately improve response times – because it is based on the core principles of “Preparation. Readiness. Execution.”larry

As a daily team management tool, Mission Manager provides the current status and qualifications of members, including training, certifications and expirations. Administrators can also easily track and manage their team’s equipment and maintenance schedules.

Because this data is readily available, emergency managers / incident commanders can quickly determine who is qualified and available to respond when an emergency strikes.

When used as an online command center, Mission Manager helps ensure 360-degree situational awareness. The software provides a common operational picture – on multiple devices – that can be shared among agencies in multiple jurisdictions that are responding to the mission.

Mission Manager features robust mapping capabilities with more than 90 mapping overlays, including topography, natural hazards, locations of hospitals and police departments, as well as social media feeds at points of interest.

Highly secure and customizable, Mission Manager’s robust database provides a second-by-second record of every event. This data can be easily exported for ICS NIMS compliant reports.


Mission Manager Reps Demonstrate Incident Management Tool at Texas TEMC Emergency Management and TTPOA SWAT Trade Shows

Mission Manager representatives have converged on Texas this week to showcase the company’s incident management software capabilities to the Emergency Management and Law Enforcement communities during two prestigious trade shows – the Texas Emergency Management Conference (TEMC), which runs today and tomorrow in San Antonio, and the Texas Tactical Police Officer Association (TTPOA) SWAT show, scheduled Thursday and Friday in San Marcos.

TDEM LogoThe TEMC conference, which is hosted by the Texas Division of Emergency Management, attracts approximately 3,000 elected officials, first responders, emergency managers and decision makers from across Texas. At Mission Manager’s booth #412, company representatives will demonstrate how the cloud-based incident management software can help agencies control the chaos during disasters, and in the process, help save lives and property.

At the TTPOA Conference – one of the largest SWAT conferences in the United States – Mission Manager’s staff will demonstrate how the same
TTPOAtechnology applies to tactical missions ranging from active shooters, high-risk warrant service and campus security to large-scale public events and training drills. During live demos at booth #T-58, the staff will show tactical officers first-hand how Mission Manager can help ensure a Unified Command, assist with crime scene management and reports needed for legal compliance.

About Mission Manager

Based on the core principles of Preparation, Readiness and Execution, Mission Manager is designed to serve as a daily team management tool and online command center. As a daily tool, Mission Manager automates personnel and asset management functions, as well as scheduling, task management and reporting processes.

Because personnel data is readily available and kept current – with customized login access levels for each member – incident commanders / emergency managers can quickly assemble teams and manage deployments.

During callouts, Mission Manager provides immediate/rapid personnel notification though SMS text, voice and email (or all three simultaneously). This expedites the Mission Manager Screenresponse effort when every second counts. Administrators can quickly build teams through drag-and-drop functions, and establish the Command Post location and other area of interest on mission maps.

When used in the field, Mission Manager provides a common operating picture – on multiple devices regardless of location – that can be shared among agencies responding to the mission. All messaging is secure and cannot be picked up by radio/police scanners. 

Every detail of the incident is captured and fully integrated into Mission Manager’s highly secure database –  including event logs, team assignments and radio logs – making the reporting process easy. Rather than re-tracing the chain of the events with pen-and-paper, administrators can quickly produce ICS reports and after action reviews with a click of a button.

For more details on how Mission Manager can assist agencies, check out these posts:

Emergency Management:
Learn How an Automated Incident Management Software Tool can Improve Emergency Preparedness and Response – Anywhere at Anytime in the Cloud

Tactical SWAT Teams
10 Steps to an Effective Active Shooter Response with Mission Manager Incident Management Software

About the Texas Tactical Police Officers Association

TTPOA  is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the pursuit of excellence for SWAT units. TTPOA fosters the exchange of information between agencies and members; creates standards of training; and provides affordable training resources for tactical officers and teams. Established in 1983, TTPOA has grown to more than 3,000 members representing Texas and the U.S., as well as Europe and South America.

About the Texas Division of Emergency Management

TDEM coordinates the state emergency management program, which is intended to ensure the state and its local governments respond to and recover from emergencies and disasters, and implement plans and programs to help prevent or lessen the impact of emergencies and disasters. TDEM also provides an extensive array of specialized training for emergency responders and local officials, and administers disaster recovery and hazard mitigation programs in the State of Texas.

From Emergency Management to Law Enforcement, Twitter is Changing the Face of Incident Management and Disaster Response – Hashtag by Hashtag

As Twitter celebrates its 10th anniversary this week, releasing a timeline of its most memorable moments, we’ve all witnessed how the social media giant has changed the world – hashtag-by-hashtag. With its 320 million active users pounding out 140-character limit messages each month, there’s no doubt that Twitter has ramped up communications to unimaginable levels.tweets

Twitter has changed the way we monitor disasters, solve crimes, watch sports, consume news, build brands and connect with our audiences at an emotional level.

In the law enforcement community, Twitter is helping to solve crimes and prevent incidents from becoming mass casualty events.  Not only does social media humanize the force, it provides a platform for police officers to share information and quickly respond to tips from civilians.

When it comes to emergency management, social media monitoring with Twitter is a key ingredient to situational awareness during disasters. Having access to real-time information from eyewitnesses at the scene helps incident commanders/emergency managers make the right decisions – at the right time –when deploying strategic resources.

That is why we’ve included Twitter feeds within Mission Manager’s robust mapping tools. As part of our geo-coded social media monitoring capabilities, Mission Manager enables administrators to monitor tweets Mission Manager Twitter screenin real time, based on key words and related hashtags, to determine who is saying what within an area of interest.  Mission Manager’s cloud-based incident management system also allows you to capture the data and images from the Twitter feeds and quickly export the data for reports.

Revolutionizing Emergency Management with Tweets

In addition to situational awareness, Twitter has eased information bottleneck for agencies during emergencies and ensures a consistent flow of information to the public. It allows emergency managers to interact with the public and get a second-by-second account of what’s happening during a crisis in an effort to save lives and property.

As witnessed during major disasters like Hurricane Sandy – which caused an estimated $50 billion in damages – emergency crews can quickly gauge the hardest hit areas based on the volume of Tweets in the path of destruction, according to an article in the New York Times, “Twitter Storms Gauge Damage of Real Ones.”

The article was based on a scientific study by the Commonwealth and Industrial Research Organization in Melbourne, Australia, which was twitter2recently published in Science Advances.  It turns out that Twitter was slightly better than FEMA’s own models  in predicting the location and severity of damages caused by the 2012 storm, according to the report.

The study was based on 9.7 million Sandy-related messages sent by 2.2 million people during the disaster, according to the New York Times. Keywords such as FEMA, power, sandy, storm, etc., were analyzed and correlated with messages about financial data from federal, state and local relief payments and insurance claims filed after the storm.

“The more damage Sandy actually did to a neighborhood, as measured by the per capita cost of the repairs, the higher the intensity of relevant tweeting from those areas just after the storm,” according to the Science Advances report.

Even more amazing is Twitter’s swift speed when it comes to earthquake warnings. When a magnitude 5.8 earthquake hit Virginia in 2011, “the first Twitter reports from bystanders at the epicenter reached New York about 40 seconds ahead of the quake’s first shock waves,” according to the New York Times article.

As a result, federal seismologists are now experimenting with crowdsource earthquake warnings.

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