Pennsylvania improves readiness with enterprise planning system

“When the waters are rising, we don’t have time to look through binders or call around to see who has the latest copy of an emergency plan,” says Shane Woodmancy, emergency management specialist for the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA)

Like Woodmancy, emergency managers everywhere know it is critical to get up-to-date information into the hands of responding personnel quickly. And with so many responders now carrying agency-owned or personal mobile devices, the idea of lugging boxes of paper plans to an incident site or command center seems almost unthinkable. Expectations are increasing for emergency management personnel to deploy resources effectively and make timely, coordinated decisions in the field and in the emergency operations center (EOC).

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