July 2014 – The Wireless RERC recently updated their consideration guide to help emergency response and preparedness communities plan for individuals with access and functional needs. The document highlights technology, policy, training and education concerns for making emergency communications more accessible. Some considerations include:
- Procuring and utilizing software/hardware solutions and interoperable networks for (1) receiving alert feeds from multiple sources and (2) transitioning to a next generation 9-1-1 system.
- Ensuring responsible federal agencies enforce laws safeguarding people with disabilities.
- Empowering end-users by providing information and resources on accessible emergency alert and information options.
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