We are constantly reminded of all the risks that we face today: hurricanes, earthquakes, and other natural disasters; terrorism; man-made disasters, such as hazardous materials accidents; and epidemics and pandemics.
What does it take for governments to meet the disaster readiness challenge? At the heart of effective disaster preparedness and response is a jurisdiction-wide approach that integrates emergency actions across the domains of emergency management, homeland security, and continuity of operations (COOP) and continuity of government (COG).
Each of these domains brings both capabilities and equities that are critical to a successful recovery—clearly partnership is essential for true readiness, and even more during periods of tightening budgets.
The complexity of potential disasters we face today requires government-wide planning and integrated solutions. Yet recent evaluations of readiness programs from the local to the federal level point out that although most jurisdictions have basic response capabilities, few are able to properly address complex disasters—in effect, they have reached a readiness plateau and are short of where they need to be.
Information technology (IT) plays an essential role in facilitating planning and policy activities and in expediting emergency actions across domains.
Too many IT vendors focus on specific technological solutions that generally address only a small part of the overall challenge—a “point solution.” Unfortunately, these point solutions leave numerous gaps where significant problems can develop and undermine even the most well planned strategy.
IT delivers the backbone for robust emergency readiness and response. When implemented thoroughly and as part of an enterprise-wide approach to readiness—not as a motley mix of disparate point solutions—IT provides the key to fully leveraging your resources to meet the current spectrum of threats.
Our emergency management, business continuity, disaster recovery, and information security experts can help your organization effectively and efficiently prepare for the full range of threats your jurisdiction faces. We help you adopt enterprise-wide planning and implementation of readiness programs, starting with the capabilities-based approach used by DHS, and upon which federal readiness grants are predicated.
Telkite offers a range of services that can precisely be tailored to each customer’s specific needs:
Overall Program Assessment
Integrated EM, HS, and COOP/COG
NIMS implementation and compliance
Single points of failure
IT support for emergency operations
Emergency operations center functionality
Data and transmission security
Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery
COOP and COG
Grant application and management
IT Integration and Mapping
Emergency notification and public warning
Crisis information management
Business process management