Fort Wayne Mayor moots idea of a disaster communication response system

Inside INdiana Business reports an announcement made by Fort Wayne Mayor Graham Richard that the community should develop a disaster response system. This announcement came as part of the Mayor’s presentation at the Six Sigma meeting. The mayor is examining methods of improving communications in an unforeseen eventuality, and has selected a team to look into this aspect. This team will specify the requirements of an effective disaster communications system, and then put forward a schedule and the estimated budget for building the system.

Past experience has shown that in case of an emergency, it is the local backup system that works first, before the state machinery is able to reach the disaster-hit area. This further accentuates the importance of an effective communications system that can manage unforeseen calamities. Inside INdiana Business elaborates on the Mayor’s plans:

To help meet the challenge, Mayor Richard has created a Disaster Communication Response BEST Team (Building Excellent Systems through Teams) to explore ways to enhance communication systems in a major, community wide emergency. Lou Dollive, president and general manager at ITT Industries and Wayne Iurillo, site executive at Raytheon will co-chair the team.