Emergency Communications Available in the Midst of NYC Blackout

As parts of New York City were plunged into darkness this weekend, emergency communications were upheld by standards that are set in place to avoid disaster in power outages.

This weekend, New York City’s Upper West side was immersed in darkness by a massive power outage caused by an equipment failure in the electrical equipment system. Thousands of residents, businesses, and scores of Broadway shows were affected, but luckily, there were standards in place to ensure the avoidance of what could have been a much larger catastrophe — emergency communications.

According to the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), standards, which remain a cornerstone of emergency communications, help assure that responders can depend on the compatibility, functionality, and usability of telecommunications systems during outages and other emergencies.

The P25 suite of standards provides a foundation for interoperable, digital, two-way wireless communications for public safety and emergency responders, such as those facing a large-scale blackout. It was developed by the Telecommunications Industry Association, an ANSI member and accredited standards developer.

ANSI members developed a number of standards that certain existing emergency communications systems rely on. These standards provide guidelines for locating where emergency calls originate to location accuracy for specific settings.

In addition, a new emergency communications system, called Next Generation 911, will be put in place for the United States in the near future. According to ANSI, the technology will make emergency communications even easier and more accurate.

“This system will replace the current system with a new base technology that uses different software and database control mechanisms,” ANSI wrote. “NG911 will have increased capabilities such as non-voice messaging, photo and video transmission, and interoperability to transfer calls and data with other emergency and public safety entities in addition to 911 emergency call centers.”

Download Center

  • Safety Metrics Guide

    Is your company leveraging its safety data and analytics to maintain a safe workplace? With so much data available, where do you start? This downloadable guide will give you insight on helpful key performance indicators (KPIs) you should track for your safety program.

  • Job Hazard Analysis Guide

    This guide includes details on how to conduct a thorough Job Hazard Analysis, and it's based directly on an OSHA publication for conducting JHAs. Learn how to identify potential hazards associated with each task of a job and set controls to mitigate hazard risks.

  • A Guide to Practicing “New Safety”

    Learn from safety professionals from around the world as they share their perspectives on various “new views” of safety, including Safety Differently, Safety-II, No Safety, Human and Organizational Performance (HOP), Resilience Engineering, and more in this helpful guide.

  • Lone Worker Safety Guide

    As organizations digitalize and remote operations become more commonplace, the number of lone workers is on the rise. These employees are at increased risk for unaddressed workplace accidents or emergencies. This guide was created to help employers better understand common lone worker risks and solutions for lone worker risk mitigation and incident prevention.

  • EHS Software Buyer's Guide

    Learn the keys to staying organized, staying sharp, and staying one step ahead on all things safety. This buyer’s guide is designed for you to use in your search for the safety management solution that best suits your company’s needs.

  • Vector Solutions

Featured Whitepaper

OH&S Digital Edition

  • OHS Magazine Digital Edition - July August 2022

    July / August 2022

    Featuring:

    • CONFINED SPACES
      Specific PPE is Needed for Entry and Exit
    • HAZARD COMMUNICATION
      Three Quick Steps to Better HazCom Training
    • GAS DETECTION
      Building a Chemical Emergency Toolkit
    • RESPIRATORY PROTECTION
      The Last Line of Defense
    View This Issue