Communication is Crucial in Times of Crisis: FEMA and FCC Plan Nationwide Emergency Alert Test

When natural disasters or other critical events threaten public safety, communication is crucial to the outcome. Alerts and notifications, whether new or as situation updates, must be made quickly, correctly, and preferably through multiple modalities (e.g., phone, text, TV). [...]

NOAA Updates Hurricane Season Outlook to “Above Normal” Status, Emphasizes Preparedness

Earlier this year, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and its Climate Prediction Center, a division of the National Weather Service, projected a "near-normal" Atlantic Hurricane Season for 2023. Given recent tropical activity and abnormally warm ocean waters, [...]

September is National Preparedness Month: Take Control in 1, 2, 3

For 19 years, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has recognized September as National Preparedness Month, or NPM. Its purpose is to remind everyone in America how important it is for individuals, families, and communities to prepare for disasters and emergencies [...]

August 2023 Disasters and the Ever-Increasing Need for Emergency Preparedness

Fires. Tropical storms. Floods. Excessive heat. With so many major emergencies recently occurring across the country, your community or organization may be asking “what if” and questioning its own emergency preparedness. It’s certainly understandable. Weeks ago, no one would [...]

DHS Makes Additional $374.9M Available in Funding to Boost State and Local Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity threats are steadily on the rise nationwide, not just for the business community but for state, local, and territorial (SLT) governments as well. They appear to be a sweet spot for cybercriminals, especially when it comes to ransomware [...]

Healthcare System Falls Victim to Ransomware Attack, Reinforces Need for Emergency Preparedness Nationwide

As written in a previous blog post from BOLDplanning, a division of Agility, today's hospitals and other medical facilities face unprecedented challenges when responding to and recovering from critical events.  These extend beyond health emergencies, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, [...]