Emergency management agencies in every state provide critical services previous-to and throughout emergencies, disasters and special events. Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) is the independent cabinet-level agency tasked with emergency preparedness planning, response and recovery in the Commonwealth.
It was announced in April that PEMA received national reaccreditation by the Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP). The EMAP is part of a national effort to establish a baseline measurement of the nation's emergency management capabilities. It helps states improve their ability to prepare for, and respond to, emergencies and disasters of all kinds.
This reaccreditation states that PEMA meets the national standards and demonstrates compliance in 16 different areas; including communications.
PEAKE has worked closely with PEMA over the past 8 years, providing the agency with various solutions that improve operations both at their emergency operations center in Harrisburg and ‘in-the-field’, with their fleet of mobile command and communication vehicles.
Solutions provided by PEAKE include:
Along with the Pennsylvania State Police, PEMA personnel were recently deployed to Baltimore, Maryland in response to the Baltimore riots. Pennsylvania offered support in response to Maryland’s request for assistance under the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC).
PEMA’s participation in this mutual aid response showcased the EMAP-accredited communication capabilities of the agency as they were seamlessly connected to other responding agencies. PEMA’s mobile command and communication capabilities allowed for personnel to operate and provide assistance throughout the civil unrest.
As PEMA continues to prepare for and respond to statewide and national emergencies, disasters and events, PEAKE continues to provide the agency with the mobile command and communication resources they need to ‘Ready PA’.