Hurricane Sandy was the most destructive and deadliest tropical cyclone in the history of United States. As related to communication and information management, government forecasters had predicted that the East Coast could experience a rapid storm, which would merge with the Sandy (Hemsley, 2013). Based on this, several agencies and government focused on warning and notification of the potentiality of this natural disaster. This occurred through the use of effective communication plans, processes, equipment, architectures and standards, so that support and operational units maintained situational awareness and communication connectivity. There was effective planning for information management and communications to ensure that the incident related to equipment, policies, standards, systems and training ensured achievement of integrated communications (FEMA, 2007). Common operational picture, interoperability, reliability and scalability, resiliency and redundancy were adopted towards the Hurricane Sandy.
The media warned of a possible terrorist attack within our town. The communication was carried out effectively such that all the stakeholders including anti-terrorist police employed adequate resources to contain the situation (Barrett, 2012). Everybody was alerted, warned, and notified of the danger ahead. As such, we were expected to keep watch of any form of terrorism, or individuals who would be a source of security threat to our community. A common operational picture was adopted where the planning of the information management and communication to address the standards, systems, equipment and policies adopted took place (Kirby, 2012). This ensured that people were careful and would report any sign of danger within their immediate environment. The warning attained its objective since the terrorist attack did not take place and people were vigilant in terms of keeping watch and assessing any form of danger in the environment.
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