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Emergency Managers Expanding Communication Channels to Increase Public Safety Awareness

Social-MediaFROM PR NEWSWIRE….UNIVERSITY PARK, Ill., Oct. 15, 2013– As mobile technologies and social media channels continue to penetrate Americans’ communications behaviors, emergency managers are working diligently to ensure emergency communications keep pace. This is one of the findings from the 2013 Federal Signal Public Safety Survey, which examines some of the greatest challenges currently faced by emergency managers. The survey, following on the heels of September’s National Emergency Preparedness Month, comes as recent tragedies in Yosemite National Park and Aurora, Colo., remind Americans of the unpredictable and devastating effects man-made and natural disasters can have.

Now in its fourth year, and conducted again by Zogby, the annual report has traditionally surveyed the general public on safety awareness and emergency preparedness attitudes and behaviors. For the first time, however, this year’s survey shifts the conversation by asking emergency managers about the most significant challenges they face and the measures they are taking to address them.

“Last year’s Federal Signal Public Safety Survey showed that complacency and a lack of safety awareness are common public perception when it comes to emergency preparedness and response,” said Joe Wilson, president of the Industrial Systems Division, Safety and Security Group at Federal Signal. “This year, we wanted to assess the complexity of the issues emergency managers face and uncover the actions they are taking to find effective solutions.” CLICK HERE TO READ MORE