How To Increase Your Mobile Command Center Capabilities

Updated: Feb 24

Mobile Command Centers are used in nearly every form of emergency communications management. This includes providing security for special events and providing Emergency Communications and Disaster Communications of on scene resources for large scale disasters. Mobile Command Centers can provide a necessary command presence during critical emergency events in conditions where infrastructure is working and uncompromised.

However, there are simply times when you cannot get a Mobile Command Center to the most critical points of operations fast enough due to logistical challenges or compromised infrastructure such as roads. In many disasters where the infrastructure has been compromised, Mobile Command Centers are unable to be deployed within the critical First 72 hours of large-scale emergency and disaster events. Having a rapidly deployable Tactical Mobile Command Center on scene in the First 72 hours is critical for coordinating emergency communication response resources and for establishing a timely beach-head for Command and Control.

Augmenting Mobile Command Centers with a more rapidly deployable Tactical Mobile Emergency Communications System can greatly increase and extend a Mobile Command Center’s capabilities. Additionally, the right Tactical Mobile Emergency Communications System can be a capable substitute for communities that simply cannot afford a Mobile Command Center. Nearly every emergency response agency and community can greatly benefit from having a smaller more rapidly deployable mobile command center. This smaller, more mobile, emergency communication center can also be an operational alternative or force multiplier for a large, logistically heavy Mobile Command Center. This strategy involves leveraging a lighter tactical communications system that has the following characteristics:

  • First 72-Hour Response Capability- The ideal Tactical Mobile Emergency Communications System must be able to provide Command, Control and Emergency Communications within the critical First 72-hour response window. The faster the system can be deployed to the main nerve center of the emergency or disaster, the higher the likelihood of obtaining best possible outcomes.

  • Rapid Deployability- The ideal Tactical Mobile Emergency Communication System must be logistically light and portable for rapid deployment. The system must be easy to transport, be easily deployable by a single person, simple to set up, and easy to operate. The system should have the ability to be air dropped, or if necessary, be able to be hand carried to the most forward points of operations.

  • Autonomous Capability- The ideal Tactical Mobile Emergency Communications system must be able to operate no matter the hazard or emergency, and have a minimum of 72-hour operational capability. It must be able to operate with complete independence with no need for other systems, including infrastructure systems such as working grid power, roads, fuel and network communications systems.

  • Multipoint Operations Capability- The ideal Tactical Mobile Emergency Communications System must be able to provide multi-point operations to provide Situational Awareness (SA) across all levels of the disaster event. The system must be able to provide communications across the entire Public Safety Domain, across jurisdictions, both down the chain and back to the main points of Command and Control from the most forward points of operations.

Once a Mobile Command Center is able to arrive on scene, Tactical Mobile Command Center (s) can be pushed to more forward points of operation to provide deeper Command, Control and Communications into the most critical nerve centers of the response and recovery operation.

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