The typical equipment that is found in an Emergency Management Mobile Command Center will vary depending on the primary mission needs of the agency. Often these vehicles will have varied combinations of the following:
· Emergency Communications Systems
· Sleeping Quarters
· Conference Facilities
· Cooking Facilities
· Storage for Emergency Equipment
Emergency Management Mobile Command Centers (also known as Mobile Command Centers, or Mobile Communication Vehicles) are typically used to provide Command, Control and Communications at the most forward point of operations for extraordinary
emergency or disaster events. Additionally, Emergency Management Mobile Command Centers are used to cover gaps due to loss of infrastructure, such as the loss of roads, communications or power.
Emergency Management Mobile Command Centers are operated at nearly every level of emergency response, including at the Federal, State, County and municipal agency levels, and can be deployed and operated by nearly any type of response organization including Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) such as the Red Cross. As these vehicles are highly customized, each agency will select equipment based on their own agency’s specific needs.
Emergency Management Mobile Command Centers are often very large vehicle platforms, some even requiring a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) in order drive them due to their large footprint. Depending on the agency’s budget, an Emergency Management Mobile Command Center can have extensive facilities including sleeping quarters with a kitchen, rest facilities, conference facilities, and communications systems for coordinating resources in the emergency or disaster area. Typically, many Emergency Management Mobile Command Centers are out of the price range that many municipalities and response agencies can afford, as these types of vehicles often cost more than $1,000,000.
There are many aspects that an agency must consider before investing in a Mobile Command Center, but the one most overlooked is that the primary purpose of these vehicles is to provide timely emergency communications for the most forward points of operations for an emergency or disaster event. While all the other features contained in an Emergency Management Mobile Command Center may be nice to have, the extra
equipment (which requires a large platform at a high cost) does little to add to that primary mission capability. When distilled down to its essence, the communications capability is the most important aspect of an Emergency Management Mobile Command Center. Everything else beyond communications are simply luxuries for many agencies that have the Command, Control and Communications mission need, but have smaller, austere budgets which may price them out of the full vehicle option.
The good news is there is now a viable substitute for an Emergency Management Mobile Command Center that provides all the communications capability at a much more affordable price point, this mission capability fully available to just about anyone that needs it without all the overhead. The SemperComm® Portable Command Center (PCC) is such a system. SemperComm is a patented portable Emergency Management Mobile Command Center that provides everything needed to replace a traditional Emergency Management Mobile Command Center Vehicle. This system is completely autonomous, portable, and can be transported to any frontline position in any existing vehicle- literally turning ANY vehicle into an effective Emergency Management Mobile Command Center.
Another point often overlooked is that history has repeatedly shown that the typical Emergency Management Mobile Command Center is unable to even be deployed in the most critical first 72-hours of an emergency or disaster event. These large vehicles have
difficulty with early deployment due to damaged infrastructure such as roads being out due to flooding or other natural disaster and are often unable to reach the most needed point for operations. This historical failure of establishing early Command and Control at the most critical point of operations is a well-known common factor and is the primary cause for cascading events which have greatly multiplied the negative outcomes for every emergency or disaster where it has occurred.
In stark contrast, the SemperComm Portable Command Center’s small size allows for it to be easily transported and rapidly deployed to any frontline position within the first critical hours of an emergency event. This allows response agencies to have the capability to rapidly establish a Communications “beach-head” early in the emergency event, providing the responders near immediate communications capability where it is needed most. If an agency is willing to forgo the luxuries and turn from large expensive platforms to a more light, nimble platform that provides all the communications they need, they can have a portable platform that can turn virtually any vehicle into an Emergency Management Mobile Command Center.
The simple fact remains that the most critical aspect of an Emergency Management Mobile Command Center is the emergency communications systems that are contained within the vehicle and not the vehicle itself. By focusing on obtaining the communications capability of the Emergency Management Mobile Command Center, and by forgoing the cost and overhead of the vehicle itself, any agency can have nearly all the capabilities of Mobile Command Center at mere fraction of the cost.
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