PSC eNews Weekly
Friday, July 26, 2019

FEMA, in coordination with the FCC, will conduct a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) Wednesday, August 7, at 2:20 p.m. ET with a backup date of August 21. The test message will clearly state that the alert is only a test of the EAS and aims to determine the ability of the EAS to deliver messages to the public in the event that internet service is unavailable. This test will also assess whether the EAS will perform as designed and help to ensure the reliability and effectiveness of the system. Read the public notice


APCO is looking for volunteers to join a working group revising its standard on Core Competencies and Minimum Training Standards for Public Safety Communications Manager/Director. Volunteers are asked to attend two 60-minute conference calls each month and do some light work in between meetings. Find out more


If you’re planning to be at APCO 2019, our 85th Annual Conference & Expo, we encourage you to take a look at some of the highlights and activities below to start planning since we are only 16 days away!

Schedule a Demo
Don't miss your chance to see a demo of APCO IntelliComm®, the next generation criteria-based software that is supported by IBM Watson Analytics. Join us for live demos or meet one-on-one. Learn more

Blood Drive
Help us make our goal of 240 pints during our 9th Annual Blood Drive by booking an appointment ahead of time.

Association Business
Check out the list of chapter and committee meetings taking place at APCO 2019 and remember to add the general business sessions to your schedule.

While in Baltimore…
Show your badge for discounts and take advantage of the fun and FREE things to do in Baltimore. Interested in going to a game? We’ve got you covered with discounted Orioles tickets. If eating out is your thing, check out the “Foodie Favorites”.

We look forward to seeing you in Baltimore!

Comtech Safety & Security Technologies
Hexagon Corporate Marketing
Avtec Inc.
Industry News
NBC 12
In Henrico, Virginia, officials are using social media and channeling "The Brady Bunch" to entice enrollment for their upcoming dispatch academy.
Taught by a 20-year veteran, a new 11-week program at the College of Southern Idaho will explain how to handle a call, what information to extract from the caller and how to remain calm while they do it.
Northwest Herald
The Illinois agency received APCO's Agency Training Program Certification, recognizing that Southeast Emergency Communications' training program meets or exceeds national standards.
Digital Voice Systems, Inc ( DVSI)
SC Times
At the Sterns County 911 Center, call volume increased from 131,000 phone calls in 2015 to 242,000 in 2018, while telecommunicator staffing levels remained relatively stagnant.
The decision was made to move the center when Brooklyn’s current dispatch service dramatically increased monthly fees.
The director of the emergency communications center is raising awareness of the Special Needs Awareness Program (SNAP) that is aimed at assisting people with disabilities.
13 CBS Sacramento
When two-month-old Wren suddenly stopped breathing, telecommunicator Chris Africa talked the baby's father through lifesaving CPR.
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