ITU initiate initiatives to improve emergency telecommunications

Source: CriticalComms

Government, industry and community leaders gathered at the Global Forum on Emergency Telecommunications (GET-19) in Balaclava, Mauritius, on 6–8 March, to explore ways to save more lives through the better use of emergency telecommunications. At the forum, the ITU presented guidelines that aim to assist national authorities and policymakers in the development of national emergency telecommunication plans, and promote communication and information sharing across all levels of government, within communities at risk and between public and private organisations.

The ITU is currently helping to develop such plans in Guatemala, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu. The Government of Mauritius, which hosted the GET-19 Forum, is working on ways to review and update the nation’s multi-hazard early warning system.