AUGUSTA, Ga. – The Atlanta-Fulton County Emergency Management Agency (AFCEMA) is using WebEOC to support its Elections Department and Public Safety agencies leading up to the local, state, and Presidential elections on November 6, 2012.
Fulton County, Georgia, is one of the five core counties of the Atlanta metropolitan area, and the county seat is Atlanta, with a population of just over one million. The AFCEMA is a joint agency and the primary emergency management agency for Fulton County, the city of Atlanta, and 13 other cities.
"We have more than 400 active WebEOC users, and each city has its own login, as do all of our private partners, including Georgia Tech University, Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, Grady Hospital, the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, and the Federal Reserve Bank," said Donnie Reece, Operations Officer, AFCEMA.
"We determined that we could use WebEOC to post information that is currently affecting, or could affect, the status of the elections. This could be anything, from road closures to protests, active shooters to adverse weather conditions," Donnie said. AFCEMA created new WebEOC boards to track election activities and information that include a 2012 Elections Event Log, Media Questions & Answers, and Voting Precinct Snapshot. In addition to election information, WebEOC also shows County Wide Significant Events and Weather.
The Elections Event Log - WebEOC users throughout the county are asked to post any significant issues or events.
The Precinct Snapshot - Managing more than 300 voting precincts, the county's poll managers will update this board every two hours on election day with the status of wait times, media presence, open or closed, etc.
Election Media Q&A - The AFCEMA communications department will use this board to log incoming questions and answers from local media and the response from the county.
"Hopefully, these new boards, in addition to the others that our agencies have access to, will heighten our awareness across the county on election day and set a new standard for situational awareness and a shared common operating picture," Donnie said. If you would like more information or a copy of these boards, Donnie invites you to e-mail him at: Donnie.Reece@afcema.com.
"We congratulate the AFCEMA on its innovative and timely use of WebEOC," said John O'Dell, ESi Chief Technical Officer. "It's a process that all state, city, and county customers should consider implementing."
W. Scott Field, Director, Denver Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, reviewed the AFCEMA boards and said, "Denver has been using WebEOC to manage support for election polling stations since 2008. But there are some aspects of Atlanta-Fulton County's boards that we will certainly adopt into our own system."