Experts are warning of a winter surge in COVID-19 cases as the U.S. surpasses 9 million positive cases. The pandemic continues to dominate the conversation in both the private and public sectors. The following months might challenge us to rethink whether the pandemic is over and consider just how deeply this has changed our relationship with our communities and public safety as a whole.
Tech and Public Safety
Adoption of digital health tools and strategies has been spurred on by the COVID-19 pandemic, making this year the largest funding year ever for digital health.
Funding for disaster and emergency-related start-ups has quadrupled since 2016 to more than $210 million last year, creating a “go-bag” of digital emergency preparedness applications.
911 News You Should Know
Snohomish County 911 has been a life-saving resource to its community since February, after it became home to the first person in the U.S. to test positive with COVID-19.
RapidSOS in the News
Charlotte County is RapidSOS Ready and is now receiving life-saving health and profile information from 911 callers with Emergency Health Profiles.
RapidSOS, along with several public-sector partners, are collaborating on the R2 Network, an educational and professional resource for the public safety industry.
Teaming up with The MedicAlert Foundation UK in its first European partnership, RapidSOS will securely share life-saving data on MedicAlert members’ pre-existing conditions, allergies, and medication regimes directly with the UK’s NHS in an emergency.