In 2012, the Fort Bend County Office of Emergency Management purchased two trailers designed to deploy during times of emergency. OEM’s two Mobile Voice and Data Redundancy (MVDR) trailers will provide critical voice and data redundancy to the County EOC and other county buildings, allowing the EOC and the government operations to function in a complete data outage.
This original purchase of the MVDR trailers enhanced savings by utilizing trailers, since facilities can have connectivity without fixed satellite or cellular backup systems. This project provides data for our seat of government and our EOC simultaneously in the event of connectivity loss by either natural or man-made causes. OEM is able to consolidate equipment to two vehicles and have the same benefit of dozens of satellite dishes and service plans.
Purchasing the equipment was the easy part. To ensure that the trailers are ready to use when needed, OEM staff has practiced using the trailer and learning how to get it set-up as quickly as possible when necessary. This past week, OEM staff spent the day pulling-out one of the trailers from its bay; working through the tasks required to get the trailer ready to use; and documenting all the steps necessary to raise the antenna; remove equipment from the trailer; erect the tent enclosure; power up lights and generators; and a host of other necessary actions.
Though none of this activity is particularly fun, it is very necessary to ensure equipment that is in proper working order and is ready for action at a moment’s notice. In the real estate business; the mantra is: Location. Location. Location.
Similarly, the mantra to keep the MVDR trailers ready to roll is: Practice. Practice. Practice.