Nassau Bay, Seabrook, and Webster (Communication Programs)

In late May and early June of 2012, a full-sized replica of a NASA space shuttle was transported from the Spaceport in Florida to the Space Center in Houston. To manage the move through Nassau Bay, Seabrook, and Webster, the three cities worked closely to notify residents, manage more than 5,000 spectators, maneuver numerous obstacles blocking the shuttle’s route, and coordinate with more than 30 organizations, agencies, and businesses. While it was a celebration, the level of coordination required was, in many ways, similar to an emergency response. With only four weeks to prepare for the shuttle’s arrival, an incident command system was put in place to plan, organize, and communicate efforts. Thanks to the seamless coordination and collaboration of everyone involved, the region is now better prepared for a true emergency in the future.

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