Rapid Deployment Cases Assist OCMD Emergency Management Team

As the sun creeps above the horizon and begins to light up Ocean City Maryland, a few members of the Emergency Management Team are arriving on 65th street for another day. Earlier in the week, meteorologists from the National Hurricane Center announced a Category 2 storm called ‘Isabel’ was only days away from making landfall south of the Chesapeake Bay. The swells were rapidly growing while surfers rejoiced and flocked to the beach to conquer the last few sets before the winds disrupted the shape of the waves. Amidst the looming chaos, the Emergency Management team sits calmly and reviews the operational plan for the coming days certain they are prepared for the worst.
Fast forward two weeks, summer’s end is in the air and with it a major festival called ‘Sunfest’. During ‘Sunfest’ this small beach town’s population can swell to over 300,000. As many locals will warn you, this is one of the weekends you stay away from the historic boardwalk area. Meanwhile, the OCMD Emergency Management team are reviewing assignments for the upcoming day. Once again, certain their offseason preparation has equipped them to handle this major event.


As you may imagine, the town of Ocean City does not run itself. Due to the ever-changing landscape, the departments tasked with resident and visitor safety must be efficient, effective and adaptable. In an effort to prepare for future events, the Emergency Management Department wanted to create a simple, rapid deployment solution for transporting their radio communication equipment. They reached out to CP Cases to build a ‘Go Kit’, comprised of 6 Harris XG-75 radios, 6 connectable lapel radios, a battery charger and 6 radio antennas. This kit would be used by mobile team members and allow management to quickly understand the number of radios in the field and those available for use.

To protect the equipment, CP Cases selected a MIL-STD-810 certified and IP67 rated injection molded case with built in telescopic handle and casters. The main feature of this case is a custom polyethylene foam insert designed with specific cavities for each of the items. If dropped, the foam acts as the primary shock absorber limiting the G forces felt by the equipment. According to Emergency Management Coordinator, Bob Rhode, “These cases have made me confident our equipment will be safe in any situation”. He continued to say “it is great having an experienced rugged case manufacturer in the area. Working with the CP Cases team was incredibly easy. They even made a design change to fit an additional component after the units were completed”. CP Cases is dedicated to supporting our customers with application-based solutions. Please contact us today for assistance with your project.

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