Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Public Administration (MPA)

Program Name

Public Administration

Capstone Instructor

Dr. Deborah Laufersweiler-Dwyer


This research examines the different emergency notification systems at use in an international airport. For this research project the airport examined is the Seattle-Tacoma International airport in Seattle, Washington. The current systems used are examined for their intent and actual usage, to determine if they are effective or can be improved upon. The question asked is just that, can the current emergency notification systems in place be improved upon or is there a need for a change to a different system. The number of varied populations who access an international airport at any time require a unique set of systems to be effective in an emergency. The needs in this atmosphere will be evidenced by the case study included in this research, involving a shooting at Los Angeles International Airport in 2013. Research will be conducted using published materials as well as interviews with those that use the current emergency notification systems a Sea-Tac. This information will be evaluated and then compared with the established needs for an international airport in any number of emergency situations, with the added concern for privacy laws and security issues that might pertain to those involved.



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