Yearly Archives: 2013

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Galain Solutions Launches Survey to Identify Emergency Alert Topics

Alert Informational Series to be Produced

Galain Solutions has announced plans to produce an informational series to provide guidance to public safety organizations. Galain President Rick Wimberly said, “One of the biggest frustrations I’ve experienced in the alert and warning industry is realizing that although a client may have good technology in place, their alerting initiative […]

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Wireless Emergency Alerts Credited with Saving Lives

From Galain President Rick Wimberly’s Blog “Alerts and Notifications: Best Practices For Emergency Notification Programs”

in Emergency Management Magazine

When major storms hit the Midwest Sunday morning, the Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) system sprang into action issuing mass notification cell phone text alerts from the National Weather Service.  Eight people were killed, but media reports say many […]

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Congress to Give Another Try at IPAWS Legislation

From Galain President Rick Wimberly’s Blog “Alerts and Notifications: Best Practices For Emergency Notification Programs”

in Emergency Management Magazine

The Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) has been operating for years without laws that make its mission clear.  It’s authority has come from Presidential Executive Order, but not Congressional authority.  Several attempts have been made to […]

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Powerful Wireless Emergency Alerts Success Stories at Congressional Hearing

From Galain President Rick Wimberly’s Blog “Alerts and Notifications: Best Practices For Emergency Notification Programs”

in Emergency Management Magazine

A Congressional sub-committee recently heard dramatic success stories on Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA), the cell broadcast alerting system that’s been active for over a year.  In the hearing on FEMA and the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System […]

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35 Methods of Emergency Notifications! How Many Does Your Organization Use?

From Galain President Rick Wimberly’s Blog “Alerts and Notifications: Best Practices For Emergency Notification Programs”

in Emergency Management Magazine

 Florida State University’s (FSU) web site lists 35, yes count ’em, 35 methods listed for emergency notifications and warnings.

They’re broken down into three categories:

Primary:  things like sirens, SMS, email, voice calls.
Secondary:  including social media, digital displays, two-way radios
Tertiary: […]

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Mobile providers, FCC Say Wireless Emergency Alerts Will Evolve

From Galain President Rick Wimberly’s Blog “Alerts and Notifications: Best Practices For Emergency Notification Programs”

in Emergency Management Magazine

A spokesman for the mobile industry says the new national cell broadcast alert system, Wireless Emergency Alerts, (WEA) will evolve.   The 90 character message limit and geographic targeting appear to be the two areas getting attention.

Christopher Guttman-McCabe of […]

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FEMA Pledges Public Alert Education

From Galain President Rick Wimberly’s Blog “Alerts and Notifications: Best Practices For Emergency Notification Programs”

in Emergency Management Magazine

The Head of FEMA’s National Continuity Programs Directorate says “every opportunity and available venue” will be used to provide educational and actionable information to the public on IPAWS (Integrated Public Alert and Warning System).  Damon Penn’s pledge came […]

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Crucial Questions to Ask About Fast Emergency Warning Activation

What does “fast warning activation” mean?
Another tragic and incomprehensible shooting this week…13 dead at the Navy Shipyard in Washington, DC.  One of the most disturbing facts is that this type of thing could happen anywhere.

Our phones and email have been busy already, hearing from clients and contacts wanting to talk about how they can strengthen […]

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Webcast: “Local Media as First Informers: Effectively Using Wireless Emergency Alerts”

Why Are Broadcasters Important in Times of Disaster Emergencies?
The new national mobile emergency alert system (called Wireless Emergency Alerts or “WEA”) can support broadcasters’ mission as First Informers.

Galain President (and former broadcaster) Rick Wimberly explains how broadcasters benefit from these new Wireless Emergency Alerts.
This short but informative webcast is being presented by the National Alliance […]

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Free White Paper: “Alerting The Whole Community: Removing Barriers to Alerting Accessibility”

Recognizing that alert and warning information is only effective if received means understanding how people in our communities choose to receive information. And if the goal is to alert everyone, then it is vitally important not to overlook the approximately 25% of our population who rely on assistance or accommodation in their day-to-day lives. Pushing […]

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