Yearly Archives: 2014

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What Happened in Emergency Alerting in 2014? A Look Back

2014: A Year of Extraordinary Alert Developments
This time last year, we expressed excitement about what we thought 2014 would bring to emergency alerts and notifications. In our 2013 year-end blog post, we said there were important things that have been developing for years that could develop in 2014 into meaningful alerting tools. By golly, I […]

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Is the National Emergency Alert System Vulnerable?

The National Emergency Alert System Has Complex Vulnerability Issues.
In comments to the FCC, broadcasters say addressing the fake EAS alert hurt and fixing the problem is complex.  The potential for mischief with the Emergency Alert System (EAS) is substantial, says the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB). The NAB was responding to a request by the FCC […]

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Why Modern Emergency Alerting May Be Struggling

Struggling to keep up with all of the latest developments in Emergency Alerts Systems and Warnings?
You’re not. Never before have there been so many ways to alert people, yet so many different ways people expect to be alerted and so many challenges. Household names like Google, Twitter, Facebook and The Weather Channel have entered the […]

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What Would You Do With A 10-second Earthquake Alert Warning?

Are Earthquake Alerts Funny?  Conan O’Brien Thinks So.
There’s not a lot to joke about when it comes to alerting — unless you’re Conan O’Brien. Conan recently performed a comedy skit for his TV show on TBS about what people might do if they received a 10-second warning via an app that the earth was about […]

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Wireless Emergency Alerts Credited With Helping Rescue 13 Children

How Successful are Wireless Emergency Alerts for Amber Alerts?
The head of the Missing Children Division of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) makes no bones about it. Bob Hoever says the national cell broadcast system, Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA), has become a “very powerful tool” for Amber Alerts. Hoever says NCMEC can credit […]

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Could an Accidental Presidential Emergency Alert Occur Again?

Could an Accidental Presidential Emergency Alert Occur Again?
The FCC has advised Emergency Alert System participants to check their equipment to make sure the Bobby Bones Show activation of a national alert is still not in cue.  The FCC is trying to avoid a repeat of the incident last month when the Bobby Bones syndicated radio show […]

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Are There Shortcomings in the IPAWS system?

Are There Shortcomings in the IPAWS system?
IPAWS is teaming with the International Association of Emergency Managers this week for an online seminar boldly titled, IPAWS: The New Normal for Receiving Alerts.  Among other things, they’re going to talk about technical advancements and functionality, including shortcomings such as geo-targeting and communications between one Collaborative Operating Group […]

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Facebook has added Safety Check, social media emergency alerts

What is SafetyCheck?
Add Facebook to the big social media companies getting into emergency alerting. It’s introduced a solution called Safety Check. The approach is a bit different from mass emergency alerting. It’s more of a well-being alert. During a big emergency, Facebook members can quickly spread their status to their social networks.
How is Facebook’s SafetyCheck different […]

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Iowa Has a Statewide Emergency Alerting System. Why Aren’t All Counties Signed Up?

How many Iowa counties have signed up to use the state’s Emergency Alerting System?
Add Iowa to the handful of states providing alerting services to towns, cities and counties. State officials say they studied and found that it would be cheaper for the state to offer a system than the individual counties offering their own. So […]

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How Did an Accidental Presidential Emergency Alert Get Sent?

FEMA, the FCC and EAS participants are trying to fix accidental discharge of the Emergency Alert System by the Bobby Bones syndicated radio show.
It turns out it was the nationally syndicated radio show, the Bobby Bones Show, out of Nashville that mistakenly triggered an Emergency Alert System (EAS) message purportedly from the White House last […]

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