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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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