Monthly Archives: December 2014


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]