Yearly Archives: 2014

/2014

National Alerting Ability for the President Isn’t New

The FCC has proposed creation of a “national code” for a president to activate the Emergency Alert System, but it’s a technical change only.

“New emergency alert system will give Obama the power to flip a switch and address the entire nation,” reads one of the headlines about proposed changes to the Emergency Alert System (EAS). […]

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Be Specific with Emergency Alerts!

If you’re going to do one thing with your emergency alerts, it’s be specific.
You cannot just tell people to evacuate, you must tell them what you mean by evacuate, says Dr. Dennis Mileti. He’s a top expert in alerts and warnings and director emeritus of the Natural Hazards Center. The center recently hosted a workshop […]

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Should You Opt Out Of Wireless Emergency Alerts?

Should You Opt Out of Wireless Emergency Alerts?
A recent headline in the Boston Daily read Not Everyone Enjoys Receiving Flash Flood Notifications. It told the story of the Boston area public receiving a flash flood warning via cellphones through Wireless Emergency Alerts. Some were surprised, like the fellow who posted on Twitter “…almost gave me a flash […]

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FCC Says EAS-Like Tones Can Still be Used in PSAs

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

in Emergency Management Magazine

Public education about the national cell broadcast alert system, Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA), has been slow. Although mobile devices that transmit the alerts are ubiquitous, we think it’s fair to say that most people in the U.S. don’t […]

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Helping the Public Understand Amber Alerts

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

in Emergency Management Magazine

A couple of nice articles on Amber Alerts crossed our desks recently, perhaps showing public interest in how Amber really works. The Monroe News in Michigan published an article, Amber Alerts more sophisticated than in 2009. Beyond explaining how […]

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Emergency Sirens: Are They Still Needed?

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

in Emergency Management Magazine

The fact that sirens have been used as alerting tools since World War II may cause some to see them as antiquated compared to the technology of today. Indeed, in many communities, the siren infrastructure is so old […]

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Is Using Emergency Notification Systems for Community Meetings Misuse?

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

in Emergency Management Magazine

There’s a brouhaha in the Denver area over how the Adams County Sheriff’s Office is using its automated notification system. A local television station, CBS4, says the county has been using its emergency alert phone system for notifying […]

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Congress Advances IPAWS Law Again

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

in Emergency Management Magazine

The bill that would take the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) and make it part of national law has moved forward again. The House Homeland Security Committee recently approved it a few days after it was […]

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IPAWS Federal Legislation Advances in House

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

in Emergency Management Magazine

A House sub-committee has approved legislation designed to strengthen IPAWS.  The “Integrated Public Alert and Warning System Modernization Act of 2013” includes a sweeping description of what IPAWS should become, some of which is underway.

New aspects of the […]

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How To Alert A Campus When Cell Phones are Off?

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

in Emergency Management Magazine

A comprehensive emergency notification policy will strive to push emergency information through as many channels as possible. On a college campus, the channel that springs to mind most quickly, perhaps, is the one that pushes notifications to students […]

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