Some of the same people who led the charge for adoption of the now widely-accepted Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) want to take alerting to the next level. They’ve re-activated a call to get standards widely adopted for when, why, and how to issue warnings. An on-line petition has been launched stating, “Congress should enact legislation […]
“First Informer” Mini-Documentary Released by National Association of Broadcasters
Using dramatic, even startling, real life images and sounds, broadcasters are demonstrating the role they play as “first informers” during emergencies. The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) recently released a video called “Communicating Superstorm Sandy”. It documents on-air coverage of Sandy, including alerting and warning by radio […]
How Can Wireless Emergency Alerts Benefit Local Media and Broadcasters?
The best examples of best practices often come from real life. Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) showed the rest of us strong best practices when they issued the shelter-in-place order last week. MEMA used the new broadcast cell system, Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA), to help spread the […]
Many of you have been asking if the new cell broadcast alert system, Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA), were used in Boston. The answer: Yes.
Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) is among the state agencies across the nation with ability and authority to issue imminent threat WEA messages through the system. On April 19th, the day the […]
On November 9, 2011, FEMA successfully initiated the Emergency Action Notification (EAN), the live code used for Presidential activations of the nationwide EAS.
The FCC subsequently has collected and analyzed thousands of reports, including some that came in as recently as November 2012, held
discussions with FEMA and other stakeholders to analyze the data contained in these […]
Have mobile carriers made it possible to target alerts from the new national cellular alerting system to geographic areas smaller than counties?
Are they, or aren’t they? It seems that way.
Under the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulations that established the Commercial Mobile Alert System (CMAS), now officially known as Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA), alerts were to […]
If you think the national cell broadcast program is simply on its way, think again. The National Weather Service (NWS) tells us that they alone have issued Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEAs) through the system 3,185 times since July. NWS was the first out of the box to start using WEA, which sends special text alerts […]
Why did the FCC do away with CMAS?
Goodbye CMAS! Hello WEA! The Federal Communciations Commission (FCC) has officially changed the name of the new national cell broadcast system from the Commercial Mobile Alert System (CMAS) to Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA). The reason is pretty simple: it was confusing for wireless carriers to use WEA and […]
What are Emergency Alert tones on mobile phones?
We’ve had a chance to sample life first-hand in the CMAS (Commercial Mobile Alert System) world. In the middle Tennessee area where we live, the weather has been threatening. We’ve had flood, tornado, and freeze warnings in the last three days. Having such a diversity of weather events in a […]
What Happened in Emergency Alerts and Notifications in 2012?
A federal alerting program starts clicking and gets tested in a Super Storm; citizens still don’t sign up for alerts; and the weather service uses powerful language in foul weather. These are some of the things that caught our eyes in the world of alerts and notifications […]