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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Can the Cell System Handle Earthquake Alerts?
Questions are being asked about how effective Wireless Emergency Alerts could be for earthquake alerts.
Conversation is developing about whether Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) can be effective for earthquake warnings. In a thorough report on South California Public Radio station KPCC, the possibilities were explored with Doug Given of the U.S. Geological […]
A nonprofit group has been formed that would substitute online ads with targeted emergency alerts.
You know those ads you see when you’re online that mysteriously seem to know that you just happened to be looking for the item being advertised? Those ads don’t pop up by mistake. Your online patterns are watched for clues to try […]
An emergency occurs; it’s time to alert the public. You have a variety of alerting channels to use: sirens, texting, giant voice, IPAWS, WEA, EAS, email, telephone calls, digital signage, social media and the list goes on. You have to hop from application to application to activate. Time is tight. Pressure is high. Resources are […]
Why is it so tough to get people to sign up to receive emergency alerts?
A full year after Itawamba County, Miss., implemented its emergency notification system, 25 percent of community households had signed up to receive notifications. Oddly enough, that’s a strong sign-up rate — even extraordinary.
As we’re sure Itawamba officials will tell you, obtaining […]
How Do You Match Your Emergency Alerting Needs to the Confusing Array of Technology Options Available?
A careful needs analysis is the best start for making the right alert technology decisions. Most communities are served by alerting systems that make telephone calls and send out text messages. When I first got into the business 15-plus years […]
Alerts to cellphones helped locate a missing 9-year-old Alabama boy.
These stories are impressive. A missing 9-year-old Alabama boy was found safe last week after a Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) was issued to cellphones in the area. It only makes sense. Most cellphones in the area receive the alert, whether cell users sign up or not.
Which State Recently Adopted Silver Alerts?
Wisconsin has joined about 30 states to adopt an automated emergency alert system for missing older adults.
What is a Silver Alert?
It’s similar to Amber Alerts for missing children, but for missing older adults. A distinction between Amber and Silver alerts is that Amber Alerts can generally be used only when […]