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Should Government Alerting Systems Be Used Only For Emergencies?

What County Uses an Automated Emergency Notification System to Alert Businesses?
We hear that Hernando County, Fla., has started using its automated notification system to alert businesses. The Hernando County Sheriff’s Department calls it the Business Emergency Notification System for alerting business owners when something important happens after hours (e.g., break-ins, alarms, unlocked doors, etc.).

This reminds us […]

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Truly Understanding Alerting Needs

A thorough needs assessment is the best way to ensure you’re picking the right alerting solutions.
When it comes to emergency notification systems, there are many solutions and options available, some very good. What will work best is a notification system tailored to meet your particular, often unique, needs for disseminating emergency and important information. I […]

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3 Keys to Successful Emergency Notification Initiatives

What are the Three top considerations for successful alert initiatives?
On the surface, the decision to implement or upgrade an emergency notification system (ENS) seems like a fairly straightforward endeavor; solicit some vendor proposals, pick one… et viola, at the push of a button, alerts and warnings can be sent instantly throughout an organization.

Unfortunately, there’s a […]

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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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