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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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The Challenges of Alerting University Students

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

in Emergency Management Magazine

A Washington TV station recently looked at the realities of alerting on a college campus. The News 4 Investigative Team report said it found some area colleges still struggling with alerting students, despite students being connected in so […]

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Alert and Warning Predictions for 2014

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

in Emergency Management Magazine

We’ll confess.  We’re excited about 2014 for alerts and notifications. There are important things that have been developing for years that could really develop this year into important and meaningful tools. Let’s take a look:

IPAWS: In 2013, the Integrated […]

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Galain to Offer Public Safety Agencies Free Help for IPAWS Sign-Up

What is Ipaws? and how do I sign up?
Galain Solutions is offering to help local public safety agencies and higher education institutions become part of new federal emergency alerting initiatives at no charge.  Galain consultants will guide agencies through the process of becoming an “alerting authority” for the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS).  […]

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The Top Ten Alerting Stories of 2013

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

in Emergency Management Magazine

The Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) again took the top positions in alerting stories of the year. The news was both good and bad.

1.  The good news (and it’s very good news) is that the IPAWS […]

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Galain Solutions Launches Survey to Identify Emergency Alert Topics

Alert Informational Series to be Produced

Galain Solutions has announced plans to produce an informational series to provide guidance to public safety organizations. Galain President Rick Wimberly said, “One of the biggest frustrations I’ve experienced in the alert and warning industry is realizing that although a client may have good technology in place, their alerting initiative […]

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Wireless Emergency Alerts Credited with Saving Lives

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

in Emergency Management Magazine

When major storms hit the Midwest Sunday morning, the Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) system sprang into action issuing mass notification cell phone text alerts from the National Weather Service.  Eight people were killed, but media reports say many […]

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Congress to Give Another Try at IPAWS Legislation

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

in Emergency Management Magazine

The Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) has been operating for years without laws that make its mission clear.  It’s authority has come from Presidential Executive Order, but not Congressional authority.  Several attempts have been made to […]

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