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Powerful Wireless Emergency Alerts Success Stories at Congressional Hearing

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

in Emergency Management Magazine

A Congressional sub-committee recently heard dramatic success stories on Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA), the cell broadcast alerting system that’s been active for over a year.  In the hearing on FEMA and the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System […]

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35 Methods of Emergency Notifications! How Many Does Your Organization Use?

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

in Emergency Management Magazine

 Florida State University’s (FSU) web site lists 35, yes count ’em, 35 methods listed for emergency notifications and warnings.

They’re broken down into three categories:

Primary:  things like sirens, SMS, email, voice calls.
Secondary:  including social media, digital displays, two-way radios
Tertiary: […]

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Mobile providers, FCC Say Wireless Emergency Alerts Will Evolve

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

in Emergency Management Magazine

A spokesman for the mobile industry says the new national cell broadcast alert system, Wireless Emergency Alerts, (WEA) will evolve.   The 90 character message limit and geographic targeting appear to be the two areas getting attention.

Christopher Guttman-McCabe of […]

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FEMA Pledges Public Alert Education

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

in Emergency Management Magazine

The Head of FEMA’s National Continuity Programs Directorate says “every opportunity and available venue” will be used to provide educational and actionable information to the public on IPAWS (Integrated Public Alert and Warning System).  Damon Penn’s pledge came […]

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Crucial Questions to Ask About Fast Emergency Warning Activation

What does “fast warning activation” mean?
Another tragic and incomprehensible shooting this week…13 dead at the Navy Shipyard in Washington, DC.  One of the most disturbing facts is that this type of thing could happen anywhere.

Our phones and email have been busy already, hearing from clients and contacts wanting to talk about how they can strengthen […]

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Free White Paper: “Alerting The Whole Community: Removing Barriers to Alerting Accessibility”

Recognizing that alert and warning information is only effective if received means understanding how people in our communities choose to receive information. And if the goal is to alert everyone, then it is vitally important not to overlook the approximately 25% of our population who rely on assistance or accommodation in their day-to-day lives. Pushing […]

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8 Critical Steps for Successful Alert & Notification Deployments

From the Emergency Management Magazine “Alerts & Notifications” Blog by Galain President Rick Wimberly:  http://www.emergencymgmt.com/emergency-blogs/alerts

At the National Homeland Security Conference this week, I was asked more about how an agency can ensure they’re using the right technology and using it right than about technology innovations themselves, the topic of my presentation.  Here are steps we […]

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Public’s Alert Demands & Complacency Addressed at UASI Conference

Why is the Public Complacent About Emergency Alerting Signup?
Never before have there been so many communications channels available for alerting, and it’s a good thing, the public expects them.  That’s the way I’m starting my presentation this week to the National Homeland Security Conference on “Saving Lives Through Alerting Technology”.  The audience will see a […]

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Online Petition Started for Law to Standardize Emergency Alerting

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 […]

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