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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 […]


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 […]


8 Critical Steps for Successful Alert & Notification Deployments

From the Emergency Management Magazine “Alerts & Notifications” Blog by Galain President Rick Wimberly:

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 […]


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 […]


How Can Wireless Emergency Alerts Benefit Local Media? Boston Bombing Shows How

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 […]


Lessons Learned from the Nationwide EAS Test (FCC Report)

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 […]


2012 Alerts & Warnings Year in Review (& 2013 Wish List)

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 […]


Emergency Alerting Lessons Learned from Hurricane Sandy

What are the Emergency Alerting lessons we learned from Hurricane Sandy?
Some nice dialogue on the LinkedIn Public Warning and Mass Notification System (MNS) group about lessons about emergency alerting from Sandy.  Todd Piett of Rave Mobile Safety said as they provided support to their customers in the northeast, these best practices were most obvious:

– Multi-model […]