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Do Mobile Companies Need to Upgrade Their Networks to Make Earthquake Alerts Work?

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 […]

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Alerting Dashboards Can Streamline the Notification Process

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 […]

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Wireless Emergency Alerts Helps Find Another Child

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.

Yes, […]

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Which State Recently Adopted Silver Alerts?

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 […]

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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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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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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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