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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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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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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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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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Webcast: “Local Media as First Informers: Effectively Using Wireless Emergency Alerts”

Why Are Broadcasters Important in Times of Disaster Emergencies?
The new national mobile emergency alert system (called Wireless Emergency Alerts or “WEA”) can support broadcasters’ mission as First Informers.

Galain President (and former broadcaster) Rick Wimberly explains how broadcasters benefit from these new Wireless Emergency Alerts.
This short but informative webcast is being presented by the National Alliance […]

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