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Study Shows Links Between WEA and Broadcast Media

A study for the DHS shows how Wireless Emergency Alerts and broadcasts work together.
The connections between radio/television and cellphone alerts were illustrated in a recently published study on Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA). The study confirmed that WEA messages often send the public to check radio and TV for more information on an emergency.
50% of the […]

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New Emergency Alerting Channels Have Proliferated But Challenges Remain

What about alerting standards, legacy alerting and risks?
Never before have there been so many options for alerting the public. In the last few months alone potential for new alerting channels has been unleashed for complementing an already growing array of channels. Names like Google, Twitter, Facebook and the Weather Channel have entered the alerting field. […]

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What Happened in Emergency Alerting in 2014? A Look Back

2014: A Year of Extraordinary Alert Developments
This time last year, we expressed excitement about what we thought 2014 would bring to emergency alerts and notifications. In our 2013 year-end blog post, we said there were important things that have been developing for years that could develop in 2014 into meaningful alerting tools. By golly, I […]

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Why Modern Emergency Alerting May Be Struggling

Struggling to keep up with all of the latest developments in Emergency Alerts Systems and Warnings?
You’re not. Never before have there been so many ways to alert people, yet so many different ways people expect to be alerted and so many challenges. Household names like Google, Twitter, Facebook and The Weather Channel have entered the […]

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Could an Accidental Presidential Emergency Alert Occur Again?

Could an Accidental Presidential Emergency Alert Occur Again?
The FCC has advised Emergency Alert System participants to check their equipment to make sure the Bobby Bones Show activation of a national alert is still not in cue.  The FCC is trying to avoid a repeat of the incident last month when the Bobby Bones syndicated radio show […]

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Are There Shortcomings in the IPAWS system?

Are There Shortcomings in the IPAWS system?
IPAWS is teaming with the International Association of Emergency Managers this week for an online seminar boldly titled, IPAWS: The New Normal for Receiving Alerts.  Among other things, they’re going to talk about technical advancements and functionality, including shortcomings such as geo-targeting and communications between one Collaborative Operating Group […]

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Facebook has added Safety Check, social media emergency alerts

What is SafetyCheck?
Add Facebook to the big social media companies getting into emergency alerting. It’s introduced a solution called Safety Check. The approach is a bit different from mass emergency alerting. It’s more of a well-being alert. During a big emergency, Facebook members can quickly spread their status to their social networks.
How is Facebook’s SafetyCheck different […]

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How Did an Accidental Presidential Emergency Alert Get Sent?

FEMA, the FCC and EAS participants are trying to fix accidental discharge of the Emergency Alert System by the Bobby Bones syndicated radio show.
It turns out it was the nationally syndicated radio show, the Bobby Bones Show, out of Nashville that mistakenly triggered an Emergency Alert System (EAS) message purportedly from the White House last […]

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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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Nonprofits Use Online Ad Technology For Emergency Alerts

A nonprofit group has been formed that would substitute online ads with targeted emergency alerts.
You know those ads you see when you’re online that mysteriously seem to know that you just happened to be looking for the item being advertised? Those ads don’t pop up by mistake. Your online patterns are watched for clues to try […]

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