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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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Why Don’t People Sign Up To Receive Emergency Alerts?

Why is it so tough to get people to sign up to receive emergency alerts?
A full year after Itawamba County, Miss., implemented its emergency notification system, 25 percent of community households had signed up to receive notifications. Oddly enough, that’s a strong sign-up rate — even extraordinary.

As we’re sure Itawamba officials will tell you, obtaining […]

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Matching Needs to Array of Alerting Options

 How Do You Match Your Emergency Alerting Needs to the Confusing Array of Technology Options Available?
A careful needs analysis is the best start for making the right alert technology decisions.  Most communities are served by alerting systems that make telephone calls and send out text messages. When I first got into the business 15-plus years […]

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Should Government Alerting Systems Be Used Only For Emergencies?

What County Uses an Automated Emergency Notification System to Alert Businesses?
We hear that Hernando County, Fla., has started using its automated notification system to alert businesses. The Hernando County Sheriff’s Department calls it the Business Emergency Notification System for alerting business owners when something important happens after hours (e.g., break-ins, alarms, unlocked doors, etc.).

This reminds us […]

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FCC Says EAS-Like Tones Can Still be Used in PSAs

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

in Emergency Management Magazine

Public education about the national cell broadcast alert system, Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA), has been slow. Although mobile devices that transmit the alerts are ubiquitous, we think it’s fair to say that most people in the U.S. don’t […]

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Emergency Sirens: Are They Still Needed?

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

in Emergency Management Magazine

The fact that sirens have been used as alerting tools since World War II may cause some to see them as antiquated compared to the technology of today. Indeed, in many communities, the siren infrastructure is so old […]

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Is Using Emergency Notification Systems for Community Meetings Misuse?

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

in Emergency Management Magazine

There’s a brouhaha in the Denver area over how the Adams County Sheriff’s Office is using its automated notification system. A local television station, CBS4, says the county has been using its emergency alert phone system for notifying […]

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How To Alert A Campus When Cell Phones are Off?

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

in Emergency Management Magazine

A comprehensive emergency notification policy will strive to push emergency information through as many channels as possible. On a college campus, the channel that springs to mind most quickly, perhaps, is the one that pushes notifications to students […]

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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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