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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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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Public’s Alert Demands & Complacency Addressed at UASI Conference

Why is the Public Complacent About Emergency Alerting Signup?
Never before have there been so many communications channels available for alerting, and it’s a good thing, the public expects them.  That’s the way I’m starting my presentation this week to the National Homeland Security Conference on “Saving Lives Through Alerting Technology”.  The audience will see a […]


Galain’s Rick Wimberly presents at the National Homeland Security Conference 6/4/13

Galain President Rick Wimberly will present at the “Saving More Lives Through Science & Technology” panel at the National Homeland Security Conference 2013 on June 4 in Los Angeles.
The panel will take place at 3:30pm PT on Tuesday, June 4 in the “Santa Barbara A/B”  room at the conference site.
Find more information on the conference […]

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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 […]


Wireless Emergency Alerts Used in Boston Bombings

Many of you have been asking if the new cell broadcast alert system, Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA), were used in Boston.  The answer:  Yes.

Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) is among the state agencies across the nation with ability and authority to issue imminent threat WEA messages through the system.  On April 19th, the day 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 […]