Some of the same people who led the charge for adoption of the now widely-accepted Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) want to take alerting to the next level.  They’ve re-activated a call to get standards widely adopted for when, why, and how to issue warnings.  An on-line petition has been launched stating, “Congress should enact legislation for a national strategy so emergency public public information is always coordinated with other emergency response measures.”  (You can find the petition here.)

Richard Rudman, a long-time alerting activist, and one of the founders of the Partnership for Public Warning (PPW), started the petition.  He’d like to see emergency managers strengthen use of Emergency Public Information (EPI) concepts.  EPI is part of the National Incident Management System (see this FEMA document on EPI), but Rudman says, “EPI has never been treated as a true response resource within much of the EM culture, and this has to change”.  Rudman says a national strategy putting education and training for EPI “front and center” of NIMS might help.  “EPI should be as much of a resource to be managed as a fire strike team, SWAT, emergency food distribution, etc.”, says Rudman.

Art Botterell, another alerting activist, says, “Now that we have WEA and IPAWS, the bar has been raised for warning professionals at all levels of government.  We’ve raised public expectations of them, and given them powerful new tools, but we’ve yet to give them clear and consistent marching orders.”

Makes sense to me.  Why wouldn’t we want this to happen?  Comments?

All the best,

Rick

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