The mobile phone is the perfect Emergency Response & Notification system. Face it, one thing you always have within a few feet of you is your phone.In case of a tornado, act of terrorism, or any other situation that requires the people you are responsible for to be alerted.
EAS Community Engagement Activities
Many online services where users tend to stay attached, say for instance multiplayer games, might want to plug into such a system. The interface could be as simple as an RSS feed.
Is there anywhere you can actually see the national roll out of this program. I am in a Telecommuications class and and we are just wondering how this roll out works as far and from the top down and maybe any pictures of it.... any ideas???
It seems to me that since most people have cell phones, sending a text message to Cell Phones may be the most comprehensive way to contact people.
Cell phone contracts could include an option for people to opt-in to a text message emergency message system so that parents could opt-out, if they so desired, for their children's cell phones.
What about a broadcast text message to all cell phones (free to subscriber) registered to a United States address?
If NOAA was part of this process, why is NOAA not participating in the drill? Emergency managers in Florida, and across the Country, have been promoting NOAA weather radios for years. Now, during one of the most critical tests in national EAS history - we aren't even going to use this technology. It's very confusing to us and the citizens. Now we are having to give an alternate message to groups. "Ignore weather... more »
I don’t know if the National Alert Service is the correct forum, but I would like to address a recent issue that came up with Alert Systems in general. As you know, Western Massachusetts experienced an extreme snow event last week which put power out to almost all of Western Mass. and Connecticut. All of the “what to do in an emergency” manuals said keep a battery operated radio and wait for announcements. Well, with... more »
Some people will not always be tied in to a communication device should an emergency arise. Methods are needed to cover these circumstances. Some activities will not allow access to communication devices. Some ideas: 1. Bring back the emergency siren type methods the CD used during the cold war. 2. Add some sort of visual signals in addition to audio signals. This would also aid those with hearing impairments. 3.... more »
As an average American I would like to express 2 concerns.
1) Did anyone actually consider that 11/9 is the inverse of 9/11. In my opinion not the best date choice!
2) Americans are used to EAS tests. In my opinion it was not necessary to announce a test of this magnititude. In addition you have alerted on a massive scale the test date to every enemy we have.
I expect more thoughtfull action from people in charge!
I liked the PSA ideas played in Friday's web meeting. NAB said, as I recall, that there were scripts on their website but I can't find them. Maybe this website would be a good place to post PSA ideas/scripts or links to them. Then we can "borrow" and/or adapt ideas from them.
Include NOAA Weather Radio in upcoming National Test.
Millions of Americans use Facebook, Google, AOL to communicate. It would be very advantageous to establish contracts to syndicate EAS messages online during a national event. Additionally, it would be ideal to partner with social media outlets and email providers to create applications which allow users to voluntarily subscribe their email address and contact info into local emergency notification systems.
Would a toolkit with handouts, fact sheets, FAQs, and recommendations on messaging be helpful for State/local government to spread the word about the Test? Would a quick PSA template also help?
The slide presentation is available at this link:
I suggest that all SECC's reach out to their respective state's professional emergency management associations. Nationally, we need to do more outreach to NEMA, the organization that State emergency managers belong to. We need to not only meet with professional EM's at all levels, but ask them if we can get on programs for their conventions, and allow them the opportunity to meet with local broadcasters.