What’s new in Emergency Communications, Incident Alerting, Business Continuity, and Operational Planning
Monday, Jun 17, 2019
AlertSense Announces Immediate Support for WEA 2.0
Enables Next Standard in Wireless Emergency Alerts
BOISE, ID JUNE 17, 2019 – In September 2016, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced the specifications for Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) 2.0. These enhancements improve the ability of emergency managers to alert the public to imminent threats. WEA 2.0 allows users to send significantly longer messages and enables Spanish-language alerts.
Today, FEMA managers at the …
Thursday, Nov 15, 2018
The Cascading Effects of Situational Awareness
You’ve undoubtedly heard military officials and emergency professionals speak about situational awareness. But what do they mean? And how does it relate to the private sector? Simply put, situational awareness is a conscious state of observing your surroundings, assessing possible threats, and evaluating the need for action based on incoming information and future projections. It’s a physical and cognitive process: a way of using our senses, to …
Sunday, Jul 29, 2018
Lieden Cook is the Information Technician for the Public Works Department in the city of Pendleton, Oregon. Lieden oversees emergency and non-emergency alerts to residents, public works employees, utility workers, and others in his district.
Before using KONEXUS in 2016, communication between his office and the city was slow and difficult due to the lack of a cohesive platform. Public Works struggled to keep citizens of Pendleton informed about city projects or …
Friday, Jun 8, 2018
Natural disasters know no boundaries, striking at any time…anywhere. The sheer unpredictability of these events contributes to a staggering amount of injuries, deaths and billions of dollars in damages and lost revenue each year. The cascading effects of long-term disruptions to transportation, utility, and communication systems leave many businesses struggling to overcome the obstacle of operating in a modern society with primitive tools. When tragedy cuts off communications to employees, …
Thursday, May 17, 2018
Mark Frietag is the Chief of the Transit Control Center for King County in Seattle. For several years Mark has worked with his employees, particularly bus drivers, to provide prompt and reliable service for millions of Seattle residents who rely on the city’s bus network.
King County Metro Transit relies on KONEXUS’s notification system to keep drivers and line workers informed of emergencies across the city, from assaults on buses to adverse weather conditions that …
Tuesday, Jan 30, 2018
BOISE, IDAHO — AlertSense made Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) history on December 27, 2017, when it delivered the first Emergency Alert System (EAS) test message broadcast in Spanish.
AlertSense is an alert-origination provider that equips states and local government authorities with technology to easily send EAS messages through FEMA’s Integrated Public Alert & Warning System (IPAWS). AlertSense’s statewide test across Nevada in Spanish was a landmark achievement as it marked …
Thursday, May 25, 2017
LOS LUNAS — As a way to improve communications with the public, the Valencia Regional Emergency Communications Center is using a new notification system, and is encouraging residents to sign up.
Aaron Chavez, the administration services director for VRECC, said the center has switched from using CodeRed to AlertSense, a system that allows dispatchers to send emergency alerts, severe weather warnings and community notifications.
“It’s a very similar system to …
Friday, Mar 31, 2017
Jefferson, Saline and Gage Counties now have a way to receive important alerts in emergency situations through a new program that launched on Tuesday. Now, citizens are being asked to sign up to receive these alerts.
Emergency Manager for Jefferson and Saline Counties John McKee explained that they have been working hard to get this system up and running. He encourages everyone to sign up for this program through Alertsense. He explained that this system is not only for people in Jefferson …
Thursday, Mar 30, 2017
NAMPA, ID – The Nampa Police Department is getting ready to launch its new innovative mass notification program and is urging the public to get on board.
Currently, Nampa police are just using the app as an internal system to communicate with employees. But in just a few months, the public will be able to sign up for the program on an individual basis.
AlertSense is a free app for your smartphone, where alerts will be sent …
Monday, Mar 27, 2017
Ravalli County Sheriff Steve Holton said he is excited about the new emergency notification system for our community. The system, powered by AlertSense, is intended to be used for emergency alerts, as well as non-emergency incidents that may have significant impacts to residents. Residents and visitors can now receive life-saving emergency alerts and advanced warning of severe weather via telephone, text message, or email, based on individual preferences. Additionally, these alerts can be …
Monday, Mar 27, 2017
BEATRICE – The Beatrice Police Department is encouraging people with smart phones to download a free application, called AlertSense. It will connect people into the Southeast Communications system to receive things such as Amber Alert messages and weather updates, along with alerts that target a specific area.
Chief of Police Bruce Lang says for several years, police have used a similar system, but he says this one is better, and will be less expensive.
People can give their address at …
Monday, Mar 27, 2017
AlertSense software enables sheriff to communicate with citizens, one on one
MANTI—The Sanpete County Sheriff’s Office is implementing a software program called AlertSense designed to enable it to communicate with residents in ways it never has before, including one on one.
The system serves as the single platform, or interface, for sending outbound 911 calls to landlines in a designated location and for activating a federal system known as the Integrated …