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Nationwide Emergency Alert Test Planned for Oct. 3

FEMA, in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission, will conduct a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System and Wireless Emergency Alerts on Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018. The WEA portion of the test, which will be sent to consumer cell phones, will begin at 2:18 p.m. EDT. The EAS portion of the test, which will be sent to radio and television, will follow at 2:20 p.m. EDT.  This will be the fourth nationwide EAS test and the first nationwide WEA test.

S&T Report on Alerting Tactics

The purpose of this Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) Report on Alerting Tactics (Report) is to provide recommendations on effective combinations of alerting tactics for various incident types based upon lessons learned from practitioners.

Nationwide Test of the Emergency Alerting Systems

FEMA, in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), postponed the nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) until October 3 due to ongoing response efforts to Hurricane Florence.

Written testimony of FEMA for a Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation and the Internet field hearing titled “Hawaii False Missile Alert: What Happened and What Should We Do Next?”

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) National Continuity Programs Directorate Office of Continuity Communications Director Antwane Johnson addresses the importance of the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS), how the system was used during the events of January 13, 2018, and the steps FEMA is  taking to improve the system.

S&T FRG Geo-Targeting Performance of Wireless Emergency Alerts in Imminent Threat Scenarios

A significant long-standing challenge for imminent threat alert originators (AOs) at all levels of government is how to quickly communicate warning messages to people in danger, while avoiding to warn those not at risk. Providing effective warnings of an imminent threat, such as a dangerous tornado, can save lives. Ideally, people can take shelter before the tornado strikes if they are provided enough warning time.

S&T FRG WEA Impact on Physiological Responses

Effective alerts and warnings during a disaster protects people and saves lives. Over the past decade, mobile communication technologies have become ubiquitous. Disaster and emergency messages sent directly to end users has emerged as a promising new practice. In particular, short message service (SMS) text message formats have emerged as a modality that is both practical and popular as the majority of Americans now use smartphones. In regards to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) wireless emergency alerts (WEAs), these messages are pushed out through commercial mobile carriers to customers who are located geographically near the hazard, and newer smartphones are ‘WEA enabled.’

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