Regular readers of AWARE have probably noticed the site has not been updated as frequently in recent weeks. The truth is we’ve stretched ourselves thin in keeping the site fresh and at the same time determining where we can take AWARE going forward so that it continues to be a source of news and insights for you. So while we regroup on the future of AWARE, we are going to take a hiatus from posting new content on the site.
Our founding purpose with this site back in 2010 was to produce thought-provoking articles and share insights on important news stories regarding alerts and warnings for the public safety community. We are proud of the resource that this site has become for you, particularly during such a critical time for alerts and warnings, with the first national test of EAS and the rollout of CMAS/WEA. We look forward to continuing to be a source of news and analysis.
- The AWARE Team
We’ve been remiss in posting new articles lately, but we could not let too much time pass without commenting on the use of the Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) system in Boston in the days after the marathon bombing. As our friend Rick Wimberly discusses on the Alerts and Notifications blog, Massachusetts state officials sent a WEA message as one way of notifying residents of Boston and its suburbs to shelter in place during the manhunt for the suspects. Continue reading »
The Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC’s) Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau (PSHSB) has finally released a report on the November, 2011 national test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS), entitled, “Strengthening the EAS: Lessons Learned from the Nationwide EAS Test”. While the report doesn’t reveal any great revelations on the test results that weren’t already generally known, the more important content is the action that PSHSB recommends the Commission take to improve the EAS. Continue reading »