Gary Timm

Gary Timm works as an Alerts and Warnings Domain Subject Matter Expert (SME) at SRA International Strategy and Performance Group in Washington, DC. He has been active in the alerts and warnings community for the better part of three decades, particularly as it relates to the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and prior to that the Emergency Broadcast System (EBS). Gary has successfully passed the FEMA Emergency Management Institute’s coursework IS-100, Introduction to Incident Command System (ICS) and IS-700, Introduction to National Incident Management System (NIMS), giving him a greater understanding of the emergency management community.

Gary recently concluded a 37-year career as a Broadcast Engineer at Journal Broadcast Group in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He continues his commitment to emergency alerting in his home state of Wisconsin as the Broadcast Chair of the State EAS Committee, as well as involvement on the State Amber Alert Committee. In 2005, he was awarded a Certificate of Commendation from the Governor of the State of Wisconsin for his work on EAS and Amber Alert. Gary’s work in emergency alerting extends to the national level as well, through membership on the Society of Broadcast Engineers (SBE) EAS Committee, as well as frequent speaking engagements on the state, national, and international level.

FCC Bureau Issues Nationwide EAS Test Report

On April 15, 2013, in News, by with SRA International

EAS Logo - image by San Diego Emergency Alert System

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 »


State Promotes AMBER Alert WEA Use

On March 21, 2013, in CMAS & Mobile Alerts, by with SRA International

As mentioned here on AWARE, changes were made in the past few months in the way abducted-child AMBER Alerts are delivered to cell phones and other mobile devices.  The previous Wireless AMBER Alert Program SMS-based alerts were replaced by the new Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) system.  With 700,000 people having been subscribed to the previous program, a huge awareness campaign is needed to advise the public of the switch to WEA.  At least one state has taken a very proactive approach on its outreach. Continue reading »

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FCC Says CMAS is now WEA

On February 26, 2013, in CMAS & Mobile Alerts, by with SRA International

WEAYesterday, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released Order DA 13-280, stating that the Commission is revising its Part 10 rules by changing the name Commercial Mobile Alert System (CMAS) to Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA).  These are the wireless alert system technical rules governing the participating cellular wireless carriers, which the FCC calls Commercial Mobile Service Providers (CMSPs).  This change is effective upon publication in the Federal Register. Continue reading »

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Tips on Acquiring and Using FEMA IPAWS Alert Origination Systems

On February 21, 2013, in IPAWS, News, by with SRA International
The FEMA test laboratory at the Joint Interoperability Test Center (JITC) - photo courtesy of FEMA

The FEMA test laboratory at the Joint Interoperability Test Center (JITC) – photo courtesy of FEMA

FEMA recently held a webinar giving the latest details on its Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS), as well as tips for local alert originators on acquiring and using IPAWS alert origination systems.  The session also offered an update on the forthcoming alert originator test lab detailed in December here on AWARE. Continue reading »

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FCC Bureau Scrutinizes Nation’s Wireless Infrastructure

On February 4, 2013, in News, by with SRA International

FCC-LogoAs noted last October here on AWARE, one of the priorities of incoming FCC Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau (PSHSB) Chief David Turetsky was to investigate the communications outages that occurred during the June 2012 derecho event.  The FCC has now released a PSHSB report on the impacts of the storm and recommendations for improvements to the nation’s communications systems. Continue reading »

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