With more devices than Americans, it’s logical emergency personnel view mobile devices as important communications tools to alert people as soon as possible that their lives or property are seriously at risk.
I’ve chewed on all this news regarding the FEMA III alert and must confess I swallowed it wholesale along with so many others, as evidenced by the sheer number of pieces devoted to the subject in the alternative media: that is, until this morning, when I experienced an ‘ah-hah’ moment. To the alert itself, which on the surface is highly alarming and, dare I say, panic inducing (at least for people in Region III). FEMA purchase orders for over $14.2 million for MREs and heater meals delivered to Region III by October 1st.
FEMA purchase orders for 22 million pouches of emergency water delivered to region III by October 1st. FEMA purchase orders for $13.6 million for MREs and heater meals delivered to Austin by October 1st. When we read the news on this alert for primarily October, and essentially beginning on October 1st (15 of the 19 orders take place on or within five days of October 1st) in and for FEMA Region III, our minds automatically make two assumptions.

Omnilert today announced the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved the company’s products as IPAWS alert originators. Earlier in 2013, Omnilert successfully demonstrated use of the Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) to interface with IPAWS.
If your provider is not listed, it is likely working to make the alerts available for its customers soon.
FEMA-approved organizations can now access the Integrated Public Alert & Warning System (IPAWS) through Omnilert’s products e2Campus and Amerilert to broadcast alerts over the Emergency Alert System (EAS), Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA), and other systems, in addition to the client’s own subscriber base and endpoints within their Omnilert account.
As a result, Omnilert has executed a Memorandum of Agreement with FEMA to be listed on the IPAWS-OPEN Developer List. Additionally, the FEMA listing enables the capability to retrieve and disseminate messages and further capability to exchange information between Collaborative Operating Groups (COGs). For example: Colorado residents received alerts about floods, evacuation routes and road conditions.

Based on the information received from the alerting originator, the wireless providers disseminate the message to WEA-capable phones in the specified geographic zone. In addition, many of the new phones that are sold from participating carriers are able to transmit these alerts. To confirm your device is capable of receiving the alerts and are available in your area, please check with your wireless provider.

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