What Is a Public Safety Alert?
A public safety alert is a cautionary signal from the state to the general public about potential danger. These alerts are issued when a public safety concern might result in severe or fatal harm without prompt action. Typically, a public safety alert is broadcasted to raise the degree of protection in hazardous situations, and interested parties must take action within a reasonable timeframe.
The government leverages commercial or private infrastructure designed to rapidly or continuously disseminate alerts to the public. The simplest of these systems were sirens that would ring in the event of danger and alert the public to prepare for any risky scenario. As technology evolved, those sirens were replaced with notifications disseminated electronically via social media, mobile devices, and other means.
What Is a Public Alert System?
Major Public Alert Systems
Wireless Emergency Alerts
Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEAs) are transmitted to wireless devices based on location and relevance. These warnings are issued by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
Examples of wireless emergency alerts:
- Amber Alerts (for missing children)
- Silver Alerts (for missing adults)
Emergency Alert Systems
Opt-In Alert Systems
What is a Public Safety Alert on the iPhone?
How to Choose an Emergency Notification System
The public safety management team must ensure everyone has the most up-to-date information during an emergency. Depending on an emergency’s level of urgency and potential danger, ENSs must provide information quickly.
Here are some essential criteria to consider when choosing an ENS for your organization.
Speed and System Capacity
Public Contact Management
Broadcast Messaging Option
Emergencies and business disruptions happen. It’s how you prepare and respond to them that determines their impact.
Our critical event management solutions combine a secure emergency notification system with incident response tools and capabilities—so you can quickly deploy your response teams and enable them to better prepare for, respond to, and recover from critical events faster.
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