More and more government agencies are signing up for access to the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS). FEMA has made it easy to learn about the system with a free online course. The goal of the three-lesson course is to provide best practices, increased awareness of the benefits of using IPAWS for effective public warnings, skills to draft more appropriate, effective, and accessible warning messages.
Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA), sent via IPAWS, are only just starting to be utilized. They are still largely unknown to the general public. Ready.gov has an extremely helpful PSA video as well as answers to frequently asked questions about the system.
WEA emergency messages can be sent by authorized government alerting authorities through your mobile carrier for situations such as extreme weather, and other threatening emergencies in your area, AMBER Alerts, and Presidential Alerts during a national emergency.
The subject of IPAWS comes up often with our customers and it can be a confusing and complicated system to explain. We updated our comprehensive white paper explaining what IPAWS is, what it can do for you, and how it works in connection with the Rapid Notify system. We highly recommend you download the paper today.
Periodic testing your mass notification system is a best practice we highly recommend. Not only does it help to ensure that your messages are up-to-date and ready to use, it also serves as a reminder to your select group of test alert recipients that the system is active and available.
Another important reason to test your system is making sure the users in your organization are properly trained. Using the Rapid Notify system is easy to learn but we find that if our customers do not practice on a regular basis, they forget about many of the most powerful features available to them.
Periodic testing can also be a reminder to monitor internal accountability. Customers that experience staff turnover may not realize that the person previously designated as their Rapid Notify Customer Administrator did not train or even inform their replacement regarding access to their account.
We encourage all of our customers to contact our outstanding Customer Support team to schedule an online refresher training session. Our system has many new features that you may not even be aware of such as Reusable Scenario Alerts, Social Media posting and more.
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