PIO message –
Friendly reminder: REAL weather predictions should be based from real science (like our professionals from the National Weather Service @NWS)…not a fugly little fat groundhog on one-single day.
C’mon peeps! Common sense right?!?
Your contributions to the safety of our country is immeasurable. It is because of your dedication to preparedness and national doctrine that we are better, stronger, quicker, and faster.
May we all try to emulate your dedication to the mission.
I have great memories as do so many others from other agencies. You will be sorely missed my friend.
Till the next selfie op…
The National EAS and WEA test will be held on the backup date of October 3, 2018, beginning at 2:18 p.m. EDT.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), will conduct a nationwide test of the Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) and Emergency Alert System (EAS) on the backup date of October 3, 2018 due to ongoing response efforts to Hurricane Florence. The WEA portion of the test commences at 2:18 p.m. EDT, and the EAS portion follows at 2:20 p.m. EDT. The test will assess the operational readiness of the infrastructure for distribution of a national message and determine whether improvements are needed.
The WEA test message will be sent to cell phones that are connected to wireless providers participating in WEA. This is the fourth EAS nationwide test and the first national WEA test. Previous EAS national tests were conducted in November 2011, September 2016, and September 2017 in collaboration with the FCC, broadcasters, and emergency management officials in recognition of FEMA’s National Preparedness Month.
Cell towers will broadcast the WEA test for approximately 30 minutes beginning at 2:18 p.m. EDT. During this time, WEA compatible cell phones that are switched on, within range of an active cell tower, and whose wireless provider participates in WEA should be capable of receiving the test message. Some cell phones will not receive the test message, and cell phones should only receive the message once. The WEA test message will have a header that reads “Presidential Alert” and text that says:
“THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed.”
The WEA system is used to warn the public about dangerous weather, missing children, and other critical situations through alerts on cell phones. The national test will use the same special tone and vibration as with all WEA messages (i.e. Tornado Warning, AMBER Alert). Users cannot opt out of receiving the WEA test.
The EAS is a national public warning system that provides the President with the communications capability to address the nation during a national emergency. The test is made available to EAS participants (i.e., radio and television broadcasters, cable systems, satellite radio and television providers, and wireline video providers) and is scheduled to last approximately one minute. The test message will be similar to regular monthly EAS test messages with which the public is familiar. The EAS message will include a reference to the WEA test:
“THIS IS A TEST of the National Emergency Alert System. This system was developed by broadcast and cable operators in voluntary cooperation with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Federal Communications Commission, and local authorities to keep you informed in the event of an emergency. If this had been an actual emergency an official message would have followed the tone alert you heard at the start of this message. A similar wireless emergency alert test message has been sent to all cell phones nationwide. Some cell phones will receive the message; others will not. No action is required.”
The test was originally planned for September 20, 2018 but has been postponed until October 3, 2018 due to ongoing response efforts to Hurricane Florence.
So many state emergency management agencies have apps that can help you prepare. Here’s a fine example of the @scemd app that has tons of #preparedness info on #hurricane #nuclear #winter #snow #thunderstorm #wildfire #flooding #thunder #tornado #safety
No matter what part of the country you reside or work, be better prepared with these kinds of free apps available to anyone.
So many free things you can do to better prepare yourself for an emergency or disaster.
Guess what day it is……September 1st – the start of National Preparedness Month!
Follow along for a bunch of preparedness things you can do to for you, your family, and your friends.
Additionally, I’ll share a bunch of other posts from the home agency too!
It’s Monday morning so lets kick off another hard core ICS-300 course…in the Poinsettia Room! 🌺
Also known as the city’s Emergency Operations Center too.
Diverse groups today with a strong showing from our Department of Defense and local public safety professionals.
This kind of joint training provides us the opportunities to build stronger partnerships and even strengthen the preexisting bonds with DoD assets including a few special teams.
Lots of group work as participants figure out priorities and challenges during the first few hours and into the first/second operational period.
But working through the issues in a calm classroom will help reduce the amount of stress during an actual emergency. Finding out strengths and gaps and addressing them so that everyone can respond better to any incident. That’s right enhancing response capabilities.
Sound familiar? That’s what HSPD-5 (Homeland Security Presidential Directive-5) is all about. A coordinated response! <heavy breathing>
That is exactly what Emergency Management is all about – build relationships for a coordinated response. <heavier breathing>
And also proof, if you teach it right, you can get people to smile in my ICS classes.
Great work from all participants – lotsa participation from everyone!
Glad to see so much collaboration from local, county, state, Federal, and DoD assets.
And as always, thank you for your service to our great country.
Happy birthday Marty. It’s a great first day.
Looking forward to the next two days!
Volunteer and Donations Management class today.
Lots of discussion was sparked by spontaneous volunteers.
While easy to handle, complex to handle without a tested and easy system to categories skills and personnel.
Additionally, lots focused on resource and supplies. A casual remark in class is that volunteers can house all kinds of stuff and be able to distribute everything accordingly.
Let me be very honest, I love people that want to help. But if you dump this task on an untrained and unfamiliar set of volunteers, it will not go smoothly. You have to train them, set them in a direction, and of course be as organized and coordinated as you can be. Make them part of your team EARLY!
So to share a perfect example of serving in disaster recovery, I’ll again share the AmeriCorps package we put together while deployed out for Hurricane Maria on the US Virgin Islands St. Thomas.
A few takeaways for participants in today’s class:
Train your volunteers frequently as they should be a valuable part of our community’s recovery process.