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WEA 2.0 Goes Live!

Picture of the National WEA Test
If you have a cell phone, chances are you’ve received an AMBER Alert or a weather alert. The loud tone and the buzzing likely warned you of flash flooding or another imminent danger in your area.
After seven years of service, those Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEAs) getting a much-needed update, which will allow for:

  • Longer warning messages.
  • Multilingual capabilities.
  • New alert classes.
  • Better location accuracy of WEAs throughout Minnesota.

Read how these life-saving messages will keep you better informed in an emergency in our latest DPS blog.

National Emergency Communications Plan Released

​The U.S Department of Homeland Security has just released an updated National Emergency Communications Plan (NECP).

The strategic plan outlines the priorities to strengthen and enhance interoperable emergency communications capabilities across the nation. The plan also addresses current gaps, highlights emerging technologies and provides guidance to states to invest and maintain emergency communications.

The National Council of Statewide Interoperability Coordinators (NCSWIC), SAFECOM and others were instrumental in the update. Minnesota’s Statewide Interoperability Coordinator, Jim Stromberg, and others from ECN were engage in the process and provided input. 

Click here to view the updated National Emergency Communications Plan.

Interoperable Public Safety Communications

​The Statewide Emergency Communications Board provides leadership to set the vision, priorities and technical roadmap for interoperable communications and alert and warnings across the state.

The board's priorities are to:
  • Ensure advances in technology will be implemented to enhance the ability for all residents to call for help.
  • Provide confidence that responders in every corner of the state have the ability to communicate with each other during an emergency.
  • Enable all counties to effectively alert and warn residents and visitors of impending danger.