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