Local Weather Alert System
Throughout the United States, there is a number of local weather alert system suppliers. The National Warning System (NAWAS), NOAA Weather Radio, EAS Emergency Alert System and WEA Wireless Emergency Alerts are all capable of notifying residents of dangerous or severe weather conditions. Unfortunately each has its disadvantages.
NAWAS is a fixed line telephone system that provides weather alerts to approximately 2,200 locations throughout the continental United States. It is then the role of each emergency coordinator to advise residents of the risk of danger through whatever means is available to them. Often this can result in delays in communicating vital information.
The NOAA Weather Radio and EAS Emergency Alert System are both radio-based local weather alert systems that are only effective if residents are listening to the radio, whereas the WEA Wireless Emergency Alerts system only works on WEA-compatible smartphones and mobile devices. Residents with older mobile devices will not receive weather alert notifications.
Although each of these local weather alert systems integrates with the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) – so alerts can be communicated via public signage, SMS text and the Internet – IPAWS too has coverage and compatibility issues. For residents to receive alerts via these channels, they have to be IPAWS-compliant public alerting systems, which not all are.
The Rave Alert Local Weather Alert System
Rave Alert is an emergency notification platform from Rave Mobile Safety – the developers of the award-winning Smart911 system. It can be used by local emergency coordinators as a local weather alert system to warn residents of dangerous or severe weather conditions quickly and simultaneously using multiple channels of communication – even if they are not IPAWS-compliant.
As it is a Software-as-a-Service platform, Rave Alert can be accessed from any Internet-connected device. Emergency coordinators simply log into the platform, write their warning message, select the group(s) of residents to receive it, and click send. Within minutes, the alert will be seen or heard by the selected group(s) of residents wherever they are, whatever they are doing.
Further features of Rave Alert´s local weather alert system include multi-lingual support, two-way communication and the ability to segment databases into groups. The segmentation of databases in particular can be of benefit to emergency coordinators who want to conduct conversations with CERT-qualified or medically trained personnel on the ground in order to improve situational awareness.
Rave Alert also provides real-time updates of alert success. Emergency coordinators can confirm notification delivery using “by recipient” reports, and when it is believed an alert has not been received by a resident in danger – possibly due to a busy line or answering machine – resend the alert or arrange for the resident in danger to be contacted by an alternative channel of communication.