Revolutionizing Public Notification & Warning Systems
On June 26th 2006 President Bush issued an executive order to have an
effective, reliable, integrated, flexible, and comprehensive system to
alert and warn the American people in situations of war, terrorist
attack, natural disaster, or other hazards to public safety and
well-being. This system still does not exist.
At the same time state and local governments have spent and continue
to spend millions to set up and maintain individual systems to notify
their citizens of emergency situations. Most currently use some form
of telephone dialing system to deliver these alerts.
The systems in use now are ineffective, slow, expensive, and
incompatible with one another and could not be used on a nationwide
level to deliver an alert.
The current emergency broadcast system which was first implemented in
the 1950’s is currently deemed as “very ineffective” and the recent
summit conducted by National Association of Broadcasters in March of
2009 confirmed that the emergency broadcast system is in poor shape at
best. Even if the system was “fixed” and worked flawlessly it would
still only reach a fraction of Americans during an emergency alert.
The ideal public notification system would reach American citizens
anywhere in the entire nation, even the entire world at a moments
notice. An ideal system would save the federal, state and local
governments of this country hundreds of millions of dollars over the
public warning systems currently in place. An ideal system would alert
citizens even in the most dire situations when power may be lost and
even when all forms of telephone communications might be lost such as
during hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, LA.
Such a system can be achieved.