Franklin, TN, January 15, 2014 --(PR.com
)-- Galain Solutions, Inc., a consultancy devoted to stronger emergency alerts, is offering to help local public safety agencies become part of new federal alerting initiatives at no charge. Galain consultants will guide agencies through the process of becoming an “alerting authority” for the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS). Alerting authority gives local agencies permission to send alerts through IPAWS systems including Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA), the new mobile device alerting initiative.
Galain President Rick Wimberly said, “IPAWS offers very strong supplements to existing local alerting initiatives, and we want to see as many local agencies as possible taking advantage of the program.” He said the offer would provide access to a Galain consultant for an hour-long consultation, with follow-up assistance if necessary. “The process isn’t difficult,” according to Wimberly, “but it does require specific step-by-step action.”
IPAWS is a program operated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) designed to make alerts more effective for the nation. Its WEA mobile alert initiatives have been creating buzz as alerts with attention getting tones and vibrations have been received by mobile devices throughout the nation. The program has already been credited with saving lives in serious storms, and helping solve AMBER Alert cases involving missing children. Information about IPAWS can be found at the FEMA IPAWS website: www.fema.gov/integrated-public-alert-warning-system
About Galain: Galain is a Franklin, Tennessee-based mass notification consulting firm with specific expertise in alerts and warnings. The company serves government clients at federal, state, and local levels, as well as corporate and higher education clients. Galain writes on related topics extensively and is often called upon to speak at conferences and other events. Its blog for award-winning Emergency Management magazine on alerts and notifications is followed widely by emergency management professionals. (You can find the blog at http://www.emergencymgmt.com/emergency-blogs/alerts)