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Today: Disaster alerts: Jeannette Sutton, Ken Freedman and Mark discuss
• Jeannette Sutton, Associate Professor, College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity, University of Albany
• The Warn Room, Jeannette’s guide to writing alerts: “Follow this format to improve your alerts. The best 360-character Wireless Emergency Alerts will use this evidence-based template: Source, hazard name/description, location, consequences of threat, protective action, time.”
• Wireless Emergency Alerts on Wikipedia
• Maui Sent an Evacuation Alert. Why Did So Few People Get It? (by Mike Baker, Sergio Olmos and Eileen Sullivan in the NYT, Sep 3, 2023):
As more households disconnect landline telephones and fewer families have access to broadcast television and radio, emergency managers have increasingly focused on wireless emergency notifications to instantly reach large numbers of people. But that modern system has its own limitations, relying on the resilience of cell networks and the proficiency of emergency crews across a patchwork of local agencies.• Was Hurricane Hilary overhyped? It wasn't unprecedented, but warnings likely saved lives (Los Angeles Times, Aug 29, 2023): “Officials issued the region’s first-ever tropical storm watch — later upgraded to a warning — for a broad swath of the Southland as the cyclone’s path grew more clear, likely to become the first storm of that strength to hit the region in decades.”
Two weeks after the Aug. 8 Lahaina fire, as Hurricane Hilary was threatening California, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department found that it could not send a wireless evacuation alert to the community of Seven Oaks, where several people were ultimately left stranded and one remains missing. The county cited a breakdown in its connection to the wireless alert system, which is managed by the federal government.
. . . The patchwork nature of the system was made evident again last week, as Hurricane Idalia was barreling toward the Florida coast. As 30 counties announced various evacuation orders, some local agencies pushed them out via wireless alerts on the federal network, but many did not.
. . . Ms. Sutton, the professor who specializes in emergency alerts, said it was important to build more redundancies into the emergency alert system, look at burying cables to make it more resilient and remember that the wireless system cannot be relied on alone to warn people that danger is imminent.
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|Discussing disaster alerts with Jeannette Sutton, station manager Ken Freedman, and Mark Hurst|
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|Mark and Ken interview Jeannette Sutton|
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