A Short Note On Response Network ( Warn ) Act

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and Response Network (WARN) Act was passed by Congress in 2008. The WARN Act allows federal agencies to transmit alerts from the President of the United States, National Weather Service (NWS), state and local emergency operation centers to participating wireless providers to have those alerts broadcast to their customers. With the CAP technology of IPAWS using the IPAWS-OPEN, the program formerly known as the Commercial Mobile Alert System (CMAS), now called the Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA), issues alerts that are transmitted with technology akin to SMS text messages. These WEA alerts are delivered to all cellular phones by way of cell towers rather than the older technique of transmitting text alerts to individual users. The WEA has…show more content…
Foreign tourists to the United States will find that their cellular telephones do not work unless their cellular device are “unlocked” and capable of functioning on the MHz spectrum of the area they are visiting. Normally within the US, the service providers operate on the 850 and 1900 MHz bands. Most other countries, and their cellular phones operate on the 900, 1800 and 2100 MHz bands. Therefore, foreign tourists risk not receiving cellular device EAS broadcasts on their “locked” cellular phones even if they are within a regional geographically targeted alert zone for wireless emergency alerts. The lack of other than English alerts also becomes an issue with these demographic groups. Currently, this weakness in the United States emergency alert system is not being corrected.
According to the Government Accounting Office report of 2007, there are some 54 million adults within the United States with some degree of hearing or vision impairment (GAO, 2007). The current EAS system also has poor capabilities to issue alerts to individuals within the disabled community. At this time, the alerting options for the disabled community remains limited and further research and development will be needed. The redundant communication platform alerting capabilities of the CAP within IPAWS-OPEN will be needed for the alerting of this community.
It is expected in 2018, a new application
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