The Department of Homeland Security is looking for more communities to test the Commercial Mobile Alert System (also known as Personal Localized Alerting Network or PLAN). Initial CMAS tests were conducted in December by the New York City Office of Emergency Management, DHS’s Science and Technology Directorate (S&T), FEMA IPAWS, and four major mobile carriers (Verizon, ATT, T-Mobile, and Sprint).
S&T’s Denis Gusty recently told participants in a webinar that although test results are still being analyzed, S&T considers the test a success – in fact, “very successful in the terms of cooperation". He said the test was conducted ahead of schedule which required “a lot of people to work tremendously hard” including NYCOEM, engineers for FEMA’s Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS), and the carriers.
Gusty says S&T intends to conduct four regional CMAS tests this year, and a national one. He says S&T is scouting for additional test sites, looking for governmental entities that have:
Here’s what we suggest for making those things happen:
And, certainly if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact Galain Solutions at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. We have a team of consultants who are well-versed on CMAS and IPAWS. And, if we don’t know the answer to a question, perhaps we can help you get it.
Even if you are not a candidate for a pilot, it would be wise a to start figuring out your plan for getting up to speed for CMAS. CMAS will offer an exciting opportunity to alert your local public via their mobile devices – without requiring them to sign up.
Yes, there’s work to be done…but, at least there's a lot more direction on how to make CMAS a reality for local use.
All the best,