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Alerting

Coverage of alerting methods and technologies used by communities to communicate about both natural and human-made disasters to help keep the public safe and informed.

The Star compared Tucson's 911 "ring times" to a standard set by the National Emergency Numbers Association, which requires 95% of 911 calls to be answered within 20 seconds of receiving a call.
San Jose is one of only a half dozen jurisdictions in California that have taken the unconventional step of using WEA to push out information about vaccination clinics.
With the technology, the 911 operator can view the profile of the caller and learn about any mental health issues or potential problems with mental illness, human trafficking, or domestic and gang violence.
The ModUcom system used at the backup center was installed in 2011. However, the county is upgrading to new radios which will interface with VIPER radio systems used throughout the state.
Austin and Travis County, Texas' emergency management offices partnered with Deaf Link, an all-service interpreting agency, to send emergency alerts in American Sign Language.
As Sunday night’s storm neared Norman, Okla., the Norman Police Department warned residents they’d need to take weather precautions, but that Norman has no public shelters. The storm dropped golf and tennis ball-sized hail on Norman.
He’s helped put together new systems to allow hospitals to send out patients and accept them. He also fields calls from outlying hospitals with urgent transfer challenges.