The “Presidential Alert” that millions of cell phones in the United States received at approximately 2:18 PM EDT on 3 October 2018 was a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and the Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) system.
It’s a fact of life in 2017 that cyber threats are everywhere. We know that we need to set strong passwords on our email, encrypt connections to our banking, healthcare, wifi, and even lockdown our social media accounts.
So, why should your emergency notification system (ENS) be any different?
A breach of your email or social media could be embarrassing.
A breach of your bank account could be inconvenient and very costly.
A breach of your emergency notification system could be even worse. It could reduce confidence in real alerts or even put your community in real-world danger by causing a panic.
What can you do to help ensure that a hacker doesn’t compromise your ENS?
Omnilert is pleased to introduce the new Network Status dashboard. This new resource allows customers to access live updates related to the Omnilert Network. The genesis was to provide full transparency to our customers and to fulfill our quest to be continually responsive to our customers’ needs and requests.
It’s nothing new to hear that preparation is critical to any emergency response. Like any organization, I’m sure hours, even days, have been spent crafting a plan for just about any occurrence, from a minor utility outage to a major storm or worse, an armed assailant on your grounds.
It’s safe to say that three technologies have emerged to be the most commonly used for emergency notifications: SMS (text messages), email, and old-fashioned voice phone calls. Just about every notification plan now includes some combination of these three endpoints.