The Bay Area Urban Areas Security Initiative

Public Information & Warning

Public Information & Warning Systems deliver prompt, clear, specific, accurate, and actionable emergency messages to the public. Local government officials utilize mass notifications to disseminate public safety bulletins and warnings in an efficient and effective manner.

Aging technology, a patchwork of notification systems across the region, and underutilized websites, act as obstacles to successful mass notification. Alerting the public before, during, and after disasters with critical instructions saves lives and assists first responders in mitigating the effects of a catastrophe.

The Bay Area UASI developed a comprehensive, regional emergency public information and warning strategic plan. The plan included various recommendations to improve websites and other mass messaging. Additionally, to leverage the potential for cost savings, a master contract was initiated among a number of counties to provide an interoperable mass notification and warning system, including mobile alerts.

CONTACT: Corey Reynolds

 

Working Group

For more information regarding this working group, please contact the project manager using the link above.

 

Resources

The Bay Area Urban Areas Security Initiative Public Information and Warning Work Group’s Mass Notification Seminar held on March 14-15, 2018, was designed as a platform for mass notification system operators, PIOs, and emergency managers to share best practices and lessons learned in mass...

The Bay Area Joint Information System is a network of individuals with responsibilities to support emergency public information and warning. Members come together from a broad spectrum of agencies, disciplines, and jurisdictions throughout the Bay Area to work together to coordinate public...