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The following prompts are intended for organizations that are considering implementing an alerts, warnings, and notifications program or need assistance developing a comprehensive emergency alert program plan. Before you begin, consider gathering the necessary information to ensure your AWN program plan is as complete as possible. This information may include:
There are five sections to completing your alerting program plan:
Step 1: AWN System InformationStep 2: AWN System SOPsStep 3: Messaging TemplatesStep 4: Training and System Test InformationStep 5: Exercises
It will take approximately two hours to complete all five steps. The exact timeframe is dependent on your familiarity with your agency's alerts, warnings, and notifications program.
Once started, your responses to the steps are stored in your browser for 14 days. This allows you to stop and return to completing the plan.
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The complex nature of Alerts, Warnings and Notifications programs can often make it difficult to clearly explain to Alert Originators the mechanisms available and how to access each system. Having a clear breakdown of the differences between the communication pathways and key contact information can be critical to sending effective and timely life-saving alerts during an incident or disaster. It is encouraged that this information be available during onboarding and refresher training for all employees using alerting platforms.
A. User Information
B. Agency Need
In one paragraph, describe the agency’s need(s) for alerts, warnings, and notifications in day-to-day operations: