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National Weather Service Puts a Cap on Caps

Mixed-case Font will be the New Standard for Alerts


That’s how a report from the National Weather Service would typically read from Mr. Roger’s neck of the woods. But beginning May 11, the National Weather Service will officially, “…STOP YELLING AT YOU.”

If you use the InformaCast Inbound CAP plugin, you’re probably familiar with the National Weather Service’s affinity for all-caps announcements. According to The Atlantic, while today’s forecasts are typed on computers, the all-caps format ties back to the days when an older infrastructure system used teletype machines that could only transmit in all caps. 

Now, after 20 years, the phase-out of the old technology is complete, and when the new system is rolled out on May 11, mixed-case will be the new standard for forecasts. However, all caps will still be used in emergency situations, such as tornadoes. 

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Topics: Emergency Notification, CAP, Weather Notification

Severe Weather Emergency Alerts: 3 Important Questions to Ask



When a tornado warning is issued, you have an average of 13 minutes before the tornado will hit. That’s not a lot of time. Every second counts.

For many organizations, staff need to manually activate an internal weather alert letting people know to seek shelter in a building or safe area. That process is dependent on knowing who’s responsible, having access to information from the National Weather Service, and being in a position to activate the alert to the buildings on campus.

With many areas of the country already experiencing severe weather and tornados, now is the time for every organization to think about how to handle weather emergencies. We’ve put together three questions you should ask.
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Topics: CAP, Weather Notification

Is Your Organization Prepared for Severe Weather?

severe-weather-informacastSevere weather can strike at any time, including at work or school. Does your organization have a plan with policies and procedures for how to respond?

Here are a few questions for you to consider when creating or updating your severe weather response plan:

  • How do staff members currently learn about weather alerts?
  • Do people in your organization listen to a weather radio or wait to hear outdoor sirens?
  • Who is in charge of initiating an alert to your organization?
  • What happens if the person in charge is out of the office or out sick?
  • Can staff members trigger an emergency notification if they're away from their desk?

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Topics: Weather Notification

Protect Your Organization During Wildfire Season

It is fire weather season and that means it is time to think about what you need to do to protect your organization from wild fires. 

Each year there are about 100,000 wildfires in the United States. Wildfires can be caused naturally by eventsiStock_000006817747Small such as storms and lighting or by humans when they do something like drop a still lit cigarette or leave a camp fire unattended. You can help protect your staff from wildfires that get out of hand by setting up automated weather alerts that are triggered in Informacast when the National Weather Service issues a Fire Weather Watch or a Red Flag Warning. 

A Fire Weather Watch and a Red Flag Warning are the two most common types of fire weather alerts issued by the National Weather Service. 

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Topics: CAP, Weather Notification

Three Ways to Keep You and Your People Safe During a Weather Emergency

All eyes were on the northeast part of the nation this week as Hurricane Sandy ripped through New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut. The storm caused severe flooding, power outages, and wind-driven fires. It was a humbling reminder of the force of mother nature and the need for vigilance. Here are three things you can do to keep you and your people safe in any weather emergency.

StormBe informed and prepared: The preparations that take place before a weather emergency can have a huge impact on what happens during and after. One of the things that prevented Hurricane Sandy from being an even larger tragedy was that it was not a surprise. People were informed of when and where it would strike and had some time to prepare.

InformaCast's Inbound CAP Plugin lets you know when there is a weather concern in your area so you don't need to spend extra time and money monitoring for alerts. 

Just define the geographic area that is important to you, and InformaCast will automatically notify you when there is a weather concern in that area. InformaCast is configured to receive alerts from several organizations, including the National Weather Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and Department of Homeland Security. As soon as one of these organizations releases an alert that pertains to your area, InformaCast will let you know.  

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Topics: InformaCast, emergency communication, mass notification, Life-Safety, CAP, Weather Notification

Redlands Unified School District Uses InformaCast In Earthquake Preparedness Event

iStock 000018008010SmallOn October 18th, over 10.6 million registrants – including thousands of schools – will participate in the Great ShakeOut earthquake drill. The annual event allows people to practice and get comfortable with emergency response procedures for earthquakes.

Redlands Unified School District (RUSD) in Redlands, California, participates in the event each year using their InformaCast system. RUSD sets up a pre-recorded message to broadcast an alert across phones and speakers. Students who participate learn to recognize InformaCast alerts that will give them important safety information in the event of an emergency.

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Topics: school notification, Redlands, InformaCast, CAP, Weather Notification

Joy Global Uses Singlewire Software to Send Emergency Notification

VIDEO CASE STUDY: Joy Global / P&H Mining use Singlewire InformaCast with CallAware to help keep workers safe. 

singlewire callaware algo mass notification emergency communicationInformaCast is used as part of their emergency notification system to quickly alert plant workers of an event and provide information. When used with Singlewire CallAware, managers are also able to monitor when the company emergency number or 911 is dialed within the organization so that on-site first responders can be directed to scene.

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Topics: campus emergency, Case Studies, InformaCast, manufacturing, CallAware, Weather Notification, Algo

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