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Best Practices in Wireless Emergency Alerts

  • Abstract

    This material is based on work funded and supported by Department of Homeland Security and is also available at in the Technology Documents Library.

    This report presents four best practices for the Wireless Emergency
    Alerts (WEA) program. These best practices were identified through interviews
    with emergency management agencies across the United States. The WEA "Go Live"
    Checklist identifies key steps that an emergency management agency should
    perform when implementing WEA in a local jurisdiction and provides guidance for
    completing each action. The WEA Training and Drilling Guide identifies the steps
    for preparing staff to use WEA and includes suggestions shared by alerting
    authorities that have implemented WEA. The WEA Governance Guide identifies
    steps for using or preparing to use WEA to ensure coordination between
    participating alerting agencies. The WEA Cybersecurity Risk Management (CSRM)
    Strategy describes a strategy that alert originators can use throughout WEA
    adoption, operations, and sustainment, as well as a set of governance
    activities for developing a plan to execute the CSRM. Because best practices
    will evolve as WEA matures and becomes more widely used, an appendix provides
    information on how a best practice–driven organization can search for best
    practices, adapt them to the local context, and adopt them for everyday use.

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