[LINK] National Emergency Alert System (was ABC Mobile Web Site Failed Accessibility Test
georgebray at gmail.com
Sun Mar 22 16:44:41 EST 2009
On Sun, Mar 22, 2009 at 11:45 AM, Tom Worthington
<Tom.Worthington at tomw.net.au> wrote:
> If the ABC is unable, or unwilling, to plan an effective emergency service,
> the Australian Government could reduce ABC funding and use the money to
> implement something like the US Emergency Alert System (EAS). But I do not
> think that is a good idea:
Since when is it the ABC's job to provide a national emergency alert
system? Certainly they've stepped into the breech in times of crisis
but I doubt they are currently funded for such activities. Perhaps if
they were, delays in sounding the warning signal would be shortened,
and a comprehensive online and broadcast system could be developed.
You seem to allude to this future scenario on your blog posting, so I
don't see how you can suggest they lose funding for a task that's not
in their current charter and budget.
I suggest your proposal for a community warning system provides
*additional* funding to the organisations whom you're intending to
You blog: "This is to propose that Australian governments build a
national community warning system. Such a system can be in place for
the 2009/2010 bush-fire season at a cost of less than $10M."
How has this cost been determined? With the consultation of the
carriers and broadcasters? An underfunded system of this nature is
likely to fail quite spectacularly.
George Bray, The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia.
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