[LINK] National Emergency Alert System (was ABC Mobile Web Site Failed Accessibility Test
rchirgwin at ozemail.com.au
Tue Mar 24 10:51:32 EST 2009
Marghanita da Cruz wrote:
> Tom Worthington wrote:
>> At 04:44 PM 22/03/2009, George Bray wrote:
>>> ... Since when is it the ABC's job to provide a national emergency alert
>>> system? ...
>> As far as I can see, there is no legislation specifically requiring
>> the ABC to provide emergency warnings (there is for commercial
>> broadcasters), but they did volunteer for the job and the Minister
>> can direct them to do it.
> I think it is the preparedness/training/direction that may have been lacking.
> Building Evacuations are practiced and firewardens have training.
> The ABC's approach seems to be more emphasis on News rather than emergency
At least in my experience, that's not wholly the case. Should alerts be
provided, they are given (as you suggest below) more or less verbatim.
Mostly, of course, these are mundane and might not even impinge on
peoples' day-to-day thinking, but it's quite often that the ABC
announcers will give storm warnings, hail warnings etc at the first
> What is needed is "emergency bulletins" to be issued by the appropriate agency
> and read/transmitted verbatim by the ABC and other stations,
> in conjunction with community alarms which should prompt people
> to tune into the radio/check websites: Perhaps a special homepage/message
> should be displayed across relevant government and other websites.
OK, so the "community alarm" aspect is lacking (not the ABC's
responsibility). But lots of the commentary about the ABC's role, and
what it does, makes me wonder if it's not more a reflection of listening
to 702 in Sydney when the emergency is in Victoria.
>> The Emergency Management Agency moved from Defence to Attorney
>> General's in 2001, but someone seems to have forgotten to change the
>> Telecommunications Act to transfer the natural disasters authority
>> from the Defence minister to the Attorney General.
>> The current ad-hoc arrangement of phones and fax machines for
>> communication between the states, commonwealth and broadcasters is
>> not a satisfactory "system".
> It is worth noting the US (perhaps historical) Approach:
>> Department of Commerce
>> The Department of Commerce is the government agency tasked with improving living standards for all Americans by promoting economic development and technological innovation.
>> The department supports U.S. business and industry through a number of services, including gathering economic and demographic data, issuing patents and trademarks, improving understanding of the environment and oceanic life, and ensuring the effective use of scientific and technical resources. The agency also formulates telecommunications and technology policy, and promotes U.S. exports by assisting and enforcing international trade agreements.
>> Department of Homeland Security
>> The missions of the Department of Homeland Security are to prevent and disrupt terrorist attacks; protect the American people, our critical infrastructure, and key resources; and respond to and recover from incidents that do occur. The third largest Cabinet department, DHS was established by the Homeland Security Act of 2002, largely in response to the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. The new department consolidated 22 executive branch agencies, including the U.S. Customs Service, the U.S. Coast Guard, the U.S. Secret Service, the Transportation Security Administration, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
> And the new/promised approach under Obama:
>> Further Amendments To Executive Order 12859,Establishment Of The Domestic Policy Council
>> (c) striking "(x) AIDS Policy Coordinator; and" and inserting in lieu thereof "(x) Assistant to the President and Chief Technology Officer;";
>> Deploy a Modern Communications Infrastructure
>> * Deploy Next-Generation Broadband: Work towards true broadband in every community in America through a combination of reform of the Universal Service Fund, better use of the nation's wireless spectrum, promotion of next-generation facilities, technologies and applications, and new tax and loan incentives. America should lead the world in broadband penetration and Internet access.
>> Modernize Public Safety Networks: Spur the development and deployment of new technologies to promote interoperability, broadband access, and more effective communications among first responders and emergency response systems.
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