Report on appropriate possibilities on delivering warnings with the latest technology




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[2011-10-12]

[Mats Johansson]



Report on appropriate possibilities on delivering warnings with the latest technology

(A6: Report on appropriate possibilities on delivering warnings with the latest technology), Deadline: first attempt mid 2011)

Different ways of communicating warnings


This is a list with the technology that can be used to distribute information about warning situations to everyone that can have an urgent need of this kind of information. Although the task is to present the latest technology there are still a couple of older technics that still is very useful.

1.1Television and radio

1.1.1Broadcasts on radio and TV


One of the oldest ways of communicates information about difficult situations but still very useful when a lot of people regularly follow these media. Weather forecasts are often presented at the same times and have therefore a big audience.

1.1.2Ticker tape


This is something that can be seen in worldwide TV channels like CNN and Sky News but also in national TV channels like SVT1 and SV2 in Sweden. It´s a text information that is rolling at the top or the bottom of the TV screen giving short urgent information for citizens. One of the good things with this is that you can select only the area that will be affected and send the ticker tape from TV-masts that cover the area (what I want to say is that you can select only one TV-mast so that people in other parts of a country want have any information, can you please write it better? In Sweden we have ticker tape only for big accidence, what do you have in UK?).

1.2Internet

1.2.1NHMSs website


Information about valid warnings or level of warnings published at NHMSs website. That can be done either by the warning in text/symbols at the frontpage or just a symbol/link when you have a warning situation.

1.2.2Email


Possible for customers to subscribe for warnings of a specified type or/and in a specified area. If a warning is issued the subscriber will get an Email with either a link to the NHMSs homepage or a detailed message about what warnings has been issued and for what area.

1.2.3Widget


Widget is a program (?) that can be used on a webpage by the webpage owner. Then it´s possible to have a feed from the NHMSs website to the homepage with a link to the warning page which will be updated as soon as the warning page is updated.

1.2.4RSS feeds


Possible with RSS to send information to a computer or cellphone that have a program for RSS. Information about warnings can therefore be pushed from NHMSs to people that have a RSS-reader

1.2.5Social media


A lot of people are using Facebook and Twitter both at computers and cellphones. They are therefore very good media for fast spreading of warning information. Although it´s important to notice that information on these medias should be a link to NHMSs homepage because the fact that Facebook and Twitter owns everything published there.

1.2.6YouTube


NHMSs make a short movie with a video camera or webcam and give information about the weather and the warning situation. This movie can then be spread to a big public on the internet with YouTube.

Exampel of this from Uk Met Office can be seen on http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3tvlI5U9FVA


1.2.7Online services


Press media included web based information, online services. Can you fill this with information?

1.3Cellphone

1.3.1SMS


Possible for customers to subscribe for warnings of a specified type or/and in a specified area. If a warning is issued the subscriber will get an SMS with either a link to the NHMSs homepage or a detailed message about what warnings has been issued and for what area.

1.3.2APPS


Application specially developed for download and use in cellphones. NHMSs can have a service that push warning information into cellphones that have the program installed. The cellphone owner can choose which warnings and areas that is of interest.

1.3.3Connection with cellphones providers


When an extreme warning situation occurs it´s possible for a cellphone provider to send, for example a SMS to all cellphones within a specified area.

Connected to mobil phone providers



What to say about this?

1.4Fax and Telephone


Fax and telephone are old but still useful ways to communicate and especially between authorities in a warning situation of higher level. In a level 2 or level 3 warning situation a telephone or video conference is an effective way of giving all participants a common picture of the situation and that will help them take the best decisions for solving it.

– Senast ändrad 2011-10-24


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