FEMA Emergency Operations Center Successfully Deploys Desktop Alert Mass Notification Platform

System enables Federal Warning Emergency Communication Officials to access multiple broadcast and other communications pathways for the purpose of creating and activating alert and warning messages related to any hazard impacting public safety and well-being.

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The unification of these critical federal agencies will significantly bolster America's homeland security efforts in the event of an emergency." said Howard Ryan, CEO and Founder Desktop Alert Inc.

Washington D.C. (PRWEB) September 22, 2011

Desktop Alert Inc. a world class provider of Secure Mass Notification Systems (MNS) and recent winner of the U.S. Army Fort Hood Mass Notification Award today announced that the FEMA emergency operations center (EOC) at Mount Weather has successfully installed Desktop Alert into their current suite of incident management tools.

The Mount Weather Emergency Operations Center is a civilian command facility in Virginia used as the center of operations for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Also known as the "High Point Special Facility" (HPSF), its preferred designation since 1991 is "SF". The facility is a major relocation site for the highest level of civilian and military officials in case of national disaster, playing a major role in U.S. continuity of government (per the Continuity of Operations Plan).

Desktop Alert Provides Interoperable Mass Notification Platforms Using Message-Oriented Middleware. Desktop Alert will be used by the FEMA EOC to alert and notify civilian and military personnel by activating alert and warning messages related to any hazard impacting public safety and well-being when an emergency happens anywhere in North America. The system utilizes the international message sharing standard Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) and FEMA’s IPAWS-OPEN aggregator for sending and receiving messages throughout the United States. This will allow the FEMA EOC to be interoperable with disparate incident management software systems throughout the United States and Canada. The Desktop Alert software application constantly polls for IPAWS-OPEN CAP messages. This enables the EOC to be at the very crux of every situation possible.

"We are honored that Desktop Alert has been selected by FEMA and deployed at the FEMA emergency operations center. The new FEMA network alerting capability will interoperate with the Desktop Alert Mass Notification System deployed nationwide within the U.S. National Guard and U.S. Air National Guard. The unification of these critical federal agencies will significantly bolster America's homeland security efforts in the event of an emergency." said Howard Ryan, CEO and Founder Desktop Alert Inc.

The Desktop Alert Mass Notification System sends an unlimited number of emergency scenario alert messages at the click of a single button. This system is also a one stop shop offering a single point of entry for viewing NWS weather (tropical storm, blizzard, and tornado patterns), United States Geological Survey (USGS) maps and data, traffic models, etc. from a single interface.

The Desktop Alert Mass Notification Platform is currently serving the National Guard and The Air National Guard nationwide for alerting requirements in both land and air across the United States during an emergency. The alerting platform is the largest combined nationwide deployment of an IP-Based alerting system in U.S. History.

About Desktop Alert:

Desktop Alert has the capacity to integrate giant voice systems, siren systems, telephony systems, mobile devices and workstations at host locations nationwide and internationally. Desktop Alert consolidates multiple warning systems into one web-based user interface enabling command operators to initiate emergency alerts to any warning devices via a single web-based interface. Desktop Alert is an Enterprise-class unified alerts management system that includes the capability to:

  •      Initiate emergency alerts to any warning device via single web-based interface
  •      Integrate user data from disparate data sources such as LDAP/Active Directory, SIDPERS and MILPDS
  •      Manage single repository of emergency scenarios
  •      Manage permission-based access for operators (unlimited administrators/moderators)
  •      Enable real-time tracking and reporting
  •      Manage integration to multiple delivery devices
  •      Manage real-time reports, communications, video surveillance and more
  •      Manage DoD Approved XMPP Live Instant Messaging

For more information on Desktop Alert, please visit http://www.desktopalert.net.

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