Successful CATAAlliance National Public Alerting Summit Concludes With Call for Canada wide mobilization of business and public sector leaders -- Delegates stress importance of collaboration and standards development
February 21, 2015

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With the growing threat of natural and man-made disasters, it is critical that Canada maintain modern reliable systems to the alert the public of pending danger in order to save lives and protect property.

February 21, 2015, Ottawa

Nearly 100 Canadian and International thought leaders converged on Edmonton to discuss the latest developments in emergency alerting. Emergency warnings can prevent loss of life and can reduce economic losses from natural and man-made disasters. Delegates to the Summit included alert issuers, emergency management officials, developers, vendors, policy makers and last mile distributors of alerts (including broadcasters and mobile operators).

The importance of collaboration among communities, provinces and internationally was stressed, including the need to develop common standards. In Canada alone there are many disperse groups working policies, procedures and standards associated with public alerting. At the international level, delegates learned that activities are only beginning to be coordinated across jurisdictions.

“CATA’s Public Alerting Summit was the first opportunity for such a diverse group of leaders to come together to explore strategies for the future of public alerting”, said David Farnes, Vice President of CATAAlliance. “So many attendees told me how much they learned during the summit – both in terms of Canadian activities and developments around the globe”, he added.

CATAAlliance is now working with stakeholders to coordinate activities flowing from the Summit. Plans are already underway for next year’s Summit, which will take place in April 2016 in Ottawa.

The CATAAlliance National Public Alerting Summit was generously supported by the Alberta Emergency Management Agency, Bruce Power, Unified Messaging Systems, Trispec Communications, SAGE Alerting Systems, Intersec Group, FutureShield, TELUS and Mobility & Wireless Solutions. Details of the event can be found here: http://cata.ca/Media_and_Events/NationalPublicAlertingSummit/

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