|NENA Wide Area / Statewide Emergency Notification Systems OID
This document contains a variety of strategies, points for
consideration, and other operational guidance related to Wide Area
and/or Statewide Emergency Notification Systems (WA/S ENS). Used
hereafter, the terms Wide Area Notification, Statewide Emergency
Notification, and Large Area Emergency Notification are used
NENA received information from commercial
vendors and practicing members regarding what was believed a "serious
disconnect” between what public safety agencies were seeking to purchase
and the intended/eventual use of a wide area/statewide emergency
notification system. In some instances the solicitation generated by the
requesting agency would contradict the end-purpose for which the
purchased solution was eventually used. Understandably, the end results
were less than desirable and, in some cases, resulted in threats of
lawsuits, non-response by vendors to solicitations, loss of jobs, wasted
resources, and other negative (unintended) effects.
NENA’s success in establishing operational standards for Emergency
Telephone Notification Systems (ETNS) and the positive comments received
about the ETNS Standards Document1, NENA agreed to form a working group
to research the issues related to wide area/statewide emergency
notification systems and, where appropriate, make cogent comments/suggestions
in the form of an operational information document. A working group was
formed and assigned a specific charge of responsibility.
Related Standards: Emergency Telephone Notification Systems
The purpose of this body of standards titled "Minimum Standards for
Emergency Telephone Notification Systems” is to provide guidance to the
public safety and private sector communities on operational,
administrative and procedural issues – along with general technical
considerations - germane to the proper implementation and management of
an ETNS system.
The standards are intended to provide a basis for
self-assessment and constructive regulation of ETNS system providers.
Further, the standards establish criteria for the responsible use of
these systems as it relates to emergency management, emergency
communications, and community awareness (in general terms).