Wide Area/Statewide Emergency Notification Systems
Full Name:
NENA Wide Area / Statewide Emergency Notification Systems OID
Document Type: Informational
Number: 56-503

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 interchangeably.

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.

Because of 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.

Committee Name(s): Standard Operating Committee
Wide Area Emergency Notification System Working Group

Created: 6/6/2006


NENA Wide Area / Statewide Emergency Notification Systems OID

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).