Cooper Notification connects to FEMA alert

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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

LONG BRANCH, N.J.—Cooper Notification, a supplier of life safety and mass notification systems solutions, is offering its customers the ability to send alerts directly from their Roam Secure Alert Network to the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s mobile alert system, according to a company statement.

The Commercial Mobile Alert System, FEMA’s public alert and warning system, is the government’s latest development to communicate to the public in an emergency by sending specially formatted text messages to all devices capable of receiving the alert in a specified geographic area, the statement noted.

CMAS carries three types of alerts: presidential, Amber Alerts, and notifications of imminent life-threatening situations. Messages must meet the conditions of being “urgent, severe, and certain.”

“The ability to connect to the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System allows our authorized customers to reach the public at their current location, not just where they live,” Scott Hearn, president of Cooper Notification, said in a company statement.

Hearn added that the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System won’t replace other notification systems, but rather will complement them, availing customers of “as many channels as possible to communicate in a crisis.”