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Public Warning Network Challenge

Endorsing Organisations

Alliance for Earth Observations
AMBER Alert Consortium
Cellular Emergency Alert Service Association
ComCARE Alliance
Critical Distance
eGY - The Electronic Geophysical Year
Emergency Interoperability Consortium
Global Coral Reef Alliance
Global Spatial Data Infrastructure (GSDI)
incident.com
International Telecommunications Union (ITU)
Internet Society (ISOC)
Internet Society Indonesian Chapter
LIRNEasia
MCI
NASCIO
National ICT Australia (NICTA)
NOAA's National Weather Service
NYU Center for Catastrophe Preparedness & Response
Partnership for Public Warning
PubSub Concepts, Inc.
TeleCommunity Resource Center
Teton Tectonics
UN/ISDR Platform for the Promotion of Early Warning
United States Geological Survey (USGS)

Endorsing Organization: Alliance for Earth Observations
Public Warning Challenge Endorsed by Alliance for Earth Observations Reducing loss of life and property from disasters related to natural hazards is a key goal of many stakeholders who deal with Earth observations. This goal is shared by members of the Alliance for Earth Observations in their collaborative efforts to promote the understanding and use of land, air and sea observations for societal and economic benefits. The Alliance for Earth Observations endorses the challenge to assure that standards-based, all-media, all-hazards public warning becomes available to all societies worldwide. We stand ready to collaborate vigorously in making this vision a reality.
For More Information, see: http://www.strategies.org/Alliance/
Name of Endorsement Signer: Ms. Colleton Nancy - President, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies
 
Endorsing Organization: AMBER Alert Consortium
Amber Alert Consortium backs all goals of Public Warning Challenge through existing AMBER Alert PortalThe AMBER Alert Consortium (AAC) addressed the lack of technology/interoperability utilized in child abductions. The AAC, a seamless interoperable national portal, allows local law enforcement to expedite the time it takes and ensure that the alert is reaching the greatest number of individuals that can help bring the child home safely. Over a secure link, police officers send alerts to the Portal which translates the alerts into real-time geo-spatial driven alerts for all media. Among others, alerts are expressed using Common Alerting Protocol, and sent directly to cell phones/fax/e-mail, other Web sites, radio and television broadcast stations, as well as street and highway signs. The AAC is in complete agreement with the statement that collaborative actions are mandatory to assure that standards-based, all-media, all-hazards public warning network is available to all societies worldwide. The AAC is confident that the AMBER Alert Portal can be the benchmark for this vision.
For More Information, see: http://www.amberalert.org
Name of Endorsement Signer: Mr. Warner Chris J. - Co Founder
 
Endorsing Organization: Cellular Emergency Alert Service Association
CEASa Endorses Common Alert Protocol (CAP) and will engage with all Harmonisation projects in the interests of the Humanitarian agenda. The Cellular Emergency Alert Systems Association (CEASa) is a not-for-profit humanitarian organisation which is dedicated to the development of Cell Broadcasting for the advancement of the Humanitarian Agenda. CEASa has created the 'Cell@lert' project to create the needed technology. The Cell@lert project created the 'Cellcast Platform', which is a national information proccesing platform, designed to ensure that national policy is followed with respect to public warnings. It Authenticates information sources, and performs admission control of proposed messages.

CEASa have re-designed the 'Cell Broadcast Broker', (part of the Cellcast Platoform), to accept and send signals in OASIS Common Alert Protocol (CAP). This will ensure that Cell@lert can be smoothly integrated with any present or future alarm system or be part of any future system.

CEASa's partners have also provided for an international 'Cellcast Platform' (named "Geneva") which will enable international signals to be exchanged from or to national warning systems, or to be aquired from international warning organisations, at the discretion of the national government. The proposed "Geneva" system collects signals, but the national Cell Broadcast Broker follows national policy with respect to how the signal is processed. In this way national soveriegnty is protected, and citizens are protected by their own government.

For More Information, see: http://www.ceasa-int.org
Name of Endorsement Signer: Mr. Wood Mark - Hon. Sec
 
Endorsing Organization: ComCARE Alliance
ComCARE endorses standards-based, geospatially enabled, all-hazards public warning programsComCARE is a 100-member national advocacy group working to advance emergency response in both individual and mass emergencies. ComCARE believes that the most effective public warning system is one that securely gets emergency messages to the wide variety of possible alerting mechanisms ensuring that the greatest levels of penetration are achieved. It is one that is used for all hazards reporting, not just tsunamis, or weather, or terrorist alerts. A public warning framework that uses existing technologies integrated with standards-based communications, a geospatially-enabled routing directory, and appropriate authorization and authentication mechanisms can allow agencies to quickly communicate with one another as well as the public. ComCARE has been actively working with the emergency response community and technology vendors demonstrating this emergency messaging capability. We welcome anyone wishing to participate and hope we can work together to conduct a national public warning demonstration showcasing our collective commitment to this endeavor.
For More Information, see: http://www.comcare.org
Name of Endorsement Signer: Ms. Woodhall Judith - Managing Director
 
Endorsing Organization: Critical Distance
Combine Traditional & Current Technologies for best effect I set up a wiki for broadcasters immediately following the Tsunami, simply to coordinate activities after the disaster. At times like these coordination is essential and you need to know who you can trust. I can see that should a Tsunami strike Europe or the Caribbean (like it did in 1755) we would not be prepared either. Web and broadcast technologies need to prepare - and test the technology. No good waiting until the real thing.
For More Information, see: http://www.criticaldistance.org
Name of Endorsement Signer: Mr. Marks Jonathan P. - Director
 
Endorsing Organization: eGY - The Electronic Geophysical Year
The Challenge of Public Warning Endorsed by eGY, the Electronic Geophysical YeareGY, the Electronic Geophysical Year, strongly endorses the goal to assure that standards-based, all-media, all-hazards public warning becomes an essential infrastructure component available to all societies worldwide. eGY is in complete agreement that collaborative actions are necessary and eGY is beginning to act immediately. As a first step, EGY is bringing this Challenge of Public Warning to the attention of scientific organizations worldwide that play a role in the detection and communication of all manner of hazards and threats. This work is well aligned with the eGY mission to promote worldwide cooperation in the application of modern information and communication technologies, in the tradition of the profoundly successful International Geophysical Year 50 years ago.
For More Information, see: http://www.egy.org
Name of Endorsement Signer: Dr Peterson William K. - eGY Secretary
 
Endorsing Organization: Emergency Interoperability Consortium
The Emergency Interoperability Consortium applauds the Internet Society for launching the Public Warning Network Challenge, and believes that there is no greater issue in public safety and emergency management today.The EIC is pleased to acknowledge the Internet Society for launching the Public Warning Network Challenge. Working in conjunction with the Emergency Management Technical Committee at OASIS, the EIC has helped produce the first valid Web service standard for the exchange of critical alert information through the Common Alerting Protocol CAP). CAP has demonstrated the ability to permit totally dissimilar systems to share time-sensitive information in ways that can save lives and limit damage.
For More Information, see: http://www.eic.org
Name of Endorsement Signer: Mr. Walton Matt - Chairman
 
Endorsing Organization: Global Coral Reef Alliance
The Global Coral Reef Alliance endorses the Public Warning Network ChallengeAs a long time international monitor and preserver of one of the world's most fragile ecosystems, GCRA has worked to preserve natural barriers to shoreline erosion, essential marine biodiversity, and public awareness of up to date threats to coastal and marine ecosystems. Through our network of coral reef collaborators, we can provide updates on these threats to improve responses from all corners of the world.
For More Information, see: http://www.globalcoral.org
Name of Endorsement Signer: Mr. Allen Jonathan C. - Engineering Consultant
 
Endorsing Organization: Global Spatial Data Infrastructure (GSDI)
Geographic Data is Crucial to All-Hazards Public Warning WorldwideSpatial data infrastructures allow nations to better address social, economic, and environmental issues of pressing importance, including the critically important mechanisms of public warning. As part of our role to promote international cooperation and collaboration in support of such local, national and international infrastructures, the GSDI Association strongly endorses this call for collaborative action to assure that standards-based, all-media, all-hazards public warning is available to all societies worldwide. The many national and other participants in the GSDI Association are ready to work closely with any and all information and communications technology providers to achieve this worthy goal as soon as possible.
For More Information, see: http://www.gsdi.org/
Name of Endorsement Signer: Dr. Rao Mukund - President, GSDI Association
 
Endorsing Organization: incident.com
An All-Hazard, All-Mode Approach to Warning is EssentialAs a private consultant to local and national governments and the private sector, I am committed to a research-based, results-oriented approach to warning system design and operation. In particular, I continue to support efforts to deploy the Common Alerting Protocol as a platform for warning system integration.
For More Information, see: http://www.incident.com/cap/
Name of Endorsement Signer: Mr. Botterell Art
 
Endorsing Organization: International Telecommunications Union (ITU)
ITU Endorses Collaboration on Standards-based, All-media, All-hazards Public Warning Communication links have always been a critical component in disaster response, reduction and relief. Following the tsunami in December 2004, information and communication technology were critical in coordination of the largest humanitarian relief effort ever mounted by the United Nations.

The ITU is a UN organization which brings governments and industry together to coordinate global telecommunication networks and services. The ITU is responsible for standardization, coordination and development of international telecommunications, as well as the harmonization of national policies.

The ITU strongly endorses the statement that collaborative actions are necessary to assure that standards-based, all-media, all-hazards public warning becomes an essential infrastructure component available to all societies worldwide. The ITU also seeks to highlight: the role of emergency telecommunications in disaster reduction, breaking regulatory barriers that impede emergency telecommunications; the use of multi-purpose community telecentres for the dissemination of disaster related information; and, the strategic role of mobile communications.

For More Information, see: http://www.itu.int/emergencytelecoms/
Name of Endorsement Signer: Mr. Zhao Houlin - Director, ITU Telecomm. Standardization Bureau TSB
 
Endorsing Organization: Internet Society (ISOC)
The Internet Society Endorses Public Warning as Essential to the Information SocietyAs world leaders in information and communications technology, the Internet community was dismayed that failures of effective public warning contributed to the massive disaster in December 2004. The Internet Society (ISOC) is resolved to foster the kind of collaborative actions that will lead to standards-based, all media, all-hazards public warning becoming an essential infrastructure component available to all societies worldwide. ISOC has long been active on a broad range of issues related to the societal impacts of the Internet, and we will place a priority on helping to raise awareness of public warning from a public policy perspective as well as a technology perspective. The Public Warning Network Challenge is a first step in that direction.
For More Information, see: http://www.isoc.org/pubpolpillar/
Name of Endorsement Signer: Ms. St. Amour Lynn - President and CEO of the Internet Society
 
Endorsing Organization: Internet Society Indonesian Chapter
We will definitely do our share being the worst afflicted country in the tsunami event and seeing that another major earthquake just recently hit us again, we definitely have to be concerned in this and support any effort to prevent or minimise losses on future disasters.
For More Information, see: http://www.isoc-id.org
Name of Endorsement Signer: Mr. Effendi Irwan - Secretary
 
Endorsing Organization: LIRNEasia
Challenge already taken up through all-hazards national early warning system initiative in Sri Lanka LIRNEasia, a regional ICT policy and regulatory reform capacity building organization based in Sri Lanka, and the Vanguard Centre for Disaster Preparedness, a part of the Vanguard Foundation, initiated a participatory process to develop a "people's concept paper" on a national early warning system for Sri Lanka in early January 2005. Mobilizing international and national expertise within a transparent and inclusive process that has received much media coverage, we are now in the process of finalizing a comprehensive report that will be handed over to government and published in early March 2005. We endorse the Public Warning Network Challenge.
For More Information, see: http://www.lirneasia.net
Name of Endorsement Signer: Prof. Samarajiva Rohan - Executive Director
 
Endorsing Organization: MCI
MCI Endorses the goals of the Public Network Warning Challenge MCI has long been involved in the support for and continued spread and evolution of the Internet. As a major player in the telecommunications arena, MCI strongly endorses the goal of planning and preparation for resilient and rapidly deployable and repairable communication in the event of a disaster. MCI has trained staff who have been deployed at need with mobile communications capability for rapid restoration of communication. These staff train with and use the same equipment as our first responders, including situations involving hazardous materials and conditions. MCI believes that the Internet can play a critical role in support of disaster relief coordination and in support of various sensor systems designed to warn of impending natural disasters. We look forward to working with others of like persuasion to improve global ability to detect, warn of and respond to situations that place the public at risk.
For More Information, see: http://www.mci.com
Name of Endorsement Signer: Mr. Cerf Vinton - SVP Technology Strategy
 
Endorsing Organization: NASCIO
An All-Hazard Web Portal Consortium Leveraging Internet Welcomes ParticipationPublic warning can be made far more effective by leveraging digital standards and technologies that are revolutionizing global communications. The greatest benefits to humanity will come through national and global collaboration on non-proprietary, technology-neutral standards such as the Common Alerting Protocol (CAP). The Internet and other TCP/IP based networks can be leveraged immediately to mitigate future disasters such as the tragic tsunami last December. NASCIO, working with many others, is helping build an All-Hazard Web Portal Alert Consortium of Federal, State, and local government, industry, and others interested in improving public warning. We are building on the successful AMBER Alert Web Portal Consortium that has leveraged Internet and the best in technology from dozens of companies to save children's lives. This new consortium's goal is an interoperable solution for real-time alerting that can be implemented nationally and by any other interested country. All involved welcome participation or evaluation by any interested organizations.
For More Information, see: http://www.NASCIO.org
Name of Endorsement Signer: Mr. Robinson Douglas T. - Executive Director
 
Endorsing Organization: National ICT Australia (NICTA)
National ICT Australia Endorses Challlenge of Public Warning National ICT Australia (NICTA) is working on emergency incident technologies and we welcome collaboration on solutions that assure effective public warning is available to everyone, everywhere. Drawing on the resources of Australia's pre-eminent Information and Communications Technology (ICT) centre of excellence, NICTA brings skills and expertise in developing and applying international standards to technology challenges in the areas of information and communications. We join with other national and international organizations in strongly endorsing this call for collaborative action so that standards-based, all-media, all-hazards public warning becomes an essential infrastructure component available to all societies worldwide.
For More Information, see: http://nicta.com.au/
Name of Endorsement Signer: Dr. Iannella Renato - Project Leader
 
Endorsing Organization: NOAA's National Weather Service
NOAA's National Weather Service Endorses Further Collaborations on All-Hazards Public Warning Given that weather-related hazards give rise to the majority of emergency situations affecting the public, NOAA's National Weather Service (NWS) has a long history of involvement in public warning systems. We strongly agree that emergency managers must be able to alert the public about all major hazards and should communicate warning messages via all available notification technologies. We endorse completely the stated challenge to undertake collaborative actions as necessary to assure that standards-based, all-media, all-hazards public warning becomes an essential infrastructure component available to all societies worldwide. In that regard, NWS over the last year has been operating an experimental listing of Watches, Warnings, and Advisories using the Common Alerting Protocol.
For More Information, see: http://weather.gov/alerts/
Name of Endorsement Signer: Mr. Bunge Robert D. - Internet Dissemination Officer, OCIO
 
Endorsing Organization: NYU Center for Catastrophe Preparedness & Response
Public Warning Systems Need to Be Updated to Meet Changing Patterns of CommunicationChanging patterns of human settlement, emerging catastrophic threats, and new technological opportunities all highlight the limitations of public warning systems designed during the Cold War. ISOC's challenge provides a much-needed impetus to spark innovation in an area that has seen little since the 1950s. New York University's Center for Catastrophe Preparedness is currently undertaking several research efforts to better understand the changing dynamics of emergency communications, especially in large metropolitan regions.
For More Information, see:
Name of Endorsement Signer: Dr. Townsend Anthony M. - Research Scientist
 
Endorsing Organization: Partnership for Public Warning
Partnership for Public Warning Endorses Call for Collaborative ActionsWe know that timely and effective public warnings save lives, reduce property losses and speeds recovery. The Partnership for Public Warning (a non-profit organization where government and industry are working together to improve America's public warning capability) is pleased to endorse the call for collaborative actions to assure that standards-based, all media, all-hazards public warning becomes an essential infrastructure component available to all societies worldwide. The PPW vision is the development of an all-hazard alert and warning system - using all available methods of communication -- that provides the right information to the right people at the right time during and after and emergency. PPW is proud to be a strong advocate for a more effective public warning capability as a national priority of the United States. Specifically, PPW has proposed a national strategy that can be implemented in 24 months for less than $10 million.
For More Information, see: http://www.partnershipforpublicwarning.org
Name of Endorsement Signer: Mr. Allen Kenneth B, - Executive Director
 
Endorsing Organization: PubSub Concepts, Inc.
PubSub Concepts endorses the ISOC Challenge of Public WarningPubSub.com provides an Internet-Scale, free and openly accessible publish/subscribe notification and alerting system allowing the public to monitor a wide range of events including earthquake notifications provided by the USGS and other agencies (http://pubsub.com/earthquakes.php). We are committed to expanding the range of our Public Warning services to include other event types critical to maintaining public safety. Our standards based system currently provides a broad range of delivery options for XML-based notifications via email, RSS, Jabber/XMPP, REST and SOAP.. We also support CAP (The Common Alerting Protocol) where applicable.
For More Information, see:
Name of Endorsement Signer: Mr. Wyman Bob - CTO
 
Endorsing Organization: TeleCommunity Resource Center
Shared Community Preparedness Planning - resources, models and supportThe nonprofit TeleCommunity Resource Center worked to help coordinate and support inter-community communications during recent hurricane disasters on the Gulf Coast. Our experiences then dramatically and painfully illustrated a need for improved inter- and intra-community crisis preparedness, including communications planning. We are now focused on developing and sharing models for community-level emergency preparedness. A key current project is to help incorporate CAP Alerts and other advisories into simple, reliable local information/warning systems. Our goal is to provide easily adopted tools for communities to receive and disseminate emergency warning information.
For More Information, see: http://telecommunity.us
Name of Endorsement Signer: Dr Crick Gene - Executive Director
 
Endorsing Organization: Teton Tectonics
Global Collaboration, Standards And Interoperability Are Required For All Nations To Provide The Most Effective Public WarningsLocal government is responsible for providing warnings to all citizens directly at risk from natural or manmade threats. Local groups often need technical assistance from specialists in other regions or countries. Many technologies exist to provide such assistance and to deliver warnings directly to the people at risk. These technologies are constantly being improved. The primary need is for collaboration between officials with warnings to issue in many countries and for them to work with industry to implement global solutions for improving delivery of warnings. The basis for this collaboration needs to be interoperable, non-proprietary standards. Internet is one such standard that can be leveraged right now to improve public warning significantly. The recent tsunami tragedy provides stark evidence for why such collaboration should be enhanced immediately. A public/private consortium with leadership from DHS and the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) will demonstrate an all-hazard web-portal-based warning capability this year. All involved encourage participation or evaluation by any interested organizations.
For More Information, see: http://www.sdr.gov/NDIS_rev_Oct27.pdf
Name of Endorsement Signer: Dr. Ward Peter L. - CEO
 
Endorsing Organization: UN/ISDR Platform for the Promotion of Early Warning
UN group supports people-centered early warning systems for disasters, worldwide, all hazardsDisasters have been increasing as a result of more people being more vulnerable and inadequate capacities to deal with natural hazards and vulnerabilities. Early warning and preparedness is internationally recognized as a high payoff activity to reduce disaster impacts, but they are many gaps, especially in vulnerable developing countries. The aim of the UN/ISDR Platform for the Promotion of Early Warning (PPEW) is "The reduction of the growing impacts of disasters, through the development of more systematic approaches to the use of early warning of the conditions that lead to disasters".

Accordingly, PPEW strongly endorses the statement that collaborative actions are needed to assure that all-media, all-hazards public warning becomes available to all societies worldwide.

[UN/ISDR is the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction]

For More Information, see: http://www.unisdr-earlywarning.org
Name of Endorsement Signer: Mr. Basher Reid - Coordinator
 
Endorsing Organization: United States Geological Survey (USGS)
USGS Endorses Collaboration on All-Hazards Public WarningThe United States Geological Survey is committed to help assure that standards-based, all-media, all-hazards public warning becomes available to all societies worldwide. The USGS has particular responsibilities in public warning for earthquakes, volcanoes, landslides, wildlife diseases and invasive species, and works with other government agencies on hazards such as tsunami, wildland fires, and floods, among others. We are strong supporters of international standards and we have begun implementing the Common Alerting Protocol. We will continue to collaborate actively with the many other organizations having vital roles in this crucially important objective, especially providers of information and communications technology.
For More Information, see: http://www.usgs.gov/
Name of Endorsement Signer: Dr. Groat Chip - Director of USGS