Emergency notifications: Twentieth century or twenty-first?


  • Kevin Curran, MBA




Emergency Alert System, Wireless Emergency Alerts, mass notification, sirens, public Notification


This article explores one area of the decision-making process for emergency managers: when and how to issue a public notification. For certain emergencies, a plan is in place. In other scenarios, a notification decision must be made that could be the difference between life and death. Perhaps the best known of these options is the mass media Emergency Alert System. However, newer options may provide better ways to inform a potentially affected population. Through interviews and literature reviews, this article will explore the choices available and the need for a coherent decision to be made in a difficult environment.

Author Biography

Kevin Curran, MBA

PhD Student, Gaylord College, University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma.


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How to Cite

Curran, MBA, K. “Emergency Notifications: Twentieth Century or Twenty-First?”. Journal of Emergency Management, vol. 14, no. 5, Nov. 2016, pp. 335-47, doi:10.5055/jem.2016.0298.