The Mission-Critical Resource Center

Episode 5: Alert and Warning Systems: A Primer

MCP's informational podcast series features the firm’s subject-matter experts and other industry leaders exploring a wide range of timely topics pertaining to mission-critical communications.

The fifth episode on the MCP Podcast Network is entitled “Alert and Warning Systems: A Primer.” This episode explores the varying types of alert and warning systems available in today's market, as well as:

  • The most important factors agencies should consider when deploying a system
  • Red flags to be aware of when implementing a new system
  • FEMA's IPAWS system and how agencies can implement it
  • The pros and cons of onsite versus on-premises solutions
  • The most common mistakes agencies make when implementing an alert and warning system

An edited transcript is available below.

Panelists include:

  • Pat McFeely, Enteprise Client Manager from Mission Critical Partners. Pat has extensive experience in IT while providing leadership, technical direction, coordination, education, training, and technical support. As the program manager and lead technical consultant for MCP’s Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program (CSEPP) project, Pat has assisted with the design, construction and systemization of multiple emergency operations and 911 facilities over the past seven years, as well as the replacement of multiple radio systems, alert warning systems and general information technology systems.
  • Brian Malinich, P.E., Sr. Technology Specialist & Engineering Team Lead, Mission Critical Partners. Brian is a licensed professional engineer with more than 25 years of RF systems experience. Brian’s primary role with MCP is consulting engineer—he’s responsible for advising clients, developing system designs and leading project teams.
  • The episode is moderated by Glenn Bischoff, MCP content specialist and former editor of Urgent Communications and Fire Chief magazines.


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