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National Preparedness Month

September 7, 2011 - 11:13 AM by Jamie Barnett, Chief, Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau
  The National Preparedness Month, is an awareness campaign that occurs during the month of September, to bring awareness to the preparations necessary before, during, and after a natural or man-made disaster.  With the recent Virginia earthquake and Hurricane Irene hitting so close
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Tips for Communicating in an Emergency

August 27, 2011 - 01:59 PM by Jamie Barnett, Chief, Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau
I want to share some important emergency information to you for during the storm so that you and your family stay safe.Recommended Practices for All UsersIt is important for consumers to keep in mind that during an emergency, many more people are trying to use their wireless and wireline
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FCC Releases Narrowbanding Waiver Guidance PN

July 26, 2011 - 03:11 PM by Zenji Nakazawa, Deputy Chief, Public Safety & Homeland Security Bureau
If you were driving and encountered one of those yellow traffic signs that indicated the road ahead narrowed from three to two lanes, would you: (a) ignore it, press the pedal to the metal and hope for the best, (b) wait until the very last moment and then cut in front of the next car inches
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Communicating with the Public During Emergencies

July 8, 2011 - 10:05 AM by Jamie Barnett, Chief, Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau
With over 1,400 tornadoes and widespread flooding, we have already seen too much loss of life from natural disasters this year.  A bright spot in these terrible reports is when we hear a survivor say, “I got the warning, and I got to safety.”  This is the crucial premise of all
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First Nationwide Test of the EAS

June 9, 2011 - 12:45 PM by James A. Barnett, Jr., Chief, Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau
Early warnings save lives. This was demonstrated recently and dramatically during the major earthquake and tsunami that devastated Eastern Japan. Except for Japan’s early warning systems, loss of life would have been much higher. Here at the FCC, we have a series of initiatives to ensure that
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National Hurricane Preparedness Week

May 25, 2011 - 01:17 PM by Jamie Barnett, Chief, Public Safety & Homeland Security Bureau
The Public Safety & Homeland Security Bureau can trace it’s origin from the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.  So, for us in the Bureau, National Hurricane Preparedness Week marks an extremely significant time when our work and focus are clearly oriented to the potential damage these
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Managing Cybersecurity for Small Business

May 18, 2011 - 10:05 AM by Jamie Barnett, Chief, Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau
In today’s connected economy, businesses must be certain that their operations are secure. The numbers from across the country show that, for too many small businesses, cybersecurity is overlooked. One in two don’t have security plans in place, while three of every four small and medium
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Chairman’s PLAN Remarks

May 11, 2011 - 05:56 PM by George Krebs, New Media
Chairman Julius Genachoswki spoke at the World Trade Center site in New York City yesterday to kick off PLAN (Personal Localized Alerting Network). Joining him were New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, and a handful of executives from the nation’s largest
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Announcing: Emergency Mobile Alerts

May 10, 2011 - 11:04 AM by Julius Genachowski, Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission
Today, I am honored to be at the World Trade Center site with New York City Mayor Bloomberg, FEMA Administrator Fugate, and the heads of the nation’s largest wireless carriers to announce an important initiative to harness the power of communications technology to enhance public safety and
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The Great Eastern Japan Earthquake Disaster of 2011

May 4, 2011 - 10:02 AM by Jamie Barnett, Chief, Public Safety & Homeland Security Bureau
The earthquake came first, but it was not like all of the other earthquakes they had known. The ground shook so violently, for so long that afternoon on March 11, 2011, the earth liquefying in many places. The destruction of the magnitude 9.0 earthquake was unimaginable, but the wall of water
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