April 6, 20220

When emergencies strike, public safety officials use timely and reliable systems to alert you. This page describes different warning alerts you can get and how to get them.

Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEAs)

Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEAs) are short emergency messages from authorized federal, state, local, tribal and territorial public alerting authorities that can be broadcast from cell towers to any WEA‐enabled mobile device in a locally targeted area. WEAs can be sent by state and local public safety officials, the National Weather Service, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and the President of the United States.

Illustration of an AMBER Alert on a mobile phone.
  • WEAs look like text messages but are designed to get your attention with a unique sound and vibration repeated twice.
  • WEAs are no more than 360 characters and include the type and time of the alert, any action you should take, and the agency issuing the alert.
  • WEAs are not affected by network congestion and will not disrupt texts, calls, or data sessions that are in progress.
  • You are not charged for receiving WEAs and there is no need to subscribe.
If you are not receiving WEAs here are some tips to troubleshoot your mobile device:


  1. Check the settings on your mobile device and review your user manual (you may be able to find this online too).
    • Older phones may not be WEA capable, and some cell phone models require you to enable WEAs.
    • Some mobile service providers call these messages “Government Alerts,” or “Emergency Alert Messages.”
  2. Check with your wireless provider to see if they can resolve the issue.

To provide comments or concerns about WEAs sent in your area contact local officials directly.

Emergency Alert System (EAS)

The Emergency Alert System (EAS) is a national public warning system that allows the president to address the nation within 10 minutes during a national emergency. State and local authorities may also use the system to deliver important emergency information such as weather information, imminent threats, AMBER alerts, and local incident information targeted to specific areas.

A tv shows the message: Emergency Alert System  National Weather Service has issued a tornado warning for the following counties:
  • The EAS is sent through broadcasters, satellite digital audio services, direct broadcast satellite providers, cable television systems, and wireless cable systems.
  • The President has sole responsibility for determining when the national-level EAS will be activated. FEMA and the FCC are responsible for national-level tests and exercises.
  • The EAS is also used when all other means of alerting the public are unavailable.

NOAA Weather Radio (NWR)

NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards (NWR) is a nationwide network of radio stations that broadcast continuous weather information from the nearest National Weather Service office based on your physical location.

Illustration of a woman listening to the radio, with heavy rain outside the window.
  • NWR broadcasts official warnings, watches, forecasts, and other hazard information 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • NWR also broadcasts alerts of non-weather emergencies such as national security or public safety threats through the Emergency Alert System.

HQE provides a FEMA IPAWS certified Emergency Mass Notification Alert System.

For more information on how to prepare for tornadoes, contact



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January 20, 20220

Staying Safe from Tornadoes

Tornadoes left a trail of destruction across five states in the south this week. Severe storms continue toward the southeast, with more threats of tornadoes and intense wind. If you’re in the path of these severe storms, it’s important to know how to stay safe.  Since 2014, HQE Systems, Inc. has been installing outdoor warning sirens (tornado warning sirens) for hundreds of clients to ensure that each and every community is protected and prepared for tornadoes.

Tornadoes are violently rotating columns of air that can destroy buildings, flip cars, and create deadly flying debris. They bring intense winds over 200 miles per hour and can happen anytime, anywhere.

If you are under a severe weather warning, follow NOAA Weather Radio and your local news or official social media accounts for updated emergency information. One way to know a tornado is coming is by the loud, almost freight-like sound they can make.

If there is a tornado warning, you should take shelter immediately. To stay safe during a tornado, follow these steps:

  • Listen for the intelligible tornado warning sirens alerts (modern sirens are capable of sending voice alerts vice the legacy tone alerts)
  • Immediately go to a safe location such as a safe room, basement, storm cellar, or a small interior room on the lowest level of a sturdy building.
  • Stay away from windows, doors, and outside walls.
  • Protect yourself by covering your head or neck with your arms and putting materials such as furniture and blankets around or on top of you.

If you’re in your car, do not try to outrun a tornado. Additionally:

  • Do not go under an overpass or bridge. You’re safer in a low, flat location.
  • Watch out for flying debris that can cause injury or death.

Even after a tornado passes, it’s important to stay alert and use caution when clearing debris.

  • Stay clear of fallen power lines or broken utility lines.
  • Wear appropriate gear during clean-up, such as thick-soled shoes, long pants, and work gloves, and use appropriate face coverings or masks if cleaning mold or other debris.
  • Do not enter damaged buildings until you are told they are safe.

For more information on how to prepare for tornadoes, contact

Credit: FEMA


HQE Systems, Inc.   |   HQE is a FEMA Certified Minority-Owned Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business providing full solutions for: Mass Notification Systems, Electronic Security Systems, Software Development Services, Contract Support, and Prototyping Services.  As a brand agnostic solutions provider, HQE prides itself in providing the BEST solution for the project.  HQE possesses over 30+ factory certifications and reseller licenses to ensure that our clients receive the highest quality of service at the lowest budget.  HQE is capable of providing full design, installation, integrations, upgrades, and long-term maintenance support for any size and scope project. #HQESystems #HQE #SystemsIntegration #FEMAIPAWS #MassNotificationSystems #MNS #ElectronicNotificationSystem #OutdoorWarningSirens #GiantVoiceSpeakers #EarlyWarningSirens #TornadoSirens #TsunamiWarningSirens #FederalSignal #ATISystems #SiRcom #Whelen #Genasys #AmericanSignal #Everbridge #Onsolve #Blackboard #ActiveShooterLocators #CampusViolenceSensors #IndoorNotifications  #ElectronicSecuritySystems #AccessControlSystems #IntrusionDetectionSystems #ClosedCircuitTelevision #ACS #IDS #CCTV #SurveilanceCameras #SoftwareDevelopment #Artificialntelligence #MachineLearningSoftware


October 14, 20200

Every moment counts in an emergency, so getting help should be as simple as dialing 911. In Kari Hunt Dunn’s case, that phone call proved impossible — her hotel room didn’t allow guests to directly dial emergency services. As Dunn’s estranged husband attacked her in 2013, her young daughter made several attempts to call authorities for help. None went through because she didn’t first dial “9” for an outside line.

But a new federal law will make a difference for the next victim. Kari’s Law requires multi-line phone systems to have a default configuration that enables users to dial 911 directly. While the law doesn’t require mass notification, it highly recommends organizations deploy on-site notification – which automatically sends alerts to executives and on-site emergency responders – if the communications solution in place supports it.

As a result, government agencies, universities and K-12 schools need to be sure their communications solutions comply with the law. Although many legacy phone systems don’t have this functionality, today’s communications technology offers a robust and easily installed solution at a reasonable cost.

To help with your planning, here’s an overview of two technologies – on-site notification and mass notification – and how they can make your school community and government offices safer.

On-site notification

On-site notification keeps the people in your care safer by automatically notifying first responders of an emergency, getting trained assistance to the right people in less time.

Executives can notify staff and on-site police and security as soon as someone dials 911. Alerts include the name, extension number and exact location of the caller. This is especially important in large government buildings and school campuses. Simultaneous notification allows the right people to respond immediately in an appropriate and unified manner. The system’s built-in messaging even allows text communications to be sent from desktops, further enhancing a timely and coordinated response.

Currently only a recommendation, on-site notification will likely become required in the future. In fact, this technology is already available and affordable with new communications technology solutions. As legacy phone systems reach the end of their lifespans, more organizations are sure to adopt this feature.

Finally, integrating your emergency notification system with door locks removes the need to physically lock doors, providing increased protection in an instant. Staffers can initiate a lockdown or lockout from any type of phone.

Mass notification

The technology that underlies onsite notifications systems – intelligent mass notification – offers additional safety features. Most importantly, governments and schools can quickly deliver critical information to an entire community or relevant subgroup when emergencies arise. The technology is also versatile. For example, administrators can use a variety of channels and devices to send alerts.


September 3, 20200

If you’re in the financial services industry, you’re familiar with the dozens of whitepapers, trend reports, and news articles discussing the importance of legacy system modernization.

But “legacy modernization” as a buzzword doesn’t have to mean starting from scratch, rather it hints at the idea of bridging the divide between your existing legacy systems and the new ecosystem of apps that your customers demand connectivity to.

bridging the gap between legacy and modern systems

We’ve found that it’s helpful to think of this connectivity through a construction metaphor – an integration “bridge” that helps data move back and forth among your current infrastructure, your customers’ legacy (ERP) systems, and the “latest and greatest” apps that your users are consistently requesting from your CS team.

In theory, any skilled developer can build a brittle bridge of point-to-point connectivity between each business-critical application – whether it’s flexible, maintainable, and easy to adapt in the future is another question in and of itself.

According to BDO’s 2019 Middle Market Digital Transformation report, customers “will want to manage all their finances—not just one component—in one place, on the devices convenient to them. They will expect nothing less than real-time engagement when they need it. They will value simplicity, efficiency, and transparency.” But to achieve this reality, FIs need to offer myriad seamless integrations that connect to the applications customers need.

Banks’ widespread offerings (payments, lending, investment management, etc.) necessitate more. A better experience to retain customers, overcome fintech competition, and gain a future-ready technological edge.

PwC’s “Financial Services Technology 2020 and Beyond” report explains, “APIs require that financial institutions think differently about strategy… This is not just an issue for business strategists; it has clear technical implications for the teams who are responsible for doing the work.” As systems become more diverse and complex, FIs are forced to up their game via holistic data access.

Building More Bridges – Sustainably

You’re probably really happy with me at this point for telling you to do more with your integrations (sarcasm), but building better experiences for your customers doesn’t necessarily mean building one-off connections that require a large portion of your development team’s time to maintain. There’s another option – one-to-many integrations.

With one-to-many integrations, you map your data objects once to a canonical resource (such as our Finance Hub) and, via that multi-tenanted content, quickly connect to leading ERPs such as QuickBooks, NetSuite, & Microsoft Dynamics GP. One-to-many integrations offer both faster time-to-value and reduced LOE for your developers so your junior devs can take care of the integration work while others on the team focus on innovation.

The Maintenance Burden

But what happens when a bridge is broken and the data crossing the bridge (legacy <–> modern) can’t make it from one system to the other? Gaps in usability that necessitate hastened development work and hours on the phone assuring customers that a fix is ongoing.

You might have read about (or encountered) the very public dispute between Plaid and Capital One a couple of years ago. Using integration techniques that cause security concerns (screen-scraping vs API), or failing to offer robust, usable APIs are both characteristics of brittle bridges that make sharing data between legacy and modern systems difficult.

Not only did the collapse of this bridge eventually lead to integrations breaking (TurboTax couldn’t pull interest statements automatically for Capital One accounts this spring, frustrating my colleague on tax day…), but consider also the amount of rework needed behind the scenes to rebuild functionality customers have come to expect.

Sure, this FI vs. fintech battle is a public manifestation of how many banks feel about providing customer data access to fintech upstarts, but the public drama and backend hair-pulling & patching could have been avoided by building secure, multi-use integration ‘bridges’ (to our metaphor) from the start. Think about integration platforms as the people managing the bridge day-to-day to make sure nothing goes awry rather than the repair crew that comes in when cables start to snap.

Summing it Up

Financial institutions are in a unique position where one-to-many integrations can prove maximally beneficial in bridging the gap between existing and “new-to-them” systems. The need for connectivity to boost customer retention, gain a competitive edge, and provide a seamless experience is here to stay.


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