Emergency Mass Notification Systems

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June 13, 20220

Are You Looking To Upgrade or Install A New Outdoor Warning Siren System? If so, read the TOP 3 things that you should know about Outdoor Warning Systems before you spend hundreds of thousands if not millions on your next purchase.

More than likely you are an Emergency Manager, Safety Officer, Police or Fire Department Official tasked with the daunting task of upgrading/installing an outdoor warning siren system.  Replacing and upgrading outdoor warning sirens occurs every ten to fifteen years for an organization.  This means that the system you most likely choose will have a direct impact on the community for the next decade. Because of this, we wanted to help our Emergency Managers/Safety Officers to consider these 3 simple but powerful points before allocating a single penny to a system.

  1. Do you need to rip and replace the entire system or can you salvage part of the system that is already in place (obviously this is for those with existing systems)? If you have an existing system that is partially working or has several years left, there are modern outdoor warning siren systems that can integrate into the existing legacy sirens to extend the life of the current system.  This ensures that the investment made into the existing system can be extended a bit longer without sacrificing reliability or effectiveness.  Don’t rip and replace a perfectly good system that just needs to be modernized.  You can save hundreds of thousands of dollars by maintaining the working portions of your current system and installing a modern outdoor siren management system to upgrade the solution to provide modern features.
  2. Do you have more existing life safety systems that need to be integrated into the new outdoor warning sirens?  Instead of installing more stovepiped systems that require more people and resources to manage, choose a system that has an open systems integrations capability. There are modern solutions in the market today that will integrate all of your existing life safety systems into a single management portal. This will reduce your manpower and long-term maintenance requirements. Ultimately this cost and time savings will allow you to invest in other life safety capabilities.
  3. Do you have to fight for a budget each and every year to maintain these outdoor warning sirens? There are modern outdoor warning sirens that require very little maintenance due to their superior manufacturing and construction features. These outdoor sirens have been fully operational in Iraq and Afghanistan in the harshest of environments protecting our service members from terrorist attacks and other emergencies. This means by choosing the modern reliable system, you won’t have to fight for a maintenance budget that may not be available to you each year.

2022 has been a year full of weather and human-caused catastrophic emergencies.  If you have any questions about how you should proceed with choosing the right outdoor warning siren, contact our subject matter experts. It costs you nothing to ask a few questions about what works and what doesn’t.  You don’t have to choose HQE to be your sirens installation partner, but you should choose the right siren that best protects your community. We care more about that than anything else.  Why?  As a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB), we take Serving Our Country very seriously. Just because we don’t wear our uniforms anymore doesn’t mean we stopped caring about our fellow citizens.

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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 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.

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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.

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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.

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  • 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.

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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 info@HQESystems.com

Credit: Ready.gov

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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.

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October 25, 20210

HQE Systems, Inc. is looking to partner with Fayette County, KY.

HQE’s partner should have a technical workforce that can operate hand tools, have an understanding of low voltage hardware, and be ready to provide customer support (telephonic, email, and customer support portal).

As a Minority-Owned, Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business, HQE is looking to partner with a certified Minority Woman Owned Small Business that is operating in Fayette County, KY.

If you qualify as one of the certified business entities below, please contact us.

From the client:  OUR MISSION: The mission of the Minority Business Enterprise Program is to facilitate the full participation
of minority and women owned businesses in the procurement process and to promote economic inclusion as a
business imperative essential to the long term economic viability of Lexington-Fayette Urban County
Government. To that end the city council adopted and implemented Resolution 484-2017 – A Certified Minority, Women and
Disadvantaged Business Enterprise ten percent (10%) minimum goal and a three (3%) minimum goal for
Certified Veteran-Owned Small Businesses and Certified Service Disabled Veteran – Owned Businesses for
government contracts. The resolution states the following definitions shall be used for the purposes of reaching these goals (a full copy is available in Central Purchasing):
Certified Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) – a business in which at least fifty-one percent (51%) is owned, managed
and controlled by a person(s) who is socially and economically disadvantaged as define by 49 CFR subpart 26.

Certified Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) – a business in which at least fifty-one percent (51%) is owned, managed and
controlled by an ethnic minority (i.e. African American, Asian American/Pacific Islander, Hispanic Islander, Native American/Native Alaskan Indian) as defined in federal law or regulation as it may be amended from time-to-time.

Certified Women Business Enterprise (WBE) – a business in which at least fifty-one percent (51%) is owned, managed and
controlled by a woman.

Certified Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB) – a business in which at least fifty-one percent (51%) is owned, managed
and controlled by a veteran who served on active duty with the U.S. Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines or Coast Guard.
Certified Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) – a business in which at least fifty-one percent
(51%) is owned, managed and controlled by a disabled veteran who served on active duty with the U.S. Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines or Coast Guard.

The term “Certified” shall mean the business is appropriately certified, licensed, verified, or validated by an organization or entity recognized by the Division of Purchasing as having the appropriate credentials to make a determination as to the status of the business.


 

HQE Systems Inc. is a  FEMA Certified, Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB), Minority Business Enterprise (MBE), and a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE).  HQE is a software and technology innovation company that can mitigate any pain points for clients of all sizes.

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